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Composer/pianist James Adler offers insightful and moving performances.

Composer/pianist James Adler has been hailed as a composer who “writes for both chorus and orchestra with uncommon imagination.” His extensive list of compositions is highlighted by Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem, which has been performed around the world and is available on Albany Records. As a pianist, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, making his performing debut at 16 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and serves on the faculty at Saint Peter’s University. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields. For this, his third recording on Albany Records, Adler’s music and performing virtuosity are showcased. Titled Introspections, James Adler used the definition (self-examination, soul-searching, to look within) as a framework for his choice of works for the disc.
James Adler, composer
Suite Moderne for Strings
"The President's Own" U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra; Jason K. Fettig, conductor

Kevin Cummines, composer
Three Works for James Adler
James Adler, piano

James Adler, composer
Psalm for Michael
Virginia Brewer, oboe; Eugene Moye, Jr., cello; James Adler, piano

James Adler, composer
Six Little Variations on Noël Ancien
Cain-Oscar Bergeron, flute; James Adler, piano

Paul Turok, composer
Clarinet Sonata, Op. 110
Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; James Adler, piano
v Seth Bedford, composer
from Three Postcards for Piano
James Adler, piano

James Adler, composer
Twisted Tango
David Babich, tenor saxophone; James Adler, piano
v James Adler, composer
3 Introspections
Malcolm J. Merriweather, baritone; Virginia Brewer, oboe; James Adler, piano

“…this CD will provide some noteworthy insights into Adler’s thinking while creating music and his expressiveness while performing it.” (

"Adler is a sensitive man who uses music to go beyond the small human feelings that sometimes unwittingly determine our own lives. ...the composer, in his introspection, shows a deep need to communicate through art." (Sonograma)

"James Adler is one of America’s leading composer" (Composers Circle, August 2015)

"Suite Moderne for Strings was a pleasant surprise -- played by 'The President's Own' US Marine Chamber Orchestra. A simple, accessible approach to music is held up by continual invention and development of ideas melodic and rhythmic. The piece is quick, mobile, and engaging." (American Record Guide – This album is available for download from iTunes at
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