Tony Kieraldo is a freelance pianist, pen & ink artist, teacher, accompanist, composer and musical-director that lives in Hudson, NY. He has shared the stage and worked with Jacques d’Amboise, Bill Irwin, Tommy Stinson, Lil’ Buck, Bobby Previte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marco Benevento, and Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few.
Tony grew up in rural Wisconsin where he started playing and writing music at the age of four. He studied at Interlochen Arts Academy and New England Conservatory before moving to NYC in 2003. At New England Conservatory he studied piano and composition with jazz legends, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Rakalam Bob Moses and Bob Brookmeyer. He was recognized in Downbeat Magazine in 1999 for outstanding jazz piano performance and composition. Since then, he has spent ten years freelancing as a musical-director for two non-profit children’s dance companies National Dance Institute and Celebrate the Beat.
Tony has recorded, performed, and toured internationally with various musical groups and performed genres of all kinds since 1998 including jazz, classical, rock, hip-hop, sufi, folk and avante garde.
In the summer of 2000 and 2001, Tony toured Peru with his jazz trio, Treeonik, performing his original material to captivated Peruvian audiences. In 2001 he released, “You Choose” independently with Treeonik. Tony has recorded and played harmonium with the Brooklyn Qawwali Party since 2004. In 2006, he released, “I Pledge Allegiance to Myself” with Lizzie West on Appleseed Records. In 2008 the duo released “The Tumbleweed Cabaret” and in 2009, “Chariots Rise” independently.
From 2010-2011, Tony was director/arranger/lead teacher for an American elementary school youth orchestral program based on the world renowned Venezuelan, El Sistema in Avon, Colorado. In 2011, Tony moved to Hudson NY where he teaches privately for piano/composition/improvisation and freelances as a pianist, musical director and accompanist.
In 2014, Tony performed at the White House in Washington D.C. for first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama as part of the President’s Council for Arts & Humanities called Turnaround Arts whose goal is to turn around failing public schools through the arts. Watch the video of the Turnaround Arts Talent Show here.
Tony is a self taught artist that specializes in pen & ink artistic portraits of houses and buildings. He is a self taught artist and has been drawing buildings since 2009. Visit the ARTIST page to see some of his work.