Bill Gerhardt

Bill Gerhardt is a composer, pianist, educator, and artist in residence at Snaggy Mountain Musicians Retreat near Asheville, North Carolina.

Born March 10th 1962 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Surrounded by a family of artists, writers and musicians, it was natural that he would devote his life to music. At age nine he began studying with Mary Travis, then with Herb Drury in Saint Louis. He attended University of North Texas but left after one and a half years to perform on the road.

Gerhardt's travels eventually led him to become an expatriate and he made Amsterdam his home for a decade. He has performed on four continents with some of the most gifted musicians on the planet. Upon returning to the USA, he lived in NYC for five years before relocating to Asheville, North Carolina. He was co-founder and Vice President of the non profit Jazz Composers Forum from 2001-2009.

Bill has performed or recorded with many diverse artists such as Sheila Jordan, Billy Hart, Dave Douglas, David Liebman, Ben Allison, Benny Bailey, Jeff Ballard, Leonard Gaskin, Tom Harrell, Billy Higgins, Francois Moutin, Tony Moreno, Joe Locke, Ingrid Jensen, George Mraz, Idris Muhammad, Emily Remler, Roswell Rudd, Gary Thomas, Ron Horton, Michael Blake, Tony Malaby, Marc Mommaas, and Steve Wilson.

As a composer, Gerhardt has always written from early childhood. It wasn't until he co-led a band in Charlotte, NC that his gift for writing began to take the forefront. In 1988 he was awarded prizes at Down Beat Magazine's Musicfest.

His work is documented on recordings available on many independent labels including four releases for SteepleChase in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Bill Gerhardt is a wonderful pianist. Not only is he a great soloist and composer, he sure knows how to accompany a singer!” - Sheila Jordan