About Chris Cuvier
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 is currently the full-time musical director for Messiah Lutheran Church in East Setauket, where he plays piano and keyboards, and leads several worship choirs. He is also the keyboardist for the Amber Ferrari Band, a popular rock band in the Long Island-New York City area which, in addition to performing original songs, is also known for three tribute projects: Joplin’s Pearl (the music of Janis Joplin), Material Girl (Madonna), and Benatar (Pat Benatar).
In 2019, the legendary jazz pianist and Hollywood studio musician Bill Mays recorded one of Chris’s compositions (“Mays In The Mirror,” written as a personal tribute) on his album “Mays Plays Mays,” featuring his trio with fellow jazz greats, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Matt Wilson.
Chris’s own 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 performed across the club and festival circuit, made appearances on television, and produced a self-titled CD.
Chris has performed with numerous jazz big bands and theatrical pit bands, and as a vocal accompanist and musical director. As a solo pianist, he also has provided tasteful musical backgrounds for weddings, cocktail hours, and private events.
As an instructor, Chris works with students of all ages and levels (beginner to advanced to professional) to achieve their musical goals in many areas of study, including classical piano, jazz improvisation, songwriting, and pop and rock styles.