About Kenny

Kenny Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over forty years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. In 1996 he wrote his landmark book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating The Master Musician Within. Werner has  since created videos, lectured world-wide and authored many articles on how musicians, artists or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to it’s highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful and disciplined in our work and in our life. Kenny was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. No Beginning No End is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, Kenny’s third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet. Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 19, 1951 and then growing up in Oceanside, Long Island, Kenny began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio. In high school and his first years of college he attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major. His natural instinct for improvisation led Kenny to the Berklee School of Music in 1970. There he sought tutelage of the renowned piano teacher Madame Chaloff. A Her gracious wisdom and inspiration became a driving force in Kenny’s conception: A music conscious of its spiritual intent and essence. From Boston, Kenny traveled to Brazil with the saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil. There he met Victor’s twin brother, Brazilian pianist Joao Assis Brasil. He studied with Joao, who provided another piece of the puzzle for Kenny’s conception that would lead to Effortless Mastery, his landmark opus on how to allow the master musician from within to manifest. The book, is now available as an ebook on kindle and in Ibooks. For Kenny's full discography and credit list, click here.  For Kenny's educational credits, awards, published works and educational videos, click here.  For musician and press quotes about Kenny, click here.
  • Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse not from rules

    William Blake
  • Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

  • Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

    Miles Davis
  • I cannot say what I think is right about music. I only know the rightness of it…

    Keith Jarrett
  • Expectation exists when there is fear.

    Swami Chidvilasananda
  • You must be nothing but an ear that hears what the universe of the world is constantly saying within you.

    Rabbi Dov Baer of Mezritc
  • The Way [The Great Too] is not difficult, just avoid picking and choosing.

  • Fear of failure, and frustration; these are society’s defenses against creativity

    Stephen Nachmanavich
  • If you forget yourself, you become the universe

    Hakuin Ortegama
  • The resolved mind has no cares…

    Chinese saying
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new…

    Albert Einstein
  • We don’t grow old. We stop growing and become old…

    Deepak Chopra
  • The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.

    Sven Goran Eriksson
  • It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

    Walt Disney
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

  • Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be

    Abraham Lincoln
  • Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.