Bruce Wolosoff

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Bruce Wolosoff
BornBruce Germont
(1955-03-27) March 27, 1955 (age 63)
New York City, New York
ResidenceShelter Island, New York
OccupationComposer, pianist, and educator
Spouse(s)Margaret Garrett
ChildrenJuliet Garrett, Katya Wolosoff
Parent(s)Jeanette Germont Wolosoff
Marc Germont
Alvin B. Wolosoff

Bruce Wolosoff (born March 27, 1955 in New York City) is an American classical composer, pianist, and educator.[1] He lives in Shelter Island, New York.[1]


Wolosoff was born Bruce Germont, the son of Jeanette (née Rothenberg) and Marc Germont. After his father's death when he was five, his mother remarried to Alvin Bibbs Wolosoff.[2][3] Wolosoff was educated at Bard College and the New England Conservatory in Boston.[4] It was at the New England Conservatory that he met jazz composer-pianist Jaki Byard, an artist who exerted enormous influence on Wolosoff’s musical development.[5] After graduating from the conservatory, Wolosoff moved back to New York City and began his career as a pianist. His debut recital was reviewed by Tim Page, then writing for the NY Times.[6] His debut recording came in 1986 and was of works by Ferruccio Busoni.[7] Wolosoff organized an 80th birthday tribute to Olivier Messiaen at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1988.[8] It was soon after this that he abandoned public performance for many years in order to devote himself more fully to composition.[5] A devotee of blues and jazz, he initially only enjoyed those genres privately and composed and played classical music, but in 2000 he began bringing those genres into his compositions, the first being Blues for the New Millennium which debuted at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC in January 2001.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bruce Wolosoff Bio & VC retrieved May 23, 2017
  2. ^ New York Magazine: "Crazy For You" by Eric Poley December 14, 1992
  3. ^ Wolfe, Linda (August 26, 2014). Double Life: The Shattering Affair between Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Socialite Joy Silverman. Open Road Media. ISBN 9781497648869.
  4. ^ a b Ilene Roizman for the East Hampton Star. November 16, 2000 Bruce Wolosoff: Pianist And Composer
  5. ^ a b Bruce Wolosoff biography at Naxos label. Page accessed March 30, 3016
  6. ^ Tim Page for the New York Times. November 28, 1983 Review: Debut at Goodman
  7. ^ Michael Oliver for Gramophone. October, 1989 Review: Busoni Piano Works
  8. ^ Bernard Holland for the New York Times. April 9, 1988 Review/Concert; Debussian Allusions in New Works

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