James Adler is a Yamaha artist who “can create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard” (Chicago Sun-Times) and a composer who writes “with uncommon imagination” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Posted: Jan-28-2020
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Posted: Jun-28-2022
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Compelled by the passing of his older brother, Norman, who originally encouraged his musical studies, Mr. Adler put together this musical program with the idea of remembering the past in mind. He has included his own composition for his brother, Elegy for Norman, a treasured Debussy score that belonged to his brother, as well as pieces connected to other important personages in his life: Paul Turok’s Passacaglia, Henco Espag’s Herinneringe, Mozart’s Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 311, and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Posted: Jan-23-2020
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Noted composer, pianist, and teacher James Adler was at the Yamaha for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s explosive and emotional Piano Concerto Number Two in C minor, Opus 18 (1901), and tugged at our heartstrings from the first Moderato movement onward. Adler’s playing in the opening was so vehement that it left him with a bleeding finger and the piano with bloodied keys. After a brief, necessary pause, he and QUO resumed, to give a moving, nocturne-liked Adagio sostenuto, punctuated with the soloist’s virtuoso account of the Più animato cadenza, and compellingly conveyed the sweep and yearning of its best-known theme, in the Allegro scherzando finale.

Posted: Apr-29-2022
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Posted: Jun-7-2022