Fred Hersch is an improviser, composer, educator, recording artist, and a twelve-time Grammy Award nominee. Hersch has received several honors for his work, including a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, the 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year Award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros Award. In 2006, Hersch became the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s Village Vanguard to play a week-long engagement as a solo pianist. His newest solo album, Open Book, was nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards and has received numerous five-star ratings and reviews. A committed educator, Hersch has taught at New England Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, The New School, and Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a visiting artist at Rutgers University. In 2018, Hersch served as a Center LOI panelist in Performance.