Skip Wilkins – Piano

Skip Wilkins is an American jazz pianist who splits his time between Eastern Pennsylvania and Central Europe. While in the U.S. he makes his home in the town of Delaware Water Gap, living at the famous jazz club Deer Head Inn. In his adopted hometown, Skip performs with National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Phil Woods, The Festival Orchestra, Larry McKenna, Kim Parker and others. Skip has had a special connection with many Czech musicians. Often spending months in Prague, he has toured throughout Europe, with performances in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Italy, France, and the Slovak Republic. Skip has released twelve CDs as a leader or co-leader.

Skip has been fortunate to play and record with luminaries and un-sung local players wherever he has lived. Most recently he is heard on the recording “New Celebration” from NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra. Skip and Phil are neighbors in Delaware Water Gap, PA. In 2015 Deer Head Records will be releasing a 2014 live recording that he made with vocalist Najwa Parkins and Philadelphia tenor saxophone legend Larry McKenna. Skip plays often at Deer Head Inn and at the COTA Festival of the Arts.

Skip has been teaching at various levels for more than twenty-five years, including college and university classroom work, high school ensemble directing, artist-in-residence engagements, summer workshops, master classes and clinics, and one-on-one applied instruction, including activities in the US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. He has worked with all levels of learners, from young children through post-doctoral fellows.

Since 2007, Skip has been especially active in the Czech Republic, presenting jazz composition and jazz piano clinics, and directing the Jazz Singers annually at both the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frýdlant, and for four years at the Summer Choral Workshop in Lomnice u Tišnova. He composes and arranges new works for the workshops each year. For two years he taught at the International Jazz Workshop Kryoneri in Greece. He has presented clinics at the Jaroslav Ježek Konservatory in Prague, at the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts in Brno, and at music schools and other venues in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Kyjov, and Kladno. In other parts of Europe, he has given workshops in Berlin, Germany and Zilina, Slovak Republic.

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