Frederick Moyer

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Frederick Moyer
Born (1957-12-12) 12 December 1957 (age 59)
Origin Waltham, Massachusetts
Genres Classical, Jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist
Years active 1982-present
Labels JRI Recordings, Biddulph Recordings, GM

Frederick Moyer (born December 12, 1957) is an American concert pianist.


Moyer first appeared with the Boston Symphony at age 14, performed with The Boston Pops as a teenager,[1] and made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1982.[2] He attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia while in high school, and graduated from Indiana University.[1]

Moyer has appeared as piano soloist with orchestras including the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, Singapore, Netherlands Radio, Latvian, Iceland and London Symphony Orchestras, the Buffalo, Hong Kong and Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, and the major orchestras of Australia. His 22 recordings on the Biddulph, GM and JRI labels comprise works by over thirty composers. Composers who have written for him include Louis Calabro, Donal Fox, Kenneth Frazelle, Gordon Green, David Kechley, Ned Rorem, Andersen Viana and 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker. Moyer commissioned Walker's Piano Sonata No. 4 and presented it in its first recording in 1986.[3]


On JRI Recordings

On GM Recordings

(With Nancy Green, Cello)

  • GM2012 - Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 19, Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso
  • GM2011 - Three Centuries Live; Haydn: Sonata No. 9 in F Major

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8 in B flat Major

On Biddulph

  • LAW024 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Complete works for Cello & Piano:Toccata, Sonata, Scherzino, I Nottambuli (Variazioni fantastiche), Notturna Sull'Acqua, Valse on the Name of Gregor Piatigorsky, Paraphrase on Rossini's “Barber of Seville”, with Nancy Green, cello


Moyer is the first pianist to make a commercial recording using the Bosendorfer 290 SE Recording Piano. His CD of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto was the first commercial recording of a large-scale Romantic work using an orchestra created from sampled sounds. He has written many software programs to aid with practicing, analyzing, recording and performing music. (3) He has also designed software that helps a live soloist to stay synchronized with a recorded accompaniment.[3]


Robert Schumann Fourth Piano Sonata[edit]

With the collaboration of electrical engineer and uncle Dr. Paul Green, Moyer unearthed the unfinished manuscript of a Fourth Piano Sonata by composer Robert Schumann. They have created a performable edition of the work, as well as “a very impressive download application that lets you follow, on the same page, both Schumann's original and the newly printed version, while listening to Moyer play the music (each measure is highlighted in sync with the playing).”[4]

Jazz Arts Trio[edit]

Frederick Moyer is the founding member of the Jazz Arts Trio, which includes his childhood friends bassist Peter Tillotson and drummer Peter Fraenkel. This ensemble performs and reinterprets transcriptions of recorded performances by piano trios led by Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Erroll Garner, and Red Garland and others. In 2008 Hal Leonard Publications released the book "Jazz Classics" containing six of Moyer’s transcriptions of jazz performances by Vince Guaraldi, Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Horace Silver, and Bill Evans. This collection includes a play along CD that features members of the Jazz Arts Trio.[5]


  1. ^ a b 1. Richard Dyer, "Boston Pianist has London in his Future", Boston Sunday Globe, November 13, 1988
  2. ^ 2. Valerie Cruice, [1], "Pianist on Stage to Talk", New York Times, January 18, 1987
  3. ^ a b JRI Recordings
  4. ^ Tim Smith, "Sonata sketch by Robert Schumann brought to light by Frederick Moyer and the Web", Baltimore Sun, August 4, 2009
  5. ^ Hal Leonard website

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