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"The classical cd for people that hate classical music." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
#1 Billboard Crossover Classical & #1 Billboard Classical - The Chopin Variations



What started as an inspiration by Sha-na-na as a child, to debuting at #1 on iTunes Classical with his 2014 release, The Chopin Variations, Chad Lawson has accomplished much in between. While in school at the Berklee College of Music, Chad began his career as a studio musician. After his studies at Berklee, he decided to go on tour with Babik Reinhardt (son of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt). 

Following his stint on the road, Chad formed the Chad Lawson Trio.  They released their self-titled debut album in 1997 followed by Dear Dorothy; The Oz Sessions (jazz trio arrangements of The Wizard of Oz) in 2002 and Unforeseen two years later. Taking a sabbatical from the jazz trio in 2007, Lawson went on tour in Europe and South America with Julio Iglesias as a keyboardist.

In 2009, Chad released his first solo album, Set on a Hill.  The album was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman (Grammy winner/Founder of Windham Hill Records) and was voted "Album of the Year" by Whispering Solo Piano's 1 million listeners.

2011 was a year of overachievement for Chad as he generated two albums and one single.  The Piano was released in October to rave reviews and also awarded, "Classical Album of the Year" by SoloPiano.com.  In August 2011, Chad offered Song of Prayer, a 32-minute improvisational single. This musical masterpiece provided the perfect soundtrack for introspective reflection and meditation.  He ended the year with the full-length, A Solo Piano Christmas, featuring his renditions of classic Christmas songs.  Reviews New Age proclaimed, "Superb!  5 out of 5 stars."

The Space Between, released in 2013, hit #12 on Amazon's Adult Alternative Chart which is an impressive feat for an independent release. Named by CDBaby as an Editor's Pick, The Space Between peaked the attention of NPR and Lawson was invited as a featured guest appearance on Talk of the Nation.

Chad's latest release, The Chopin Variations, has drawn commanding attention as it claimed the #1 spot on iTunes Classical before even released. Featured on NPR's All Things Considered, the double disc album contains 10 works of Chopin arranged in a minimalist landscape along with violinist, Judy Kang (Lady Gaga, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and cellist Rubin Kodheli (Kanye West, Norah Jones). The release immediately sold out at Amazon.com where it placed in the elite Top 100 albums that week.

Chad's music has been played on NPR, Delta Airlines flights and in Starbucks coffee shops. Television shows (Dawson's Creek, MTV's Teen Mom 2), movies (DoughBoys, Plimpton!) and commercials (Bacardi, Relais Chateaux upscale boutique hotels) have also utilized his works. The Notebook, an upcoming Broadway musical where Chad was brought on to arrange and notate the show's musical pieces.

While working as a keyboardist with an artist on Sony Records, the late and legendary music producer Phil Ramone told celebrated music director Jack Douglas, "You have an amazing keyboard player. " It was an unforgettable compliment that Chad still cherishes to this day.

Chad Lawson is a master musician and artist extraordinaire. This brilliance is evident in his gifted original compositions and his exceptional interpretations of the beloved classics.



Chopin Variations


As a Steinway artist with a #1 iTunes Classical release, Chad Lawson has a different approach to classical music; don't make it classical.  Along with the violinist Judy Kang and the cellist Rubin Kodheli, the trio has turned the classical world on its head as it has 'deconstructed Chopin' into a modern-day/minimalist landscape.  And the response? #1 iTunes Classical (not bad for an independent artist). 

A double disc release, disc one is piano, violin and cello. Disc two is the same program performed as solo piano.

CD & Digital Download $15.89 Double-Disc CD Only $13.89 Digital Download $11.89 (320k MP3) Printed Songbook (Solo Piano)                                                                           iTunes                          Amazon                          Bandcamp


Highlighted Reviews

"The Chopin Variations   - Number One iTunes Classical Debut (9/23/14)


"You've never heard the Polish composer like this before"

(The Chopin Variations)

Arun Rath NPR All Things Considered

"the DREAMIEST   Chopin you've ever heard"

(The Chopin Variations)

Meridee Duddleston WRTI 90.1 Philadelphia

"The Space Between...not just one of the best albums of 2013 (or even recent years), it's also one of the most important albums in how it seeks to connect the listener..."

Bill Binkelman, Wind & Wire

"The title, Promises Made on Signal Mountain, from Lawson's 2009 release Set on a Hill, is a lullaby that swells with intricate elegance."

Phil Ramone & Danielle Evin, Huffington Post

"Despite the huge risk of doing something completely different, let's just add The Space Between to that short yet ever growing credible list of stellar records that this piano man appears to be ever so capable of making at the drop of a hat"

Michael Debbage, Mainly Piano

"The Space Between will be generating a lot of musical buzz! Very highly recommended for those with a sense of musical adventure and an openness to hearing the piano in a new way!"

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano


Where you'll find a bit of everything


In case you're into accolades
alt text Debut #1 iTunes Classical Debut
alt text Debut #12 Amazon Adult Alternative
alt text #19 iTunes Classical
alt text Whisperings Album of the Year 2009


This, That, Stuff
CBS Sunday Morning Feature
CBS Sunday Morning

The fine folk of CBS Sunday Morning set up camp at Lawson's home for 2 days recently. Wanting to share his thoughts behind the #1 release, The Chopin Variations, we also see his daily routine as an indie artist. Watch the Video

"In-studio performance on Performance Today"

Fred Child of Performance Today invited Chad into their studio to play from his #1 release, The Chopin Variations. PT is the largest classical radio program in the US with over 1.2 Million listeners. Click here to listen to the interview.

NPR's All Things Considered

NPR's, All Things Considered Weekend, recently asked Chad to join in conversation about The Chopin Variations. Host, Arun Rath, is no stranger to classical music and thought his audience would appreciate the twist on Chopin. You can listen to the interview on their website at All Things Considered Weekend.

Interview on Echoes w/John Diliberto
Echoes w/John Diliberto

After the Chopin trio performed at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, they stopped by Echoes for an instudio performance. While there, host John Diliberto took the time to speak in-depth with Chad about his career and the #1 release, The Chopin Variations. Diliberto and staff did an outstanding job and you can download this for free at iTunes. Hope you enjoy (PS, it's really, really great!). iTunes


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