Ted Piltzecker

Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: May 22    

Ted Piltzecker

Vibraphonist/Composer Ted Piltzecker has performed at jazz and percussion festivals and in clubs throughout the United States and around the globe (Germany, Austria, England, Brazil, The Netherlands, Argentina, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Finland). His albums have been critically acclaimed and influential in both the percussion and jazz worlds. He toured extensively George Shearing Quintet, and directed the jazz program at the Aspen Music Festival where he regularly performed with many of the great names in jazz (Jimmy Heath, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Mel Torme, Ernie Watts, Hubert Laws, Slide Hampton, Bob Mintzer, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and many more)...
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• National Endowment for the Arts, performance fellowship
• National Endowment for the Arts, composition fellowship
• New Jersey State Council on the Arts, fellowship
• New York State Arts Council, composition fellowship
• International Association of Jazz Educators, resource team, mallet instruments
• Lincoln Center Institute composer-in-residence
• National Endowment for the Arts, fellowship to premiere new work
• American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, composer's awards
• MacDowell Colony and Millay Colony residencies
• Commissioned composer
• State University of New York Faculty Development Award
”Piltzecker and his fellow musicians are talented and stylish, capable of swinging or of creating a more emotive and reflective atmosphere. His tunes are a delight, and the band brings out their full potential.” - ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Yet further proof that some of the most original and interesting jazz out there lies somewhere beyond the confines of the big city club circuit.” - LUCID CULTURE

“...superb taste, time, sensitivity and swing - all of it evident in this thoroughly enjoyable collection of thirteen tracks” - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

'Standing Alone' is both sparse and fruitful, and Piltzecker has an innate sense to celebrate either virtue.”- WBGO

“The combined physical skills of a drummer and pianist are needed to master the vibraphone. Ted Piltzecker has an abundance of both, along with superb compositional abilities.” - Fritz the Night Owl - REAL JAZZ

  • Steppe Forward

    Corner Mushroom
  • Standing Alone


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• Ted is an tenured associate professor at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, State University of New York. He is the chairman of the innovative Studio Composition department where both his writing and performing skills contribute to the education of students aspiring to compose, perform and produce music. Ted also serves on the jazz faculty. • Ted has accepted an invitation as a visiting guest artist in percussion at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, where he will teach during the spring and fall semesters of 2010. • After graduating from the Eastman School, Ted's college teaching career started as a graduate assistant in jazz at the Ohio State University where he taught arranging, conducted and wrote for the big band at OSU. (Winner of best composer award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival) • At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ted has taught improvisation, coached ensembles, and most recently has been engaged as a special Guest Teaching Artist concentrating on his specialty, the vibraphone. He has also been a guest composer and performer at the school. • As a teacher of arranging/composition and a small group coach, Ted served as adjunct faculty in the active jazz department at William Paterson University in New Jersey. • The Aspen Music Festival, where Ted taught arranging and improvisation, directed small and large ensembles, and headed the jazz program, offered college credit for his courses through the University of Colorado. During his eight year tenure as jazz director, the program grew substantiall

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Ted has appeared as a clinician in colleges throughout the United States and Canada, and at the Royal Conservatory in London, the Percussive Arts Society European Convention at Wellington College in Crowthorne, England, The Deutsches Percussion Symposium in Hannover, Germany, the Fachakademie Fur Musik in Tübingen, Germany, the Puerto Rico Conservatory, The Fundación Cultural Patagonia, Argentina, La Escuela Superior De Musica in Monterrey, Mexico, the Conservatório De Tatui and the Conservatório De Campinas in Brazil, and has made frequent presentations at the Percussive Arts Society and the International Association of Jazz Educators conventions. Most frequently the subject is vibraphone technique with particular emphasis on expressive pedaling and dampening. However, jazz harmony, ensemble performance, composition, and general musicianship and artistry are also discussed. "In every case, Ted was the consummate educator and professional musician." (see:

Ted Plays a MUSSER PRO-VIBE M-55. His artistic and educational activities are endorsed by the Conn-Selmer Company and Mike Balter Mallets.

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Steppe Forward by Bruce Lindsay

Standing Alone by Craig W. Hurst

Standing Alone by Mark Corroto

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