Jeffrey Chappell has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has appeared in recitals, in chamber music, and as concerto soloist with major symphony orchestras including those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, and Oakland, and over forty times with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra including concerts at Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap Park. He was a scholarship student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory and of Rudolf Serkin and Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute, and he was the protégé of Jane Allen. You can find more detailed information on this website under “Bio”. You can read what critics said about his performances under “Reviews”. You can find a complete listing of the orchestras and conductors he has appeared with under “Orchestras”.
Jeffrey Chappell’s “The Definitive Guide to Mastering Music Improvisation” is a bestseller on udemy.com, a leading online video course platform. He is also the creator of Music Everybody, a weekend music seminar series. He has given master classes nationally and internationally. He is on the piano faculty of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where he is also Director of Jazz Studies and was the director of the Goucher Summer Arts Institute Jazz Camp for middle and high school students from 1999 to 2013. He also teaches at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. and at his home studio. He is on the faculty of the Alba Music Festival in Italy, teaching piano, chamber music, and jazz. You can find out more about his teaching activities on this website under “Teaching”, along with three instructional essays about piano playing. You can find his responses to questions from students and website visitors under “Answers”.
Jeffrey Chappell has recorded on the Telarc, Centaur, Albany, MMC, MSR Classics, and Petrichor labels. His most recent release is the debut recording of the contemporary jazz quartet, Otherworld, which won a Global Music Award. His compositions and arrangements appear on three Centaur Records releases: “Jazz Sonata” and “Pick It Up” for solo piano; and “Clarinet Now” for piano and clarinet. He is the pianist on “Crosscurrents”, an Albany Records release with saxophonist Noah Getz, featuring works by classical composers influenced by jazz. Mr. Chappell also made the world premiere recordings of the Piano Concerto by James Grant and “The Dream Wanderer” by Sotireos Vlahopoulos. He is the featured pianist on the Baltimore Symphony recording of Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” conducted by David Zinman. You can find a complete catalogue of his recordings with purchase information on this website under “Recordings”.
The compositions of Jeffrey Chappell integrate techniques of classical composition with elements of American popular music. He has written music for piano solo, piano and orchestra, jazz ensemble, guitar, and chorus, as well as works for musical theater through participation in the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop in New York City. His solo piano composition “American Sonata” won the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Competition. While composer-in-residence with the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Chappell was commissioned to write “Shadowdance” for piano and wind ensemble with a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation. Scores for his original solo piano compositions are available at the music store on this website as downloadable PDF files.
JAZZ MUSICIAN AND IMPROVISER
Jeffrey Chappell is the pianist in the contemporary jazz quartet, Otherworld, which won a Global Music Award for their debut album. He has appeared as a pianist at the Key West International Jazz Festival and as a jazz band conductor at the East Coast Jazz Festival and in Washington, D.C. area venues. He has performed with jazz artists such as Pepe Gonzalez, Jeff Antoniuk, Wes Crawford, Jon Mathis, and Seth Kibel. He was the pianist and arranger for DC Express, a jazz vocal quartet, and was a member of the Lenox Ensemble, an improvisation group of classical musicians. He has frequently improvised piano accompaniment for silent films at the National Gallery of Art. You can find more information on these activities on this website under “Jazz”.
Jeffrey Chappell was the Artistic Director of the concert series at the Sandy Spring Museum from 2010 to 2014.