Kevin is an award-winning pianist, musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families. Known as “America’s Pianist”, Mr. Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of American Music. Cole’s performances with orchestras around the world have prompted accolades from some of the foremost critics in America. “A piano genius…he reveals an understanding of harmony, rhythmic complexity and pure show-biz virtuosity that would have had Vladimir Horowitz smiling with envy,” wrote critic Andrew Patner. On Cole’s affinity for Gershwin: “When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work… Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune. Classical Kids is proud and grateful to have the support, knowledge and expertise offered by our good friend, Kevin Cole, in order to create this first-of-its-kind production introducing the life and music of George Gershwin to future generations.