Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation, hailed by theChicago Tribuneas the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which theBoston Globecalls “a virtuosic revelation” and theNew Yorkerdescribes as “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny is a 3-time Grammy Award Nominee and his record,Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was described by theNew York Timesas "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion”. The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named “Album of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. Noam will release his next album, the purely solo endeavor,Universal Favorite, on Rounder Records in March 2017.
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