Embracing his penchant for improvisation alongside his passion for the classical and contemporary repertoire, American pianist John Kamfonas has given performances around the world, from New York to India, Paris to Beijing, described as possessing "a grandeur that lifted the music into the sublime...and a delicacy that took one's breath away." (National Herald, New York) As one of few improvising classical pianists, he performs works by composers ranging from Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven to Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Barber, interweaved among spontaneously conceived improvisations, which make each concert unique.

 

With the performance of the first house concert in 2009, Mr. Kamfonas recognized the power of live music heard in intimate settings to engage an audience in a communal format and to push back against the common misconception that classical music remains elitist and inaccessible.  Since then, he has created performances and educational projects that continue to break this stereotype and bring new audiences up close to the music - house concerts and interactive music classes in Bangalore India, improvisation workshops and collaborative concerts at US universities and festivals, and concert series in Paris connecting international audiences and musicians. These activities finally led to the creation of House Keys Concerts, an organization devoted to bringing musicians into living rooms around the world. Through this initiative, House Keys envisions utilizing a more immersive and interactive concert experience to foster a renewed interest in classical and contemporary music.

 

Mr. Kamfonas gave his New York debut at Merkin Hall and has performed at the Atlantic Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, and five times at the Greencastle Summer music festival. His performances have taken him around the world, from Steinway Hall and the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York to Salle Cortot and on national TV in Paris.  He currently resides in Paris as the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar at the Fondation des Etats-Unis.

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