Scott Kirby

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Pianist/composer Scott Kirby specializes in distinctly American musical styles which include Classic Ragtime, New Ragtime, Creole Music and Terra Verde. As a performer, he is also an educator, providing historical context and musical insight into the program as it unfolds.

As a composer, Kirby combines the influence of nineteenth century romanticism with these New World idioms into his own individual, syncopated language. A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years,  performing the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. He worked under Robert Howat of Wittenburg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University.

After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New Orleans in 1988 and began his professional music career.  In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway and Hungary.  Kirby now divides his time between performance and composition, and is available for concert appearances, workshops, residencies and festivals.

(As of Spring of  1997)

 Scott Joplin's Ragtime
 The Complete Scott Joplin, Vol. 1
 The Complete Scott Joplin, Vol. 2
 The Complete Scott Joplin, Vol. 3
 The Complete Scott Joplin, Vol. 4
 More Damn Good Ragtime

Terra Verde
Bucktown in the Nineties
Ragtime Primer
57 Kinds of Blues
Augie Jr. and the Big Mess Blues Band
Some Assembly Required

What They're Saying About Scott Kirby..

"Ace pianist"
- Time Magazine, Michael Walsh, August, 1992

"In Scott Kirby's playing we encounter the very essence of ragtime. He is the embodiment of the Scott Joplin ideal."
- Edward A. Berlin, author of King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era

"Today's best player of Scott Joplin's Music"
- Trebor Tichenor, author of Rags and Ragtime, composer, pianist, collector and ragtime historian

 (On The Complete Scott Joplin, Vol. 1)
"Kirby is sensitive without being self-indulgent.  His technique is clear and eloquent while retaining an earthy, down-home quality"
- CD Review, Linda Kohanov, December, 1990

"Kirby has recently distinguished himself as a Ragtime composer with few equals in the medium's history."
- David Thomas Roberts, composer/pianist
-  Early Tangos to New Ragtime (Pionomania, 1995)

(On Ravenna)
" will find here some of the most beautiful and intriguing music written today .. there is a sense that these works are intensely personal and that he is sharing his musical feelings with the listener because words simply will not do."
- The Top Liner Rag, Jack Rummel, January, 1997

 (On Terra Verde)
"...brilliantly performed ... Kirby sounds like Chopin..."
- The Denver Post, Jeff Bradley, April I, 1997

"Something new and wonderful is happening on American pianos, with composer/pianist Scott Kirby of New Orleans in the vanguard.  The classically-trained, street smart, charismatic Kirby is leading the way toward an irresistible new keyboard literature that has its roots in the past ... and its eve on the present."
- Max Morath, Premier Ragtime performer, composer and educator

                       Selected Appearances

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival; Sedalia, MO
Lewis and Clark State College; Lewiston, Idaho
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; New Orleans, LA
Aquinas College; Grand Rapids, MI
Souillac Jazz Festival; Souillac, France

Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival; Boulder, CO
Bohem Ragtime Festival; Kechkemet, Hungary
Champaign County Arts Council Summer Concert Series; Urbana, OH
West Coast Ragtime Festival; Fresno, CA and Sacramento, CA
Sildajazz Festival; Haugesund, Norway

Bay Concert Arts Fall Series; Watsonville, CA
Whitworth College; Spokane, WA
Chateau de Sediere Concert Series; Sediere, France
Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Denver, CO
(benefit for families of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing)

Tom Turpin Ragtime Festival; Savannah, GA
Washington State Piano Teachers (workshop for students); Lewiston, ID
The Folkway; Peterborough; NH
Gavilon College: Gilroy, CA
Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, MO

Treignac Summer Concert Series; Treignac, France
Tamines Jazz Festival Tamines, Belgium
Indianapolis Ragtime Festival Indianapolis, IN
Boulder Area Music Teachers Assoc;  Niwot, CO
(workshop for teachers and students)

Fresno Community College, Fresno, CA
King Biscuit Blues Festival; Helena, AK
Scott Joplin House; St. Louis, MO
Great American Brass Band Festival; Danville, KY
Bohemia Ragtime Society Concert; Colorado Springs, CO

Englewood Downtown Development Summer Series; Englewood, CO
Old Town Music Hall; El Segundo, CA
Son Jose State College, San Jose, CA
Gaslighter Music Hall; Gilroy, CA
Raspberry Festival; Urbana, OH

St. Louis Ragtime on the Goldenrod, St. Louis, MO
Longmont Community Theater; Longmont, CO
Albijazz Festival; Albi, France
The Historic Mint Concert Series; New Orleans, LA
Rosebud Ball; St. Louis, MO

Kansas City Ragtime Revelry; Kansas City, MO
Trinity Concert Series; New Orleans, LA
Stephens College; Columbia, MO
Alliance Francaise; Houston, TX