The South Beach Jazz Festival presents:
The marcus roberts trio
Pianist/composer, Marcus Roberts, has been hailed “the genius of the modern piano”. In 2014, the
celebrated CBS News television show, 60 Minutes, profiled his life and work on a segment entitled
“The Virtuoso”. The show traced Roberts’ life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at
the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician.
Roberts’ critically-acclaimed legacy of recorded music reflects this tremendous artistic versatility.
His recordings include solo piano, duets, and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as original
suites of music for trio, large ensembles, and symphony orchestra. His popular DVD recording with
the Berlin Philharmonic showcases his ground-breaking arrangement of Gershwin's Concerto in F
for Piano and Orchestra (A Gershwin Night, EuroArts 2003).
In addition to his renown as a performer, Roberts is also an accomplished composer who has
received numerous commissioning awards, including ones from Chamber Music America, Jazz at
Lincoln Center, and ASCAP, as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Music
Festival who co-commissioned him to write his first piano concerto—Spirit of the Blues: Piano
Concerto in C-Minor (2013). Following that premiere, he was commissioned by the great Seiji
Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra to write a second piano concerto (Rhapsody in D for Piano
and Orchestra), which was premiered in 2016 at the Ozawa Music Festival in Matsumoto, Japan,
with many of the best classical musicians from orchestras around the world.