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The Preparatory Piano Department welcomes students of all ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced. Beginners and young students will begin with our Piano Enrichment classes. More advanced students are encouraged to audition for the Peabody Piano Academy, our most selective program for talented and motivated piano students.

The Piano Department offers several ways for students to enrich their education, including studio recitals, repertoire classes, master classes with guest artists, and the Music Certificate Program.

The Peabody piano faculty are a group of highly experienced pianist-teachers, several of whom are also busy as performers and recording artists. Whether you are just getting started, or have aspirations to be a performer, this is the place to be.

Piano is offered at our Baltimore, Annapolis, and Towson branches. All piano students must have an acoustic piano for practice. Electronic pianos and keyboards are not considered a good substitute.

Peabody Piano Week

July 14-19, 2019
Peabody Piano Week is an intensive week-long festival for piano students from junior high through college age. Participating students will study with a member of the faculty, attend and perform in master classes, a “Musicianship for Pianists” course, and have daily practice time. Students will be treated to a solo recital by a different member of the faculty each night, and will end the week in a student recital.

Piano Faculty

Chad R. Bowles

Dubbed by Gramophone as "...a superb, confident technician and an intelligent stylist, who doesn’t have to prove anything...", American pianist Chad R. Bowles has performed hundreds of solo recitals across the United States, in Canada, and Europe.

Teodora Adzharova

Teodora Adzharova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and began piano study at age 7. By the time she graduated from High School, she had won both national and international competitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Macedonia and the Czech Republic.

Elizabeth Azcona-Hartmark

BM Eastman School of Music under David Burge; a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music LRSM London and a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music FTCL London.

Soo-Youn Chung

Soo-Youn Chung, a native of Seoul, Korea, began her piano study at the age of five. In her native country, she appeared as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, The following year she performed with Sun-Hwa Symphony Orchestra.

Laura Garvin

Laura Garvin serves as member of the Preparatory Piano Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance and a Master of Arts degree in music history/performance from the New Jersey City State University.

Douglas Heist

BM Wheaton College; MM and DMA Peabody Conservatory. Heist has formerly served on the faculties of Dundalk Community College and Towson University.

Irina Kaplan Lande

Irina Kaplan Lande, now in her 20th year on the piano faculty, was trained in the famous tradition of piano playing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

Amelia Killian

BM and MM Peabody Conservatory. As a student, Killian was a winner in the Peabody Concours as well as the recipient of several scholarships.

Kimberly Kong

Korean-American pianist, Kimberly Kong, first attracted public attention at the age of 9 with her successful debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Hyun-Sook Park

Hyun-Sook Park earned the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Ellen Mack.

Marianna Prjevalskaya

Praised by critics as “a grand pianist” (Il Cit tadino, Italy) and a “master of piano” (Music Magazine ‘Auditorium’, Korea), Marianna Prjevalskaya performs as a recitalist and concerto soloist, and captivates audiences with emotional intensity, maturity, richness and beauty of tone.

Catherine Renggli

BM Oberlin Conservatory; MM Northwestern University. Renggli has won numerous awards, including the opportunity to perform at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra, a National Federation of Music Clubs scholarship, and the top prize in the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Piano Competition.

Soyoung Ryoo

An accomplished piano instructor with 20 years of teaching experience, Soyoung Ryoo has taught students of all ages and levels, in college and secondary schools as well as in her private studio.

Mary Elizabeth Stephenson

Pianist Mary Elizabeth Stephenson holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. She made her professional debut in 1977 at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York as the winner of the International Concert Artist Guild piano competition.

Min-Chi Wu-Phillips

BM Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; MM Peabody Conservatory. Wu-Phillips has studied with Julian Martin, James Tocco, Ann Schein, Leon Fleisher, and Geogy Sebok.