Newton Piano Summit

2025 Season is March 8 & 9, 15 & 16

Latest videos from last season:

Your contribution will help the Summit become a world-class sustainable tradition in our city. Any amount is tax deductible and highly appreciated.


2025 Season will be incredible!

Returning to the stage will be Gospel legend Dennis Mongomery III who brought down the house last year. Derailed from our lineup of 2023 because she had a performance with the great saxophonist Chris Potter, will be Anastassiya Petrova. We welcome new talent and the opportunity to present musicians who have ties to the region and we are thrilled to have Paul Bloom join the lineup.

Anastassiya Petrova

Jazz pianist/organist from Kazakhstan currently based in New York City after spending 8 years in Boston, Massachusetts. She’s blowing up worldwide with her musical prowess and creativity. Throughout her musical career, she has been given opportunities to share the stage with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Noah Preminger, Allan Chase, Patricia Pérez, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Marco Pignataro, Ellis Hall, Catherine Russell, and others. She participated in international festivals such as Umbria Jazz Festival 2013 (Italy), Wave of Ideas 2015 (Bulgaria), Panama Jazz Festival 2020, 2021 (Panama), Beantown Jazz Festival 2018 (Boston, MA), Monterey Jazz Festival 2018 (Monterey, CA), Soular Jazz Festival 2021 (MA), and Arlington Jazz Festival 2022 (MA), Winter Jazz Festival 2023 (NYC). She received her bachelor’s degree in professional music and performance at Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree in global jazz from Berklee, studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In 2019 she was awarded a DownBeat Student Music Award for the Best Graduate Arrangement. In 2021 received a grand-prix at the International Jazz Bridge Competition as a pianist, composer, and arranger, and became the finalist at Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In 2022 Petrova received a prestigious New Jazz Legacy Grant, which let her perform alongside the renowned jazz saxophonist Chris Potter and get creative mentorship with Kris Davis. She currently holds an Assistant Professor position at Berklee College of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College. 

Dennis Montgomery III

Montgomery grew up singing and playing in Baptist churches around the upper Louisiana area under the tutelage of his father and mother,  By the time he was nine years old he was proficient enough on the Hammond B3 Organ to get hired to work alongside his father. Montgomery came to Berklee College of Music in 1983. Shortly after he arrived at Berklee, he headed for the gospel choir which had only recently come into existence. While Berklee’s education is focused on jazz,  “We know that jazz has its roots in the negro spiritual, which is gospel music. Gospel is also the mother of a lot of other secular music that America has produced.” Gospel at Berklee grew rapidly and when Mongomery graduated he assumed the direction of the Reverence Gospel Ensemble as a full-time faculty member. Montgomery believes that the choir is a fundamental ingredient of the American experience for international students, which is probably why students from all over Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia all come to be a part of the choir. Montgomery states, “When I was young, I had to learn European musical styles. So when foreign students come to Berklee, I think it is important to educate them in a true form of American music.” The choir has served as a catalyst for some premiere voices in the music industry such as Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Susan Tedeschi, Claude Kelly, Rob Lewis and Mark Whitfield.  

Paul Bloom

Paul distinguished himself quickly as a prodigiously creative talent in the Boston area before moving to New York City. Originally from Needham, Massachusetts, Paul was enthralled by music as a child and started taking piano lessons at age 5. As a teenager, he took lessons with Steve Sussman, Doug Johnson, and Hal Crook, while performing weekly at Wally’s Jazz Club. He also joined New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music programs, studying with renowned artists and educators including Austin McMahon, Tiger Okoshi, Alexei Tsiganov, Joanne Brackeen, Wes Wirth, Ken Schaphorst, and Julian Lage. Paul participated in the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program from 2012-2013, where he worked with mentors Joe Gilman, Stefon Harris, Patrick Langham, and Brian Kendrick. After moving to New York City in 2013, he began studies at Columbia University and discovered a fascination with neuroscience. Over the following years, he balanced studies in developmental neuroscience with a regular schedule of performances and recording sessions, as well as lessons with Frank Kimbrough and Bruce Barth. Over the past 10 years, Paul has been an active member of the New York City music scene, playing and recording with artists spanning many musical styles, including Jess Best, Taylor Simone Harvey, iiii, Justin Carter, Alex Graff, Bria Monét, Chandanie, Sedric Perry, Elysse, Jazze Belle, Marcus Machado, Kendra Foster, and JSWISS. He has had opportunities to perform at premier venues, including the Blue Note, Apollo Theater, Dizzy’s Club, Nublu, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, The Bowery Ballroom, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the California Jazz Conservatory.

Why you should attend these concerts:

  • Experience the beauty of live music: There is nothing quite like hearing a talented artist play a beautiful piece of music in person, with all the nuances and subtleties that a recording simply cannot capture. No high-end system with vinyl, super audio CD, or any other recorded format can deliver all the energy and drama of a live performance.
  • Expand your musical horizons: You may discover new composers and styles of music that you never knew existed, and develop a deeper appreciation for the art form.
  • Connect with like-minded people: Attending the Summit can also be a great way to connect with people who share your passion for music. You may meet the performers themselves, and have the opportunity to discuss your favorite pieces of music and exchange ideas and insights.
  • Unwind and de-stress: Listening to live music has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing stress, improving mood, and even lowering blood pressure. We most certainly can all use that!
  • It is unlikely the next opportunity you will have to see these artists someone else will be footing the bill, consider this a free $100 ticket!
  • These are some of the very best talents making music today! We have searched high and low with great expertise in finding out who’s hot, who is innovative, and who is making incredible music.
  • Excepting previous Newton Piano Summits, not since Dizzy Gillespie played in Newton over three decades ago have Newtonites had the opportunity to see this level of talent for free. These are the concerts people will talk about for generations. 
  • Just showing up is supporting the arts and helps ensure that talented musicians continue to have opportunities to perform and share their gifts in Newton.
This program is supported in part by grants from the Village Bank which has a long tradition of commitment to the Garden City, Advance Auto in Nonantum – providing quality service for everything automotive, Honda Village, and the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, Newton Community Pride, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Charles River Foundation and private donors.

You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.

Click these links to see the concerts on: FaceBook or YouTube

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Performers are selected from an A-list of recognized artists. Their reputations often include decades of experience performing at International Festivals and venues as headliners and/or with other recognized performers, numerous awards and recordings, and availability. Sometimes someone new is highly recommended and we are lucky to catch a rising star!

If you would like to help out and donate to the event you can contribute online with the button below or you can contact Chris Pitts or anyone with Next-Arts. Videos of all previous performances are available here. 

The Historic Second Church in Newton

We are excited to again hold this season’s performances at the amazing Second Church. Great acoustics, ample parking, plenty of comfortable cushioned seating, and easy wheelchair access.

We don’t waste a nickel! Here’s where your money goes: 2023 season cost a little over $17,000. Marketing was spent on internet advertising and lawn signs.

In-kind donations: Videographers and Audio engineers are donating 25 – 50% of regular fees. Performing artists are generally taking lower fees. More than 20 volunteers help staff the event. Producing and Video editing is done for free.

Musicians who have performed at the Summit (Headliners)

Alan Rowe
2016 & 2017
Ernan Ortiz “Ed Rox”Max Lumbarsky 2020
Alexander TothFernando HuergoMichael Doughty
Anderson MirafzaliGen YoshimuraNando Michelin 2020
Andrus Madsen
2022, 2023
George Russell Jr. 2018 & 2019Nina Ott
2016 & 2017
April Sun 2022Harold Charon
2022 & 2023
Nitzan Birnbaum
Bertram LehmannHelen Sung 2022Richard Stanmeyer
Brad BarrettHidemi Akaiwa 2023Sarah Freiberg Ellison
Bruce Forman 2020Scott Goulding
Chris LopesJimin Park 2018 Sean Skeete
Christopher MontgomeryJoh CamaraSteve Langone
Coran HenleyJohn LockwoodSylvia Berry
Cristián TamblayJohn TurnerTim Ray
2016, 2017, 2018
Daniela Schacter 2019Julia GlennUtar Artun 2023
Dave FutcherKendrick ScottVlade Guigni
David ‘Fuze’ FiuczynskiKenwood DennardWarren Wolf 2020
David WongKevin Harris
2016 & 2023
Wes Wirth
2018, 2019
Dayramir GonzalezLaszlo Gardony 2019Yoko Kawata
Debo Ray 2020Leo Blanco 2023Yoko Miwa
2019, 2020
Dennis Montgomery III 2023Leo Genovese 2019Yoron Israel
Dominique Eade 2017, 2018Mark Copeland 2018Youngchae Jeong
Ebinho Cardoso 2020Mark WalkerYuki Monolog Kanesaka 2018
Fabio Rojas 2023
Newton Mayor Fuller introducing Newton Piano Summit 2023
Newton Mayor Fuller State of the City Address singles out Summit as exemplary Arts in the City

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