Pennsylvania native Billy Test began playing piano when he was seven years old. His piano playing draws on a wide variety of styles and influences. Beginning as a classical pianist, Test devoured tons of music, looking to enrich his playing. Following in the footsteps of other pianists like Bill Evans, Fred Hersch, and Richie Beirach, Test’s music shows strong influences of classical music while displaying roots in the history of jazz.
Test is a summa cum laude graduate of William Paterson University, where he completed dual degrees in Jazz Piano Performance and Classical Piano Performance. While at WPUNJ, he studied with Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, Armen Donelian, James Weidman, and Gary Kirkpatrick. Test toured China with the school's music program in the fall of 2009, performing and teaching throughout the country with fellow students and professors. In the fall of 2010 Test won the first concerto competition in the university's history, in turn performing Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto with the William Paterson Orchestra in the spring of 2011. He received numerous awards for his scholarship and musicianship, as well as special recognition for his thesis work on the evolution of modern jazz piano. Test's other teachers have included Fred Hersch, Frank Kimbrough, Jean-Michel Pilc, Marc Mommaas, and classical piano legend Sophia Rosoff. Test recently completed his master’s degree at The Manhattan School of Music. Through the school, Test has performed with Dave Liebman, Matt Wilson, Tim Hagans, Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, and Bob Belden, as well as performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center. His teachers at the school included Garry Dial, Phil Markowitz, Jim McNeely, and Lisa Yui.
Billy has performed and/or recorded with Leon Parker, Ugonna Okegwo, Joel Frahm, Joe Magnarelli, Rich Perry, Boris Kozlov, Sheila Jordan, Marion Cowings, Tim Horner, Tony Moreno, Marc Mommas, Bill Goodwin, Steve LaSpina, Todd Coolman, Jay Leonhart, Adam Neiwood, Billy Drummond, Jerry Bergonzi, Dennis Mackrel, and Giacomo Gates, among others. He is an Artist in Residence at 12 Mile West Theater Company, a Professional Equity Theatre Company in Rutherford, New Jersey. Billy has been featured in numerous solo piano residencies at the Kitano, and his current quartet project has performed at the Kitano and the Deer Head Inn. He received an honorable mention prize in the 2011 Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Nottingham International Solo Jazz Piano Competition. Test was accepted as a member of the Betty Carter Institute at the Kennedy Center in the spring of 2014. In the fall of 2014, Billy participated in the Abdullah Ibrahim Masterclass at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2015, Test participated in the Steans Institute for Jazz at Ravinia, under the direction of Rufus Reid, Nathan Davis, and Billy Childs. He teaches piano at the New York Jazz Workshop, and is on faculty the Manhattan School of Music Precollege where he teaches Ear Training, Theory, and coaches an ensemble. Test has been a guest teacher/clinician at Slippery Rock University, Penn State University, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
From the spring of 2012 to the summer of 2013, Billy was the accompanist for Essential Voices USA under the direction of Judith Clurman. The choir is in residence at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space, and also with the New York Pops Orchestra. His work with the choir created collaborations with Stephen Schwartz, Paul Shoenfield, Larry Hochman, and Joshua Schmidt, among others. Test is featured on Clurman’s CD, Celebrating the American Spirit, accompanying singer/broadway star Ron Raines in addition to a piano solo. The recording was the featured story in classical music on NPR on inauguration day, 2012, and has received countless other rave reviews. In April of 2012, Test made his Carnegie Hall Debut under the baton of Judith Clurman at the New York Pop’s Stephen Schwartz birthday celebration, accompanying the New York premier of “Testimony."
Test is also an in-demand blues musician, frequently performing with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jaimoe, one of the original founding drummers of the legendary Allman Brother’s Band. Test can be found performing with Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, as well as Grammy Nominee Jr. Mack, Michael Hill, and Clarence Spady.
Test has performed at some of the leading music venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall (NYC, NY), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Merkin Concert Hall (NYC, NY), The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (NYC, NY), Birdland (NYC, NY), The Kitano (NYC, NY), Mezzrow (NYC, NY), Smalls (NYC, NY), 55 Bar (NYC, NY), Zinc Bar (NYC, NY), Smoke Jazz Club (NYC, NY), The Deer Head Inn (Delaware Water Gap, PA), Chris’s Jazz Café (Philadelphia, PA), Trumpet’s Jazz Club (Montclair, NJ), Smoke Jazz Club (NYC, NY), Terra Blues (NYC, NY), Villanova Jazz Festival (Villanova, PA), Pittsfield Jazz Festival (Pittsfield, MA), Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival (Bellefonte, PA), King Biscuit Blues Festival (Helena, AR), Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL), and Peach Fest (Scranton, PA).

For performance, clinic, or teaching inquiries, please contact Billy at billytest@billytest.com.