• Jonathan Paul Cambry

    Home website of romantic period pianist, graphic designer, computer expert and music instructor for most types of music (not currently teaching)

    “You cannot teach passion, but you can give that person enough knowledge of the techniques and other ways to think about the music itself to make passion attainable early for the student”

    -JONATHAN CAMBRY

     

    Jonathan Cambry plays "Une Barque sur L'ocean" by Maurice Ravel

    Jonathan Paul Cambry plays piece, Une Barque sur L'ocean", at home in Chicago, which means "A boat on the ocean", a movements “in the suite Miroirs" in French, which in English means "Mirrors", written by Maurice Ravel

    Jonathan Cambry plays "Moment Musical No. 4" by Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Jonathan Paul Cambry plays one of Sergei Rachmaninoff's most difficult and lovely romantic period piece a favorite

  • Biography

    Will give more updates about performing and teaching in the future

    Jonathan Cambry in Denmark, Europe

    About Jonathan Paul Cambry

    Jonathan Paul Cambry known as PianoPlaya is a Haitian-American Romantic period pianist, freelance music instructor of multiple forms of music and computer expert from Chicago and has been playing piano since the age of 3. He was featured on YouTube, then had performances in Europe, Asia and all over the United States most notably the Chicago Symphony Center in 2012.

    In 2000, shortly after finishing high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Jonathan was invited to perform and study in a prestigious 3-month intensive program in Casalmaggiore, Italy where he studied with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein of the Oberlin Conservatory and Mario Delli Ponti who is a world renowned teacher and lecturer. While at Northern Illinois University studying with William Goldenberg, Cambry was the recipient of the Jane Jenkins Lovering, Memorial Scholarship (2005) and received a Master Class from Martin Canin, professor emeritus of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Cambry previously studied also with professor Kuang-Hao Huang, one of the most popular collaborative pianists located in Chicago, IL.

    Years ago, Jonathan created the Chicago’s Piano Meetup group. He also worked with in project Sonatasia(video) which originated in California. He now also uses his talents (not currently) to also perform music, work with other programmers, work with other artists on classical, romantic and contemporary music like R&B and hip-hop.

    His now current interests include playing and will in the future continue to do performing, improvising and teaching(online and offline) all genres of music from all classical to all contemporary music and graphic designing folders for his students in which you can see in the pictures below. Just for fun in Chicago, Jonathan's personal interests include many sports as well! He believes that learning the piano is the greatest start to doing music of all forms and help with other abilities.

  • Videos

    There are more videos featuring Jonathan Cambry which can be shown on his YouTube channel with nickname PianoPlaya123(click here)

    Jonathan Cambry plays "Transcendental Etude No. 10" by Franz Liszt

    This is Cambry playing one of his favorite romantic period pieces, and most popular romantic piano compositions, composed by Franz Liszt, recorded in Chicago

    Jonathan Cambry plays "Scherzo No. 1" by Frederic Chopin

    One of Cambry's favorite one of his favorite romantic period pieces, featured on YouTube, composed by Frederic Chopin, recorded in Chicago

  • Articles and more about Jonathan Cambry

    Check this out to learn more about the great versatile artist

    Cambry has been playing piano since the age of 3, first studying with David Andrews of the Suzuki-Orff School for 15 years. He is currently a highly viewed classical pianist on YouTube to date, with over 2.5 million views and over 4,000 subscribers.

    In 2000, shortly after finishing high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Cambry was invited to perform and study in a prestigious 3-month intensive program in Casalmaggiore, Italy where he studied with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein of the Oberlin Conservatory and Mario Delli Ponti who is a world renowned teacher and lecturer. While at Northern Illinois University studying with William Goldenberg, Cambry received a Master Class from Martin Canin in 2005, professor emeritus of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Cambry then went on to study with professor Kuang-Hao Huang, one of the most collaborative pianists located in Chicago, IL.

    Jonathan Cambry created, organized and runs the Chicago Piano Meetup Group

    https://www.meetup.com/pianoparty/

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  • Pieces Learned

    These are all of the pieces Jonathan Cambry has learned to perform in the future in different locations and is on YouTube

    *Indicates what is being focused on with completing to perform, otherwise Cambry has finished learning new pieces

    #Indicates video is not online now

     

    Bach

    1. Prelude and fugue no 1 in WTC book 1

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    1. Moonlight Sonata
    2. Pathetique Sonata

    Frederic Chopin

    1. Étude op 10 no 12 “Revolutionary”
    2. Étude op 25 no 1 “Aeolian harp”
    3. Étude op 25 no 10 “Octave”
    4. #Étude op 25 no 11 “Winterwind” 
    5. #Étude op 25 no 12 “Ocean” 
    6. Scherzo no 1 in B minor
    7. Scherzo no 2 in B-flat minor
    8. #Ballade no 1
    9. *Ballade no 4 
    10. Nocturne op 15 no 1 in F major
    11. #Nocturne op 48 no 1 C minor
    12. “Heroic” Polonaise
    13. Fantasie-Impromptu in C# minor

    George Gershwin

    1. #Rhapsody in Blue

    Franz Liszt

    1. Transcendental étude no 8 (Wilde Jage)
    2. Transcendental étude no 10 (Appasionata)
    3. La Campanella (The Little Bell)
    4. #Grande-Étude op 3 no 2
    5. *Un Sospiro
    6. Funerailles
    7. #Les jeux d’eau a la villa d’este

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    1. *Piano Concerto no 2 
    2. Moment Musical no 3
    3. Moment Musical no 4
    4. Prelude in C# minor
    5. Étude-Tableau no 5

    Claude Debussy

    1. Claire de lune
    2. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 

    Maurice Ravel

    1. Miroirs “Une Barque sur L'ocean”

    Alexander Scriabin

    1. Étude no 2 no 1
    2. Étude op 8 no 12
    3. *Étude op 42 no 4
    4. Étude op 42 no 5

    Compositions

    1. Music Theory (hip-hop)

    Collaborations

    1. Prealudium and Allegro by Kreisler (piano and violin)
    2. Yankee Doodle Variations (piano and violin)

    Contemporary

    1. #“All of Me” by John Legend