Dr. Jonathan Faiman

“…A pianist with the kind of technique that affords remarkable clarity even in the speediest lines.”

– New York Times



Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance

Manhattan School of Music, 1995

  • Primary Teacher: Leon Fleisher
  • Doctoral Thesis: Three piano transcriptions from Wozzeck, with a discussion of other keyboard arrangements (Nils Vigeland, Thesis Advisor)

Master of Music in Piano Performance

Manhattan School of Music, 1992

  • Primary Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Rice University, Houston TX, Cum Laude, 1990

  • Primary Teacher: John Perry

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

Rice University, Cum Laude, 1990


Teaching Experience

7th Grade Choral Teacher and Choral Accompanist (2019-Present)

   Ethical Culture Fieldston School ▪ Bronx, NY

Music Director, Accompanist, Vocal Coach (2015-2019)

   Young at Arts ▪ Bronxville, NY

Adjunct Faculty (2003, 2012-2019)

   Concordia College ▪ Bronxville, NY

  • Applied piano instructor
  • Staff accompanist
  • Taught and developed Music Seminar, an intensive writing course, covering the history of Western Classical Music from Medieval to present
  • Perform faculty recitals



Private Teacher (1995-Present)

   Private Studio ▪ New York, NY / Scarsdale, NY

  • Teach applied piano, composition, and music theory
  • Coach musical theater, opera, and song repertoire
  • Teach, coach, and record undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

Resident Teaching Artist (1998-2008)

   Bloomingdale School of Music ▪ New York, NY

  • Taught applied piano, composition, music theory, and chamber music to students from beginner to post-graduate level
  • Taught class piano
  • Taught classes in music theory
  • Performed regularly in solo and chamber recitals as faculty member
  • Arbitrated end-of-year juries for Music Access Program (advanced students with full-scholarship)

Vocal Coach (1996-2006)

   Manhattan School of Music ▪ New York, NY

  • Coached undergraduate and graduate students
  • Performed with students as musical director/accompanist for Community & Educational Outreach productions

Faculty (1995-2006)

   Manhattan School of Music Precollege

  • Taught applied piano and chamber music to college-level students
  • Taught classes in music theory and ear training
  • Performed in faculty concerts

Teaching Artist (1998-1999)

   Creating Original Opera, Metropolitan Opera Guild ▪ New York, NY

  • Collaborated with New York inner-city elementary school students to write, rehearse, and perform original operatic productions
  • Received 1999 ASCAP Award as Composer-in-Residence with Metropolitan Opera Guild



Other Professional Experience

Music Director (2014-Present)

   Larchmont Temple ▪ Larchmont, NY

Choral Director/Accompanist/Arranger (2004-2014)

   Congregation Rodeph Sholom ▪ New York, NY

  • Conduct, rehearse, and perform with post-graduate professional musicians
  • Write choral and/or instrumental arrangements as needed

Recording Engineer/Editor (2003-Present)

   Home Studio & On-location ▪ Scarsdale, NY & Greater Metropolitan Area

  • Produced digitally recorded and edited demo recordings for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional musicians
  • Services provided include accompanying, engineering, editing, mixing, and CD labeling/packaging

Orchestral Arranger/Copyist (2000-Present)

   Home Studio ▪ New York, NY / Scarsdale, NY

  • Clients include: Klea Blackhurst, Chappaqua Orchestra, Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Ron Raines, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller, and Kip Wilburn
  • Over 20 years of experience with Finale® for Windows



International Experience

Adjudicator (2006)

   58th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival

Arranger/Producer/Pianist/Percussionist (2001)

   Recording with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, for Michael Mao Dance

Assistant Conductor & Accompanist (1997 & 1999)

   European Concert Tours, Packer Collegiate Institute Senior Chorus

Solo Recital Tour, Israel (1993)


Professional Affiliations

ASCAP Member (2001-Present)

  • Recipient of multiple ASCAP Annual Plus Awards

The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), Adjunct Company Member (1997-2018)

  • Composer and pianist for some 20 productions in NYC and PA
  • Executive Producer, Composer & Pianist for company CD Play On: Music for the Actors Company Theatre

Locrian Chamber Players, Member (1995-Present)

  • New music group, focused on presenting works composed no more than 10 years before the date of each performance both a commissioned composer and regular pianist for the group

Professional CDs

  • Cantate! (Arabesque Records): Pianist, 2010
  • Jane Eyre (EMF): Co-producer and Pianist, 2007, music by Nils Vigeland
  • Golden Chants in America…Commemorating 350 of Jewish Music: Co-producer, Arranger and Pianist, 2005 (Commemorating 350 Years of Jewish Music) CD program performed live in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Play On: Music for The Actors Company Theatre: Featured Composer and Pianist, and Executive Producer, 2000
  • Hie Up the Mountain (MSR Classics): Producer, Composer and Pianist, 1999 (Recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts Recording Residency), acclaimed as “a major contribution to the available body of music by the generation now making its mark in American music”

Selected Performances

  • Concert honoring musicians and artists of Theresienstadt (White Plains, NY), 2011
  • Concert celebrating 175th Birthday of Brahms (NYC), 2008
  • Concert celebrating 125th Birthdays of Stravinsky, Szymanowski, and Turina (NYC), 2007
  • Solo Recital, Arium (NYC), 2006 – Works by Mozart, Enescu, Bartok, and Faiman (première)
  • Complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven, with Lawrence Stomberg (NY, DE), 2005 & 2006
  • Soloist, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488, Chappaqua Orchestra, Michael Shapiro, conductor, 2005
  • Jewish Music Concert, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), 2005
  • Solo recital, Chicago Cultural Center, 2005, Works by Ravel and Macdonald (première)
  • Solo/chamber
    recital, Sunday Salon Series, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts;
    program of original compositions and arrangements, 2004
  • Soloist, Faiman: Conversations with Piano and Orchestra (commission & première) Sinfonia da Camera, Ian Hobson, conductor, Radio broadcast on WILL-FM 90.9, 2002

Selected Commissions

  • Locrian Chamber Players: Times Three for piano, 2006
  • Sinfonia da Camera, Ian Hobson, conductor: Conversations with Piano and Orchestra, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL, 2002
  • Michael Mao Dance: Firecracker, based on a recomposition of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, original music, and music by other composers, Purchase, NY, 2001
  • Mirage Theatre Company, three productions in NYC, 2000-2006
  • The Actors Company Theatre (TACT): over 20 productions, including the off-Broadway production/world première of Noël Coward’s Long Island Sound (2002), 1995-Present

Awards and Honors

  • ASCAP Awards, Metropolitan Opera Guild and Plus Awards, 1999-2006
  • Doctoral fellowships & scholarships, Manhattan School of Music, 1993-95
  • Prizewinner, Dora Zaslavsky Piano Competition, 1992
  • Finalist, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, 1990


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“Faiman is clearly a brilliant pianist...[his] music drew cheers from the Foellinger audience. I hope we hear more of his music soon.”
by John Frayne The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette (Commissioned Concerto for Ian Hobson/Sinfonia da Camera)