Conductor(s): Judith Stillman, Cantor Brian Mayer
Coordinator(s): John Landry
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (401) 331-1616x 22
Rehearsal Location: Temple Emanu-El
Address: 99 Taft Avenue, Providence, RI
Judith Lynn Stillman enjoys a distinguished international career as a pianist, composer, music director, filmmaker, and artistic visionary. She holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Juilliard, where she won the Juilliard Concerto Competition and, upon graduation, was awarded the prize for Outstanding Pianist. Stillman was named Honored Artist of The American Prize as both composer and pianist on January 1, 2020. Winner of a first Pell Award for Excellence the Arts, the Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts, and 18 piano competitions, Stillman’s career highlights include music festivals such as Marlboro, Tanglewood, Grand Teton Music Festival, Voice of Music Festival (Israel); performances in England, France, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Costa Rica, the Grenadines, Israel, Russia, China; the Grammy’s celebration for Rostropovich, Dynamic Duo partner with Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, special guest with The Beach Boys, guest artist with the Borromeo, Muir, Cassatt, Shanghai and Lydian String Quartets, Israel Philharmonic Chamber Players, Paula Robison, Carol Wincenc, Andras Schiff, Martin Chalifour, Alan Baer, David Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Richard Stoltzman, Wynton Marsalis, Mark O’Connor; visiting guest artist at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, Prague Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Scotland; premieres at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, NPR’s Performance Today; recordings and concerts with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic; BOSE commercial with Herbie Hancock; concerto soloist with Pro Arte Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony, Orchestre Bayonne-Côte Basque, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Stillman’s duo album with Wynton Marsalis on Sony was on the Billboard Top Ten: “Marsalis and Stillman make an impeccable team. The playing consistently dazzles.” Stillman’s films and movie scores have garnered film festival recognition worldwide, including showings in 48 countries, Grand Prize, Audience Prize, Gold Medal, Best Music Video, Best Score, Best Multimedia Film and Official Selection in Los Angeles, San Francisco, NYC, and in the U.K. Stillman’s When the Music Stopped, in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial, was premiered by Aline Kutan of the Montreal Opera, her Phoenix from the Ashes, with The Metropolitan Opera’s Lori Phillips, was the centerpiece of the Czech Embassy’s Holocaust Commemoration, and she has received commissions from the Cactus Pear, Lancaster and Sandpoint Music Festivals. Stillman is the Artist-in-Residence and a Professor of Music at Rhode Island College, where she received the Faculty Award presented by Alumni and College Relations in 2018, the Maixner Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Thorp Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. She serves as the Artistic Director for Judith Lynn Stillman & Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at the Carter Center, and as the Artistic Director for Masterworks Concerts at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. Stillman’s unique “plays-within-a-concert” include various staged composer portraits: Beethoven: Torment and Triumph, Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour, Mystery, Madness and Music (the Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms triangle), April in Paris with Poulenc, and Playing with Fire: Women Trailblazers in Music.
Brian J. Mayer, cantor of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, since 1989, has been a HaZamir conductor for 16 years. He is the proud father of 4 sons, all of whom sang in HaZamir and the HaZamir Chamber Choir. In his Temple, he has established a music department that includes three choirs, The Shabbat Chai Band and a klezmer band. In 2009, he was the Artistic Director of the award winning Shining Through Broken Glass: A Kristallnacht Concert, which featured Leonard Nimoy. Cantor Dr. Mayer, a recognized scholar of Hazzanut (cantorial music), is also Associate Professor of Jewish Music and Dean of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, in Newton, MA. Prior to his appointment at Hebrew College, he taught for 14 years at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York as Assistant Professor of Hazzanut.