TRANSCONTINENTAL PIANO DUO BIOS
The Transcontinental Piano Duo met in the summer of 1991, when both members were on the faculty of the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. Their friendship and musical rapport soon led to formation of the Arizona/Vermont duo.
Elaine Greenfield is a widely acclaimed pianist, recognized internationally for her performances, recordings, and teaching, with a distinguished career as soloist/lecture recitalist, and collaborative artist. She has been broadcast over international radio and TV, including the BBC,NPR, WGBH, WNYC,WAMC, & WVPR. Nationally, Ms. Greenfield has received rave reviews for performances at Carnegie, Merkin and Steinway Halls, the Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum, and concert venues coast to coast. The NEW YORK TIMES hailed her “crystalline clarity, tonal warmth, graceful airiness, and rhythmically strong” playing, with “a formidable technique”. CLAVIER magazine lauded Ms. Greenfield’s recent CD release “Debussy Preludes, Bks.1 & 2,” Centaur Records, calling her performances “impeccable... ”…“how this music was meant to sound.” CLASSICS TODAY praised her "sensitivity and control", "alluring pedal effects"...."meeting technical challenges with no effort". In addition to the TPDuo, Ms. Greenfield was a founding performer of the VT Contemporary Music Ensemble, and toured for 15 years with Philadelphia flutist, Pamela Guidetti. She is artistic director of St. Paul's Cathedral Arts, Burlington, VT, and Greenfield Piano Associates, an educational organization dedicated to the art of piano playing. Known nationally as an educator, Elaine Greenfield has appeared at numerous MTNA conferences as guest artist, workshop and master class clinician, and adjudicator.
Janice Meyer Thompson has enjoyed a diverse career as soloist, collaborative artist, lecture-recitalist, and master teacher across North America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights have included performances in the premier conservatory concert halls of China and South Korea, at the Val Tidone and Maggio Musicale Festivals (Italy), at the U.S. Consulate in Florence (Italy) and at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). Acclaimed for her “beautiful sound, easy versatility of style, and remarkable sensitivity to phrasing and nuance” (FANFARE), Thompson maintains a lively performance schedule with her professional vocal/instrumental chamber music ensemble, The Kent Camerata, with the Transcontinental Piano Duo, and with faculty colleagues in the Arizona State University School of Music where she recently attained the rank of Professor Emerita after a distinguished teaching career. A graduate of Northwestern University, Dr. Thompson also enjoys a national reputation as a leader in the field of graduate piano pedagogy and piano teacher training and is a frequent guest artist, speaker,master class clinician, author, and adjudicator for MTNA state and national conferences, and for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.