“Belmont’s commercial keyboard students have opportunities to perform many different styles of music while also receiving the highest quality training in pop/jazz piano. Our graduates have toured and recorded with major artists such as Keith Urban, CC Winans, Jonny Lang, and Dweezil Zappa. Others have been accepted in graduate degree programs at major universities.”
Dr. Anthony Belfiglio is an Associate Professor of Music. Currently, Dr. Belfiglio teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied commercial piano, commercial keyboard seminar, commercial music analysis, commercial music pedagogy, improvisation, and studio instrumentalist. He is also keyboardist, composer, and co-founder in the Belmont Faculty Jazz Group.
Dr. Belfiglio’s educational credentials include a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music and Human Learning/Jazz Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Temple University. His published dissertation is titled Fundamental Rhythmic Characteristics of Improvised Straight-Ahead Jazz.
As a young musician, Dr. Belfiglio performed at various venues in the Philadelphia area. He also performed for two consecutive years at the Oberlin College Summer Piano Institute. Later, he was selected as composer/performer participant with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, including performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Further performances have included concerts with notable jazz artists such as Danny Gottlieb, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Tracy Silverman, Dave Douglas, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Jason Marsalis, Ron Westray, Delfeayo Marsalis, Kevin Mahogany, John Riley, John Fedchock, Steve Turre, John Blake, and Eddie Gomez. He has also performed live on Nashville National Public Radio, on Austin National Public Radio, and WFLN Philadelphia. Presently, he performs regularly with Belmont faculty artists, as well as other Nashville-area musicians, and occasionally gives clinics and performances at high schools and colleges, including recent performances at the Berklee College of Music and the Beijing Academy of Contemporary Music.
Dr. Belfiglio has recorded various projects, including three of his own CD recordings: Rhythmaning: Trio Sessions (2009), Project Escape (2006), and First Time Only (2001). His latest recording project to be released soon features Dr. Belfiglio with Billy Contreras (violin), Roy Vogt (bass), Danny Gottlieb (drums), and Beth Gottlieb (percussion).
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