Scott Hiltzik’s music has been featured at the world’s finest venues and on Grammy-nominated recordings. His catalog of over eight hundred original compositions for solo piano, various ensembles, theater, dance and voice seamlessly integrate the classical tradition of the great composers, jazz, musical theater, rhythm and blues and world genres, mixing them together to create his uniquely beautiful sound.
During different time periods his work has focused on classical, jazz, world music, ambient electronic, soundtrack scores, songwriting, chamber music and orchestral. The piano, however, has remained at the heart of Scott’s work. His piano music is featured on concert pianist Elina Christova’s CD Tributaries as well as his own recordings Last Day Home: Selected Piano Works, All The World Is Sleeping and Celtic Nocturnes. Numerous pianists perform his music in concert.
Major orchestras which have performed his works include the Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. Music schools performing his music include Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Franklin & Marshall College, University of Wisconsin Madison, the Round Top Festival and the Music Academy of the West.
Scott’s composition “Spirals” is featured on the 2012 Grammy-nominated Bay Brass recording Sound The Bells!, a CD of new works for brass by American composers which includes pieces by John Williams and Michael Tilson Thomas.
His jazz songs have been performed and recorded by many vocalists including the multi Grammy-nominated Tierney Sutton, and Miki Coltrane, daughter of John and Alice Coltrane.
Scott has been featured as a pianist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Ruskin Art Center, the Jazz Bakery and as part of numerous concert series and clubs. He performs solo, as part of different instrumental combinations, and with his jazz quartet, House of Games. His performances include original works and improvisations. The Brentwood News has said of his solo piano work “The music is nothing short of incredible.”
Scott follows the muse wherever it leads: from the piano to the orchestra to world music; from writing songs to writing haiku, musical plays, theatrical plays, a blog and currently a book.
He lives in California and loves artistic collaboration, teaching and green tea.
“Scott, your music and your performance is simply the greatest. It is totally beautiful, totally beautiful. You are among the greatest of composers and performers.”
– Jimmy Wyble, guitar legend
“Scott Hiltzik’s music is of a refined and stylish quality one rarely encounters in the works of modern composers… Scott’s works stick to what music has always been about: an honest artistic rendition of the most beautiful and poignant moments we call our life.”
– Elina Christova, concert pianist