David M. Crohan
David M. Crohan one of the most versatile pianists performing today, David Crohan crosses the traditional boundaries between classical and jazz music with an ease and sophistication that make him the envy of many of his colleagues. His performances have aroused admiration all over the United States in audiences which have included such distinguished people as President and Mrs. Clinton, Walter Cronkite, Lady Bird Johnson, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, and many others. In 1990, he was privileged to entertain Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy on the occasion of her 100th birthday.
David Crohan's musical talent advanced itself early when he began at age three, to play popular tunes he heard. Blind from birth, he received his early education at the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston where his study of classical music was encouraged. In his teens, he became a pupil of Avis Charbonnel who was herself a pupil of the great Liszt pupil Theodor Leschetitzky, and following his graduation from Perkins he attended New England Conservatory of Music where he was awarded the Artist's Diploma and Master of Music degrees. Solo recitals, chamber music performances and concerto appearances with symphony orchestras followed.
All the while, David maintained a strong interest in playing jazz and the result has been an extraordinarily fluent ability to cross styles as only a few musicians (André Previn is one notable example) have been able to do. He began making music in the summers on Martha's Vineyard in 1964, and in 1978 he opened David's Island House which rapidly became a magnet for music lovers who came to hear David's fascinating performances of both classical and jazz repertoires.
David has recently embarked on a new phase of his career by bringing to school districts throughout the country his residencies which inspire and excite in schoolchildren an interest in music as well as providing an important living example of how enormous difficulties can be overcome in reaching the highest goals.
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