Next weekend, award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman will perform alongside Penfield students in a pair of special concerts.
Hendelman, who has roots in Rochester, has performed worldwide with his own trio and other big acts. He began his keyboard training at the age of 6, and moved to the U.S. from Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1984.
At age 14 he won top honors at Yamaha’s National Keyboard Competition and went on to study at the Tanglewood Institute in 1988. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music, in 1993.
Penfield Music Department Chairman Jim Doser met Hendelman while directing the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. He was struck by the pianist’s talent immediately.
“(Hendelman’s) personality and his musicianship are very much the same, and that is very unassuming and polite, but with a whole lot of energy under the surface,” said Doser.