Adam Tendler has been called "an exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase" by The Los Angeles Times, a “maverick pianist” by The New Yorker, a "modern-music evangelist" by Time Out New York, and an artist who "has managed to get behind and underneath the notes, living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all," by The Baltimore Sun, who continued, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all."
Tendler first made national headlines with America 88x50, the fifty-state recital tour he organized from the front seat of his Hyundai and the subject of his new book, 88x50, a 2013 Lambda Literary Award Nominee and 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and a finalist for the 2013 American Prize, Tendler has performed in some of the country’s most distinguished halls, universities, and concert series, directing modern music initiatives across the country and serving as an announcer and new music liaison for NPR and Pacifica stations nationwide. His memorized performances of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes have included a sold-out solo appearance at The Rubin Museum in New York City and a featured solo recital in the "Cage100" festival at Symphony Space, listed by New York Magazine as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2012.
Tendler has spoken and performed at NYU, Bard College, Kenyon College, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Portland State University, University of Nebraska, University of Alaska and Rice University, among others. An outspoken GLBTQ advocate, he was an election-season keynote speaker for the Human Rights Campaign in Boston, and has regularly performed for clients at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York City.
Recognized as an authority in modern American music, Tendler is developing an album of music by Robert Palmer for Albany records, and just recorded the premiere release of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Little Preludes on the Ebb & Flow Arts label.