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Musicians of Rochester

Musicians of Rochester serves as a portrait of musical life in and around the greater Rochester, New York region. Inspired by Humans of New York, Classical 91.5 intern Bridget Kinneary started Musicians of Rochester early in 2015 as part of her Eastman Arts Leadership Internship program. This portrait continues to grow each month as interns and staff meet and share stories and insights from Musicians of Rochester. We invite you to visit this page often to meet new musicians and find out more about the music scene in Rochester.

Musicians of Rochester: Philip Carli

Dec 6, 2016

Now one of the world’s most-acclaimed silent movie pianists, Philip Carli saw his first silent films at Disneyland in California. It was love at first sight. These silent films inspired him to create little films of his own as a kid, and experiment with accompanying them on the piano.

Musicians of Rochester: Maria Battista-Hancock

Aug 27, 2016
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Born in the sunny south of Italy, Maria-Battista Hancock grew up surrounded by music. “In my family, I like to say we had music for dessert,” says Maria. It was through music that Maria learned how to speak English, and through music that she found her calling—music therapy. “My cousin Giovanna is a few years younger than me and has Down syndrome. She's non-verbal, but when we played music as a family, her face would light up and she would try to sing along,” says Maria. “It was then I realized music is so much more than just performing.”  

Andy Calabrese

Aug 27, 2016

If you’ve listened to a local commercial recently in Rochester, you might have heard the music of Rochester native Andy Calabrese. Jazz pianist, producer, and composer Andy Calabese writes music for commercials and film out of his studio in Pittsford. He’s written music for local businesses such as The Strong National Museum of Play and Xerox. Andy Calabrese started experimenting with a 4 track cassette in 1984, overdubbing synths and guitars. Around that time, he met Chuck Brucato, and started collaborating with him creating music for commercials. They still collaborate today.

Danny Ziemann

Aug 27, 2016

One of Rochester's foremost jazz bassists, Eastman alum Danny Ziemann plays with top jazz musicians all over the world, including renowned pianist Gordon Webster. Danny Ziemann met Gordon by chance at Eastman, when Gordon Webster needed a last minute fill-in bassist. They’ve been performing together ever since.

Dave Porter

Aug 27, 2016

My day job is as a Program Manager with Syntec Optics in Rochester, New York.  I have a technical background in design and engineering.

I love all types of music - listening and performing. I serve on the board of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and have been the principal trombone player in the GSO for more than ten years.  I also play in many other local ensembles: the Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, Batavia Concert Band, Trombone Choir, Alexander Fireman's Band and Batavia Swing Band.

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