The mission of the Peabody Piano Department is to guide and inspire promising young musicians toward professional careers as global ambassadors for their art.
The Piano Department at Peabody has a long tradition of excellence dating back to the days of Arthur Friedheim, who was a student of Franz Liszt. Throughout its history, many luminaries have trained our students to become artists as well as fine pianists. That tradition continues to this day, inspired by the eminent Leon Fleisher, who can trace his pedagogical lineage back to Beethoven, as well as by a faculty of world- renowned pianists. We are a faculty of diverse backgrounds and training but are all deeply committed to the development and wellbeing of our students. In addition to passing along our tradition of excellence, we take seriously the responsibility to prepare our students for a wide range of possible futures, which may include teaching at all levels and the performance of traditional and new music, both as solo and collaborative artists. We will also ensure that they develop the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences and the entrepreneurial and technology skills necessary to find their place as 21st century musicians.
Peabody's Piano Department attracts the finest young talent from the nation and the world. Our piano students have won major prizes in such international competitions as the Busoni, Van Cliburn, Hamamatsu, Kapell, Marguerite Long, Montreal, Munich, Naumburg, New Orleans, American Pianists Association, Queen Elisabeth, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, International Chopin, Young Concert Artists, Sendai, Dublin, Hilton Head, San Jose International and San Marino International.
Peabody graduates enjoy global concert careers and many combine performing with teaching at prestigious conservatories, colleges and universities in this country and abroad.
The Peabody Conservatory provides opportunities for pianists to develop their solo and ensemble skills in a wide variety of performance venues both on campus and in the community. Each year the Peabody concert season features about 60 major public concerts by ensembles such as the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Opera Theatre, and Peabody Camerata. Pianists may perform in smaller ensembles ranging from early music ensembles to contemporary and computer music ensembles. They may also participate in the Thursday Noon Series, in master classes, in Opera Workshop, and approximately 500 in-house recitals annually. The Baltimore/Washington area provides a wealth of additional performance opportunities.