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Pianist, composer, and educator Dave Meder is poised to become one of the most prominent musical voices of his generation, with fluid technique, novel rhythmic conception, and an intuitive sense of musical drama. He is the winner of the 2013 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and the recipient of two DownBeat Magazine Awards for “Best Instrumental Jazz Soloist.” As a composer, he has received recognition in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition. His artistry has afforded him performances at famed venues like the Tokyo Jazz Festival and The Kennedy Center, as well as several engagements with his own trio at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. He holds the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he studied jazz piano with Kenny Barron and classical piano with Julian Martin. Additionally, he has studied improvisation with Ari Hoenig and Mark Turner, as well as composition with Philip Lasser in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger. As an educator, Meder has been an adjunct instructor of jazz piano at New York University, and he has presented lectures at various forums including the Jazz Educators Network Conference. He is currently the music director and pianist for Fordham Lutheran Church in Bronx, NY.