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James Lent - Pianist and Entertainer

Piano from Los Angeles, CA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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Pianist and Keyboardist James Lent received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Yale University, and is experienced in performing in all genres for weddings, concerts, events, and in groups including pop, classical, jazz, and Broadway. Any requests can be accommodated.

James is currently on the faculty of UCLA as the head of collaborative piano and vocal coach for the music department, and as coordinator of staff pianists, vocal coach, and musical director at AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood. He frequently performs throughout Southern California, and recently in venues including the Beverly Hills Hilton, House of Blues, LA Live, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. James is available by solo or he can provide additional performers including strings, drums, winds, and/or brass. He has also served on the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA as pianist and opera coach for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Napa Music Festival.

As a musical director he has directed and played for productions of Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Willy Wonka, West Side Story, Seussical, Amda's Toonsical, Rent, and for the LA Stage Star Competition. As a pianist he has also performed in productions of Cabaret, Chicago, Chess, A Chorus Line, The Fantasticks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Oklahoma.

As a concerto soloist, Mr. Lent made his Alabama Symphony debut performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 to critical acclaim on 24 hours' notice to replace Andre Watts. James' numerous piano awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, and the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Lent's other orchestral appearances include the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Torrence Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony. His solo recital appearances include performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lubeck, Germany; for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, a Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he gave the world premiere of a new work written for him by noted contemporary American composer Frederic Rzewski. His performances have been heard on New York's WQXR and National Public Radio's Performance Today. Mr. Lent was invited to participate in the Pierre Boulez Workshop for Instrumentalists and Conductors at Carnegie Hall where he performed with the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Maestro Boulez in a sold-out concert at Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Lent was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.


Dr. Lent is a native of Houston where he attended the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston. Since completing his Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale, Dr. Lent has been based in Los Angeles.
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James Lent was unbelievable and played our requests from jazz (Bill Evans) to Country (George Straight and Garth Brooks) to classical Latin music. We are family of musicians and where thoroughly impressed with his performance! I'd highly recommend him. Manuel J Ramirez CPA

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James was awesome. I had asked for a special song for my wedding and he was able to play it. He is very professional and extremely talented

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I cannot say strongly enough how pleased we were with James Lent. He is a true professional. He arrived in plenty of time so that when our guests started arriving really early, he was ready and simply started playing as if that was the time we had agreed on all along. Our guests commented on his talent and style. He gave just the right touch to the evening. The five stars for rating aren't enough. On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give James a 25! I recommend him highly.

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A Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bonnie Tyler
A Whole New World
Aladdin
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Bach
All I Ask of You
Lloyd Webber
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All in the Family
TV
All of Me
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One Man Band
Cabaret Singer
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Please note James Lent - Pianist and Entertainer will also travel to Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Glendale, Huntington Park, Maywood, Monterey Park, Bell, Hollywood, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Montebello, South Gate, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Culver City, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Willowbrook, Compton, La Canada, Montrose, North Hollywood.
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