Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program. In May 2003, he was a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR. He has served as a judge for the American Jazz Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Pianists Association, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Young Texas Artists Competition. In September of 2007, he was privileged to perform in the dedication concert on the new “Sorel” Steinway at SUNY Fredonia, in honor of his former teacher, Miss Claudette Sorel.
He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia.
Mr. Caramia is featured in the Yamaha Clavinova on Campus series. He is a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion Magazine and on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher. Recent solo piano publications by Alfred Music Publishing include Shoo-fly Shuffle, and American Treasures (part of the Jazz Performers Series); Suite Dreams and Jazz Moods (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation), as well as contributions to the 9th edition of Keyboard Musicianship, Books 1 and 2.
He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions; the International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE) Teacher Training Institutes; the National Piano Teachers Institute, and the International Workshops. He has lectured and performed at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference in London, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, and the Institute of Registered Music Teachers National Conference in New Zealand. In July, 2013, he was a guest artist and teacher at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. In November 2014, he was a guest at the “Encontros sobre Pedagogia do Piano” (Piano Pedagogy Encounter) in Santa Maria, Brazil.
In 2005 he participated in the International Stride Summit in Switzerland. He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, the past four National Conferences on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the 50th Anniversary of the New School for Music Study, in Princeton, NJ in 2010. A strong advocate of theme recitals—he spoke at the CFMTA-MTNA Collaborative Conference in Toronto, Canada on the topic: The Art of Modern Recital Programming— he has presented multi-media tributes to composers George Gershwin, Billy Mayerl, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers; and the extraordinary pianist, Cy Walter. He has been delighted and captivated by his most recent project: the music of Dana Suesse—The Girl Gershwin.