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Stuart Isacoff is a pianist, composer, and writer, and the founding editor of the magazine Piano Today. Mr. Isacoff is the author of the highly acclaimed Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization (Knopf/Vintage in the U.S. and numerous publishers worldwide).

A winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and many major music periodicals. His written works include compositions and instructional materials published by Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, Warner Bros. Publications, Carl Fischer, and Ekay Music, Inc.

Mr. Isacoff is a featured lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has given lectures and piano performances at many venues here and abroad, including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music at Menlo, The Verbier Festival and Academy, The Gina Bachauer Foundation, The Miami Piano Festival, The Portland Piano Festival, The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Juilliard School, Sarah Lawrence, Cal Arts, and Harvard University, and at such scientific institutions and conferences as the Los Alamos National Laboratory (on connections between musical and scientific imagination), the Bradbury Science Museum, the Sarzana (Italy) Festival of Mind, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His work in interdisciplinary studies has also brought him to such venues as the Vero Beach Museum of Art, where he lectured on links between kinetic art and music, with special attention to an installation of the works of George Rickey.

Mr. Isacoff’s piano recitals often combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, demonstrating the threads that connect musical works created centuries and continents apart.