Rockstar Concert Pianist
Best of SXSW Performer
Jade Simmons is one of the world’s best experiential keynote speakers. She is also a true rockstar concert pianist, best of SXSW performer, and classical music’s No. 1 Maverick. A true inspiration, Jade repeatedly defies expectations, delivers riveting performances and combines passion and innovation in all she does. A born-storyteller, Jade connects with any audience as she relates all the twists and turns that have made her stand out in the industry. Her stories help audiences looking to do things differently in their own right in order to see a greater impact on life and business.
This gifted musician is a “musical force of nature.” She is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. Classically trained in piano performance at Northwestern and Rice Universities, Jade has eschewed the traditional recital in favour of taking her audiences on concert adventures that span Rachmaninoff to Rap. In her inimitable career as a concert pianist, Jade has remained committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation and, as a result, has revolutionized the concert platform. Today, she offers an incredibly diverse mix of repertoire from the Classics to the cutting edge and diverse audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances. Ms. Simmons has toured the US extensively in recital and with orchestra highlighted by performances at venues as wide-ranging as Ravinia, the Chicago Sinfonietta in Symphony Hall, New York’s Town Hall and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has performed at The White House and has also received the Sphinx Organization’s Medal of Excellence in a concert held at the US Supreme Court hosted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
From upstarts to seasoned senior leadership, Jade transcends audience demographics, speaking to multigenerational groups of both men and women with ease. Her home language is the language of high-achievers, influencers and visionaries and her knack is in shifting mindsets in real-time to unlock possibilities for breakthrough thinking, limitless living and record-breaking. She’s spoken at financial services companies like Deloitte, RBC and Nationwide; biotech and pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and Genentech; Innovators like Dow and Raytheon. She has also spoken at multiple educational institutions such as Canyon University, who brought Jade in for all 6 Fall commencement ceremonies.
Recently, Jade was tapped to portray legendary concert jazz pianist & entertainer Lillette Harris in the new musical Lillette’s Rhythm Club which debuted in Florida this past June. She has even made waves as one of the rare classical artists invited to perform at the taste-making South by Southwest Festival where her show was ultimately branded one of the “Best of SXSW 2014”.
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