“America’s Pianist” Kevin Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of 20th Century American Music. Kevin Cole’s performances have prompted accolades from some of the foremost critics in America. "A piano genius...he reveals an understanding of harmony, rhythmic complexity and pure show-biz virtuosity that would have had Vladimir Horowitz smiling with envy," wrote critic Andrew Patner. On Cole’s affinity for Gershwin: “When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work… Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune. Engagements for Cole include: sold-out performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall; National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London); Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic; Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Edmonton Symphony (Canada) and many others. Mr. Cole was featured soloist for the PBS special Gershwin at One Symphony Place with the Nashville Symphony.
Kevin Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families.
Mr. Cole worked with songwriting legend Hugh Martin – Mr. Martin was vocal coach to Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Judy Garland and many others. His discography includes Gramophone Musical Album of the Year, 1995, Gershwin's Oh, Kay! with soprano Dawn Upshaw, his critically acclaimed solo piano disc, Cole Plays Gershwin and his vocal debut album In The Words Of Ira-The Songs of Ira Gershwin.