Chris Ziemba - Piano

Chris's Teaching Philosophy

I believe that all students can benefit greatly from a teacher as an example and facilitator of technique, musical vocabulary, communication, and love of music.  In my teaching I try to facilitate moments of experimental creativity and put the “nuts and bolts” of technique and vocabulary into a context where we can interact with each other and understand how to evaluate our own musical experiences objectively to continue to improve.  Learning with patience and humor each student’s level is a huge inspiration to me in continuing to teach many different instruments and styles of music with all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and connect them with other musicians and experiences that are rewarding for them.

Some Music I've Been Checking Out:

Hank Mobley – Soul Station

Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz

Joe Henderson – Inner Urge

Kenny Wheeler – Gnu High

Wayne Shorter – Footprints Live!

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About Chris:

The winner of the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, 25 year-old pianist, composer, and arranger, Christopher Ziemba, is already receiving widespread critical acclaim. After Chris made his debut in March 2009 as a guest artist on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz”, David Lyon of National Public Radio reported: “Knowledgeable beyond his years, Ziemba has developed the keen sensibilities and musical awareness of a great musician.” Chris has participated in Brad Mehldau’s “Advancing Jazz Improvisation” master-classes and the Fred Hersch Young Artists Workshop and has also performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Chris received his Bachelor’s Degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education as well as his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is currently a member of the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, participating in performance and educational outreach tours world-wide.