Chris Cuvier has been a professional pianist and composer since 1993, and a piano teacher since 1998. He graduated with a B.A. in music and English from Dowling College, and has studied with the world-renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch.
Chris’s band, The Blur Division, for which he functions as pianist/keyboardist/composer, won the Best Jazz Band award in the sole year of the existence of the Long Island Music Awards (at the time the band was called Tempus Fugit), and also has served as the opening act for such jazz luminaries as Christian McBride and Larry Coryell. The band has also made appearances on television and spanning the club and festival circuit, and produced a self-titled CD.
Chris regularly performs with various ensembles (such as jazz big bands, theatrical pit bands, and rock bands) and as a vocal accompanist. He also provides tasteful musical backgrounds for weddings, cocktail hours, and private events. Chris is the full-time musical director for Messiah Lutheran Church in East Setauket, where he plays piano and organ, and leads several worship choirs.
As an instructor, he works with students of all ages and levels (beginner to advanced to professional) to achieve their musical goals. Chris is well-versed in NYSSMA preparation and many areas of study, including classical piano, jazz improvisation, and pop and rock styles.
Instruments: piano, keyboard