John-Paul Kaplan is a one of a kind entertainer. His style, interpretation, and mastery of modern music has captivated audiences worldwide. His family encouraged the gift of music that was given to him. He studied classical music with Doreen Sterba DeZur and jazz with Mark Streder. During his early classical studies, he achieved top honors on the piano competition circuit, locally in Chicago and nationwide.
John-Paul’s unique interpretive style includes a wide repertoire of songs ranging from classical and oldies music to easy listening and popular standards. His musical style and unique arrangements have attracted many fans that enjoy fun and entertaining piano music. He has performed for such celebrities as Roger Williams, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Harold Ramis, Vanessa Williams, Goran Visnic, Bill O'Reilly, and Tony Bennett, among many others.
Kaplan has been entertaining audiences since 1996. He has performed at parties, hotels, churches, and other public and private event throughout the world. His performances received rave reviews from performances in Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Florida, Michigan, Italy, Austria, and Canada. Venues that enjoyed his music include The Peninsula Hotel, The Drake Hotel, The Four Seasons Hotel, The Capitol Hilton, The Cheney Mansion, and other music establishments. During a recent performance, the Chicago Sun-times said “Kaplan holds his own keys to the kingdom, all 88 of them”. From 1998-2004, he also directed and accompanied dramas/musicals at a prestigious college preparatory school in the Chicago suburbs. In the spring of 2008, John-Paul performed his own arrangements and compositions to an adaptation of Treasure Island at The Stage One Theater in Des Plaines, Illinois. This world premiere was well received throughout the entire shows run.
Recently, John-Paul founded Keys of Time Music and Messenger Productions. His first CD release “This Is The Day” received high acclaim worldwide. The album received the Unity Award for Best Instrumental Album of The Year. During the Unity Awards, he was also nominated for Best New Artist of the Year and Best Song of the Year. His next release was Keys of Time: My Favorite Piano, Volume 1. This album includes well loved piano classics arranged with a modern touch and flair. It was released worldwide on October 16th and was also nominated for Best Album of the Year. Keys of Time: Romantic Piano Classics Volume 1 is currently in production and will feature music by Chopin, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and more. His latest album Walk with Him is in final production and will be released in November of 2009.
John-Paul is also busy writing new music and arrangements for his busy 2009 tour which includes concerts in the US, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hawaii, and many other worldwide stages. John-Paul is an active member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, BMI, the International Songwriters Guild, the Catholic Association of Musicians, the Recording Academy and the American Federation of Musicians. Recently, John-Paul was distinguished as a Kawai Recording Artist. In addition to his musical talents, he recently founded Forte Global Solutions, an e-commerce marketing and online development company. During his free time, John-Paul enjoys sailing, aviation, traveling the world and culinary arts.