An uncommon display of passion and innovation at every turn, pianist Jade Simmons is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. She offers a diverse mix of repertoire from the Classics to the cutting edge and audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances. Genre-smashing, pairing visual art and music, going from Rachmaninoff to Rap, and employing musical twists and turns in live performance are all par for the course in Jade's musical world.
Jade’s multiple talents make her a true Renaissance woman of the millennium taking her in the direction of arts presenter as founder of the Impulse Artist Series, winner of Best Non-Profit Arts Series (Houston Press); writer, lecturer and creator of Emerge Already!, a career-building platform for emerging artists including videos, blogs and books. She also writes for the Huffington Post’s Arts section. Her 2011 ended with a performance at the White House and 2013 will take her back to DC to perform at the US Supreme Court as a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence.
Jade is committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation. From 2006-2010 she served as the inaugural New Music/New Places Fellow for the prestigious Concert Artist Guild organization. Her program Kandinsky and Scriabin: Hearing Color, Seeing Sound focuses on links between visual art and music and The Rhythm Project is an exploration of pieces that exploit the more percussive nature of the piano. An extension of The Rhythm Project, Jade released her debut CD in March 2009 for eOne Music entitled Revolutionary Rhythm, praised by Allmusic.com as “a thought-provoking, entertaining, and fun debut that easily establishes Simmons as a major talent.” This season, on her newly founded label Superwoman Records, she released the EP Playing with Fire featuring works for piano, Rhodes organ and electronics including works inspired by Classical, Contemporary Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dancehall and Bossa nova. 2013 will see the release of her sophomore CD with eOne called #PaganiniProject featuring works by Rachmaninoff and three jaw-dropping virtuoso sets of variations on Paganini’s infamous Caprice No. 24.