A pianist known for reinterpreting the standard jazz repertoire as well as composing new works. Since the late 1970s has worked with such legends as Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, and Stan Getz. His compositions have been commissioned by numerous organizations, including Columbia University’s Miller Theater, the Gramercy Trio, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Winner of multiple Grammy nominations and awards, including a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition. In 2005 his work Leaves of Grass, a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman’s poem, was presented on a six-city U.S. tour that included a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Recordings include Fred Hersch: Concert Music 2001-2006 (Naxos), Fred Hersch Plays Jobim (Sunny Side Records), and The Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl (2010) on Palmetto Records. Former faculty, the New School and Manhattan School of Music; current faculty, New England Conservatory of Music and visiting professor at Western Michigan U.