Pianist, composer, and educator Dave Meder is poised to become one of the most prominent musical voices of his generation.
With fluid technique, novel rhythmic conception, and an intuitive sense of musical drama, Meder transforms the piano into a natural extension of himself, giving audiences an entertaining and thought-provoking experience.
He is the winner of the 2013 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and the recipient of two DownBeat Magazine Awards for “Best Instrumental Jazz Soloist.” As a composer, he has received recognition in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition. His artistry has led him abroad, affording him performances at the Torino Jazz Festival, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sao Paulo’s Auditório Ibirapuera, and throughout Honduras in a 2013 tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
In 2011, Meder was selected by audition to perform at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program. He was subsequently invited by the late jazz educator Dr. David Baker to participate in the Steans Institute, which culminated in a performance at the Ravinia Music Festival. Now based in New York City, Meder has performed as a sideman at a host of venues including Smalls Jazz Club and Smoke, and he has also led his own trio in performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center).
Meder holds the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he studied jazz piano with Kenny Barron and classical piano with Julian Martin. Additionally, he has studied improvisation with Ari Hoenig, Mark Turner, and Jean-Michel Pilc, as well as composition under Philip Lasser in the French tradition of Nadia Boulanger. He earned the M.M. from New York University, as well as undergraduate degrees in music, political science, and Spanish from Florida State University.
As an educator, Meder earned the Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship at The Juilliard School, through which he has developed and taught regular classroom lessons on jazz literacy to local middle school students. He has also worked as an adjunct instructor of jazz piano at New York University, where he developed a curriculum for jazz keyboard harmony classes. In addition, Meder has presented lectures on his creative research at the 2016 Jazz Educators Network Conference and at the West Virginia University Keyboard Festival. He is currently the music director and pianist for Fordham Lutheran Church in Bronx, NY.