About Jodie DeSalvo
Jodie DeSalvo has captured national and international attention with her classical and jazz interpretations of the masters of keyboard literature. Upon winning the Artist International Competition in 1988, Ms. DeSalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim with an encore performance two years later at Lincoln Center. She has been a top prize winner in the Young Keyboard Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. A graduate of the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music, and a former student of John Browning and Gary Graffman, she is also a past recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ms. DeSalvo has toured extensively as a piano soloist appearing with the orchestras of Chicago, Geneva, Lucerne, San Francisco, Hartford and Chautauqua under the batons of noted Maestros Edvard Tchivzhel, Christopher Wilkins, David Effron and Gisele Ben Dor. A frequent soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, she has appeared on the classical and pops series with Jorge Mester, Jeff Tyzik and Bruce Hangen. A noted chamber player, Ms. DeSalvo has appeared with cellist Sharon Robinson, violinists Glenn Basham and Jennifer Frautschi, the Miami String Quartet, the Bergonzi String Quartet and members of the American String Quartet. She has performed at such prestigious festivals as Brevard, Chautauqua, Birch Creek, as well as over 100 times on National Public Radio.
While Jodie is a serious classical pianist, she is ultimately an entertainer who loves to engage her audiences and have fun with them. Over the last two years she has added to her repertoire the comedy of Victor Borge. She has found great joy in interpreting some of his best loved skits, including Phonetic Punctuation and Inflationary Language, as well as writing some of her own original material. These concert performances are enjoyed by audiences of all ages!
Ms. DeSalvo has recorded and produced 10 CDs of solo literature, chamber and choral music. As she continues to perform extensively, Ms. DeSalvo is also Director of Fine Arts and Artistic Director of concerts at Seacrest Country Day School, as well as the music director at Unity Church in Naples. Ms. DeSalvo’s recital/ lecture series at the Artis-Naples is now in its ninth season having sold out for the last four seasons.