Uri Caine began playing piano at seven and studied with jazz pianist Bernard Peiffer at twelve. Later he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, under the tutelage of George Crumb. Caine played professionally after 1981, and by 1985 had his recording debut with the Rochester-Gerald Veasley band. His solo recording debut was in 1992.
Caine has recorded 16 mostly classical albums. His 1997 jazz tribute to Gustav Mahler received an award from the German Mahler Society, and he has also reworked Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, as well as music by Wagner, Schumann and Mozart.
In 2009, Uri Caine was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album for his work “The Othello Syndrome”, re-imagining the Verdi opera Otello as a modern piece featuring soul singer Bunny Sigler.
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