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Lou Walinsky

Lou Walinsky is a pianist whose primary focus has been creating and performing solo piano arrangements based on a wide variety of songs.  His background includes extensive study of both classical and jazz piano - with extraordinary teachers that included Roland Hanna, Jimmy Giuffre, and Hank Jones.  Lou has worked in jazz, pop, and klezmer ensembles for over 40 years.  He has given solo performances throughout his career, as he worked on his concepts of arranging and improvising with songs, that have develped in his Piano Works concerts.  He loves creating these arrangements and is excited to share them with live in-person audiences.  He has produced two solo albums:  Lou Walinsky Piano Arrangements: Original Interpretations of Standards (2018) and Music From Many Places (1996). Lou has also taught piano privately, taught music in Philadelphia Public Schools, and performed music programs for both children and for senior citizens.



Lou was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for 2019-2020, which funded concerts at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood, PA, and at Inglis House and  Kleinlife Community Center, both in Philadelphia.

He was featured as part of public TV station WHYY’s House Concert Series in 2020, playing  his original song “Blues-like”: https://whyy.org/episodes/lou-walinsky/

In July, 2021, Lou was named Artist of the Month by the national organization Braver Angels. 



“PAA supports Lou Walinsky!!!  Lou Walinsky is an incredible talent. Whether he is performing a sweeping romantic ballad or a sophisticated improvised rhythmic composition, Walinsky is always a pleasure to listen to.  Walinsky won over the audience with an inspired and captivating set, certainly raising the bar for the remainder of the evening’s performers.  Walinsky makes music filled with passion, creativity, humor, and originality.” - O.A.,Program & Facility Coordinator, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA 

“Thank you for your performances in the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Series.  It is refreshing to hear an artist who performs such a wide range of styles in one program.  Your congenial interactions with the audience add a very enjoyable personal dimension to your presentation of the music.” - G.R., Festival Program Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

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