Laszlo Gardony

Professor

"I focus on finding the musical styles and the performers that truly inspire and excite my students. Then I find ways to expand their horizons and further develop their performing and writing skills, using their favorites as launching pads for discussion and expansion. My goal is to help them develop into well-rounded musicians who retain their love of music and develop their original voice all the while learning about the masters and honing their musical skills. My happiest moments as a teacher come from seeing a student's eyes light up about an assignment, a recording, or either their own performance or mine. I feel that because I've helped my students learn how to evolve effectively and joyfully they can learn life lessons in addition to their musical training."

"I teach students ways of practicing in which inspiration and analysis mutually support each other. My aim is to teach them an appreciation of both intuition and analysis so there is no conflict between the two. Instead, they mutually enhance each other. I want to see my students grow more inspired as well as more knowledgeable. I always emphasize having fun while learning, enjoying the process. I encourage my students to always practice in a musical way, never approaching music mechanically or viewing it as a mere skill."

 

Career Highlights

  • Diploma, Berklee College of Music

  • B.M., Bela Bartok Conservatory

  • M.Ed., ELTE Science University

  • Leader of own trio and quartet. Sideman with Yoron Israel's High Standards and Matt Glaser's Wayfaring Strangers, among others.

  • Ten albums, which feature 60 original compositions and 25 original arrangements of standards; released on the Sunnyside, Antilles, and Avenue Jazz labels.

  • Performances with Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, David “Fathead” Newman, Miroslav Vitous, the Wayfaring Strangers, and others.

  • Performances with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston and the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City.

  • Appearances at major jazz festivals and jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, the Monterey Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, and the 18th and Vine Heritage Festival (Kansas City).

  • First-prize winner at the 1987 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

  • Recent recordings include Clarity (Sunnyside Records), Signature Time (Sunnyside), Dig Deep (Sunnyside), Natural Instinct (Sunnyside), Ever Before Ever After (Sunnyside), and Behind Open Doors (Sunnyside).

  • Selected recordings as featured sideman: Yoron Israel: Visions: the Music of Stevie Wonder (Ronja Music Company); The Wayfaring Strangers: This Train (Rounder) and Shifting Sands of Time (Rounder)