Paul Bisaccia has performed concerts on four continents. His vast repertoire includes the great piano classics as well as the complete solo piano music of George Gershwin. He was the first artist to record the complete solo piano music of Gershwin and his PBS television special “Gershwin by Bisaccia” has been broadcast throughout the U.S. and seen by millions. The program was also dubbed into Mandarin Chinese for broadcast in Asia. The American Record Guide says, “For Gershwin interpretations Bisaccia wins hands down.” Michael Feinstein calls “Paul Bisaccia and the Great American Piano” his second television show for PBS “imaginative, fun, well played and totally satisfying.” His third television program, “Chopin by Bisaccia” is now available on his most recent DVD release, “Bisaccia on Television.”
Bisaccia is a protégé of renowned Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro and is a summa cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music where he ranked highest in his graduating class. He made his European debut at age 17 and has returned to perform in Romania, in Germany, to participate in the International Symposium on Musical Interpretation in Spain, and to perform in Switzerland and Rome. He has also made several performance tours in South America and Asia.
In the United States Bisaccia has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and in showcase performances for the American Liszt Society. At the invitation of the Virgil Fox Society, Bisaccia performed the Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto with Peter Richard Conte playing his transcription of the orchestra part on the famed Wannamaker Organ in Philadelphia. This gala event was only the second private concert in this space in 75 years.
Bisaccia’s music is also featured in the acclaimed Ric Burns television documentary “New York”. He has become the most frequently requested pianist by listeners of beethoven.com He was selected as the “Alumnus of the Year” by the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and to honor the occasion the governor proclaimed “Paul Bisaccia Day” in the State of CT. PBS celebrated the day with a rebroadcast of his television shows. Bisaccia was honored to perform Rhapsody in Blue in inauguration ceremonies for the new theater on the site of Aeolian Hall in New York, where Gershwin himself first performed his legendary masterpiece.
His CD, “The Great American Piano Revisited” contains world premieres of unpublished, never before heard Gershwin treasures A prolific recording artist, Paul has a discography of 18 CDs, covering the music of 72 composers and 300 individual compositions, all available on CDBaby.com With New York City vocalist David Giardina he also tours in a special program of music of the 20′s and 30′s called Tin Pan Alley – Alive! His new book, "Piano Player" just came out for the 2013 season.
Portions of Mr. Bisaccia's film and television work can be viewed on youtube.com
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Critical acclaim for Bisaccia:
"A magical evening which just got better and better... completely passionate in his performance."
The Barrie Examiner Ontario
'Delivered with power, poignancy, authority and aplomb"
Worcester Telegram Gazette
"His fabulous encore with plenty of scintillating, puckish fingerwork on the ivories." The Straits Times, Singapore
"Bisaccia brought the audience to their feet with genuine spontaneous cheers erupting out of sheer joy." Steinway Society of the Bay Area (CA)
"Bisaccia is a serious artist with a compelling presence at the piano."
"For Gershwin interpretations Bisaccia wins hands down." American Record Guide
"You really must hear him!" Brasilia Super Radio FM Brazil
"Earnest vivacity and sparkling virtuosity... infectious excitement." Union-News Springfield (MA)
"George Gershwin would have joined the audience in the standing ovation at the conclusion of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. " The Hartford Courant (CT)
"Prepare to be dazzled!" OnCenter Arts Quarterly,
Hilton Head SC
"It just proves that talent always prevails in these times of mediocrity. Consummate musicianship. " Michael Feinstein