Uri Caine (born June 8, 1956 in Philadelphia) is a Jewish American classical and jazz pianist and composer.

Caine began playing piano at seven and studied with French jazz pianist Bernard Peiffer at 12. He later studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he came under the tutelage of George Crumb. He also gained a greater familiarity with classical music in this period and worked at clubs in Philadelphia.

He played professionally after 1981, and by 1985 had his recording debut with the Rochester-Gerald Veasley band. In the 1980s he moved to New York City where he lives now. He also appeared on a klezmer album with Mickey Katz and played with modern jazz musicians Don Byron and Dave Douglas.

Caine, who has recorded 16 albums, is celebrated for his eclectic and inventive interpretations of the classical repertoire. His 1997 jazz tribute to Gustav Mahler received an award from the German Mahler Society, while outraging some jury members.[1] Caine has also reworked Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, as well as Wagner, Schumann and Mozart.

In 2001 he teamed up with drummer Zach Danziger to conceive an original project fusing live jungle and drum'n'bass beats with fusion jazz called "Uri Caine Bedrock 3", they have toured worldwide including a New York based Dj called Dj Olive. Also in 2001 he released with Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drum player with internationally acclaimed hip hop band The Roots), and Christian McBride an eclectic album called The Philadelphia Experiment which contains jazz, funk, instrumental hip hop and jazz fusion. This album was produced by Aaron Levinson, and features collaborations such as Pat Martino on guitar and Jon Swana on trumpet. In 2006 he recorded an album of John Zorn's Masada compositions - Moloch: Book of Angels Volume 6. In 2005, Caine was named Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra through the 2008–2009 Season. His father is Burton Caine, a professor at Temple Law School.


  • Sphere Music (1992)
  • Toys (1995)
  • Blue Wail (1997)
  • Nigunim (1998)
  • Urlicht/Primal Light (1998)
  • Keter (1999)
  • Blue Wail (1999)
  • Sidewalks Of New York: Tin Pan Alley (1999)
  • Gustav Mahler In Toblach: I Went Out This Morning Over The Countryside (1999)
  • Love Fugue Robert Schumann (2000)
  • Goldberg Variations (2000)
  • The Philadelphia Experiment (2001)
  • Bedrock (2002)
  • Solitaire (2002)
  • Bedrock 3 (2002)
  • Rio (2002)
  • Diabelli Variations (Ludwig Van Beethoven) (2003)
  • Gustav Mahler: Dark Flame (2004)
  • Live At The Village Vanguard (2004)
  • Shelf Life (2005)
  • Moloch - Book Of Angels Volume 6 (2006)
  • Things (con Paolo Fresu) (2006)
  • Plays Mozart (2007)
  • Classical Variations (2008)

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