Simone Dinnerstein (born September 18, 1972) is an American classical pianist who became celebrated, both critically and commercially, for her self-financed recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, released in 2007.
Simone Andréa Dinnerstein was born in New York, New York, USA. She is the daughter of Renee and Simon Dinnerstein. She studied in the pre-college program at the Manhattan School of Music with Solomon Mikowsky. She later attended The Juilliard School of Music and was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied in London with Maria Curcio.
When the Telarc label released the self-financed recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations (Telarc CD-80692), her career was "launched into the stratosphere" with the album outselling The White Stripes on Amazon.com. In its first week of commercial release, the recording was at No.1 on the Billboard classical music CD sales chart. The disc appeared on a number of “Best of 2007” lists, including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, several radio stations, iTunes “Editor’s Choice Best Classical,” Amazon.com Best CDs of 2007, and Barnes & Noble's Top 5 Debut CDs of 2007.
To follow up on her success, Dinnerstein recorded a recital live at the Berlin Philharmonie, on Nov. 22, 2007. The program included Aaron Copland's "Piano Variations," and Anton Webern's “Variations" - neither of which was to be included on the concert CD. She then focused on three Bach-related works to be included on the CD, Bach's French Suites No. 5 in G (BWV 816); the premiere recording of Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J. S. Bach by the American composer Philip Lasser (b. 1963), and the Piano Sonata no. 32, op. 111, by Beethoven (with a first movement that makes extensive use of fugal textures reminiscent of Bach). The recording was released by Telarc on August 26, 2008.
In addition to her solo recital work, she has been a featured guest artist at the Bard Music Festival. In addition, she has appeared as a chamber musician in performances of contemporary music, including works of Yehudi Wyner and Ned Rorem.
Dinnerstein has toured as piano soloist with the Dresden Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic. She has performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York City's Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Philharmonic, and the Absolute Ensemble.
Signed with Sony Classical
In 2010, Simone Dinnerstein signed with Sony Classical and in January 2011, she released her first album on the label entitled Bach: A Strange Beauty. In its first week of commercial release, the recording made its debut at No.1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. Bach: A Strange Beauty also spent time as the No.1 top selling album on Barnesandnoble.com and No.2 selling album on Amazon.com, in good company with The Decemberists, Cake, The Black Keys and Bruno Mars. Dinnerstein was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Her second Sony Classical album, Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert, was released in January 2012.
Dinnerstein's father, Simon Dinnerstein, is a renowned artist. Her mother, Renee Dinnerstein, runs the popular blog, Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration and Play.
- Chronology from Simon Dinnerstein's official website
- Review by John Schaefer, Emusic.com  6 OCT 2008
- Amazon.com Page Bach: Goldberg Variations  6 OCT 2008
- CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/23/sunday/main7274692.shtml
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- Jayson Greene Emusic.com review
- Evan Eisenberg (27 August 2007). "The Goldberg Variations Made New". Slate. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
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- Anne Midgette (16 August 2005). "American Music Thrives Not on Copland Alone". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
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- Allan Kozinn (9 December 1997). "New Horn Trio Receives Premieres in Eight Places". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
- Anthony Tommasini (20 February 1999). "For Rorem, a Concert With Overtones of Mourning". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
- "Simone Dinnerstein signs to Sony". Gramophone. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "Bach: A Strange Beauty Debuts at No. 1". Bay Ridge Journal. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "Simone Dinnerstein: Variations on Music Stardom". CBS Sunday Morning. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "About Renée Dinnerstein". Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Simone Dinnerstein's official website
- Full Biography from IMG Artists
- Classical Archives Interview
- Simone Dinnerstein, Pianist Documentary produced by NJTV
- | BACH & friends Documentary