Jeni Slotchiver attended Interlochen, the Aspen Music Festival, and Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, before earning the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University. Her studies continued in New York City with Maestros German Diez, the great Cuban pianist, student and teaching assistant of Claudio Arrau; and Joseph Bloch, Professor Emeritus the Julliard School, student of Busoni’s disciple, Rudolf Ganz. Honored with performance grants from The Smithsonian Institution and the New York Public Libraries, Ms. Slotchiver gave her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall as the first prize winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions. A champion of twentieth century composers, Jeni Slotchiver is dedicated to the presentation of new and rarely heard music, and has given the world premieres of many works in major New York City recitals. She receives critical acclaim in Asia, Australia, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and Spain. Her articles and essays are published in several languages, and featured in prominent music periodicals, including Musical Opinion Quarterly, International Piano and Piano. Ms. Slotchiver participated in two international Busoni Symposiums, and she presented an historic all-Busoni performance at Merkin Concert Hall, the first of its kind in New York City in thirty years.
Anthony Tommasini, writing for The New York Times, selected Ms. Slotchiver’s debut CD, Busoni The Visionary, as a Critics Choice for 1999. David Hurwitz, in Classics Today, wrote, “Her wide range of keyboard color and sense of mystery are quite simply mesmerizing… Positively physical.” Robert Cummings, in CD Universe, declared, “Her artistry sparkles throughout, and the finest and subtlest details deftly emerge.”
“No one plays Busoni’s piano music with greater clarity or depth of understanding than Jeni Slotchiver. As she demonstrated in Volume I of this series, this is music she clearly loves and understands both intellectually and intuitively. There is no finer, or more committed, advocate for this greatly underrated composer working today.” — Jerry Bowles, Editor, Sequenza/21, NYC.
American radio and broadcast appearances include, NPR’s Performance Today, WNYC’s The Fishko Files, WPLN’s Live in Studio C, WKCR’s Live Constructions, and WQXR’s Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal. Profiles of Jeni have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Piano Magazine, CDNOW, SEQUENZA/21, Mundoclasico, Time Out NY, Café Momus (Budapest), and РЖ (Moscow). Tony Gualtieri, in Singapore, called her performance, “A revelation…Bold and brazen. Jeni Slotchiver is a pianist of the highest artistry.” Jonathan Woolf wrote from London, “I particularly admired [her] graceful seriousness.” And in Canada, Lucie Renaud said succinctly, “A delight! Her technique is superior…Her interpretation refined.”
Ms. Slotchiver is a favorite guest recitalist and concerto soloist at, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Americas Society and the Yamaha Piano Salon Series in New York City, the City Universities of New York, Dartmouth College, Bennington Museum, C. W. Post University, the Presidential Library in California, and Rudolf Ganz Memorial Hall in Chicago.
Jeni Slotchiver has appeared as Celebrity Recitalist and Lecturer at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. Visiting-Artist honors include University of Tulsa, Florida International University, Chicago Musical College, and Tennessee State University.