Curtis Institute of Music

Jonathan Biss

Title:Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies
Jonathan Biss has appeared as soloist with the world's foremost orchestras--including the New York Philharmonic; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Philharmonia, and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras; and the Chicago, Boston, London, and NHK symphony orchestras--and has given recitals in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Théatre du Chatelet, and the Berliner Philharmonie.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mr. Biss has collaborated with many of today's finest players, including Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Midori, Mark Padmore, the Elias String Quartet, and Miriam Fried. He is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, among other honors.
Mr. Biss is recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for Onyx Classics and previously made four CDs for EMI Classics, as well as one for Wigmore Hall Live. He is also a prolific writer and is the first classical musician to publish two Kindle Singles, A Pianist Under the Influence and Beethoven’s Shadow.
He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Biss joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011, where he holds the Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies.
In 2013 Mr. Biss taught the Curtis-Coursera course Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas which was the first of its kind collaboration with a classical musician and had an enrollment of over 35,000 students.

The Juilliard School

Joseph Kalichstein 

College Division: Piano, Chamber Music

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel
Winner, Leventritt International Piano Competition, 1969. Has appeared with many of the world's major orchestras, including Berlin, London, Boston, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; Cleveland Orchestra; New York Philharmonic, and London Symphony. Solo recitals and chamber appearances in annual tours of Europe, North America, the Far East, and Australia. Regular appearances at La Jolla, Aspen, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, and Verbier summer festivals. Recordings for Audiofon, Erato, Koch International, Nimbus, RCA, and Vanguard. Founding member (1977) of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which was named 2002 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. Chamber music consultant, Kennedy Center, since 1997. Artistic director, Fortas Chamber Music Concerts at the Kennedy Center.
Degrees and Studies 
Studies in Israel with Joshua Shor. B.S., 1967; M.S., 1969, The Juilliard School; studies with Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos. Summer studies with Vladimir Ashkenazy, 1969.
The Juilliard School
Piano Faculty since 1983; Edwin S. and Nancy A. Marks Chair in Chamber Music Studies since 2003.

New England Conservatory

Bruce Brubaker

Bruce Brubaker joined the New England Conservatory faculty as piano chair in 2005. In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, from Paris to Hong Kong, and in his continuing series of recordings for Arabesque—Bruce Brubaker is a visionary virtuoso. Named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America, Bruce Brubaker performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philip Glass on the BBC. Profiled on NBC’s "Today" show, Brubaker’s playing, writing, and collaborations continue to show a shining, and sometimes surprising future for pianists and piano playing. His blog “PianoMorphosis” appears at ArtsJournal.com.
Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post critic Tim Page has said: “I wouldn't trade Pollini, Argerich, Richard Goode, Peter Serkin or Bruce Brubaker (to mention a terrific younger artist) for any handful of Horowitzes!” Brubaker was presented by Carnegie Hall at Zankel Hall in New York, at Trifolion in Echternach, at Michigan’s Gilmore Festival, and at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, as the opening-night performer in the museum’s acclaimed new Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building. He is a frequent performer at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge.
Bruce Brubaker’s CDs for Arabesque include Time Curve (music by Philip Glass and William Duckworth), Hope Street Tunnel Blues (music by Glass and Alvin Curran, featuring Brubaker’s transcription of a portion of Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach), Inner Cities(including a live recording of John Adams’s Phrygian Gates and Brubaker’s transcription of part of Adams’s opera Nixon in China), and the first CD in the series, glass cage, named one of the best releases of the year by The New Yorker magazine.
Brubaker has premiered works by Glass, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and John Cage. He performed at Sanders Theater in collaboration with Cage during the composer's tenure as Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard University. Of Brubaker's playing at a later recital at Harvard, The Boston Globe wrote: “A big-toned, brainy, firebrand kind of music making that made you think of—dare one say this?—Rudolf Serkin.”
Following his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Brubaker was awarded a solo artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His London debut at the Wigmore Hall led to his first broadcast concert on the BBC, an all-Brahms recital. Brubaker has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, London’s Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Finland’s Kuhmo Festival.
Bruce Brubaker has appeared on RAI in Italy and is featured in the documentary film about the Juilliard School, made for the PBS “American Masters Series.” As a member of Affiliate Artists Xerox Pianists Program, he presented residencies and performed with orchestras throughout the United States.
At NEC, in addition to his teaching duties, Brubaker has coordinated schoolwide celebrations of the music of Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, Messiaen, Mozart, Schuller, Scriabin, and Shostakovich that have included performers outside the piano department, as well as Preparatory students performing alongside College piano majors. Under Brubaker's guidance, the weekly Piano Seminar has exposed piano majors and curious members of the public to a wide range of performers and thinkers.
Brubaker has given masterclasses and forums at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Columbia University, Leipzig’s Hochschüle für Musik, the école Normale in Paris, Ghent’s Orpheus Instituut, North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Brubaker's articles about music have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today,Piano Quarterly, Dutch Journal of Music Theory, and Chamber Music magazine. He was co-editor and a contributor to Pianist, Scholar, Connoisseur: Essays in Honor of Jacob Lateiner (Pendragon Press, 2000), a collection paying homage to his former teacher. His essay “Time Is Time” appears in Unfolding Time (2009), available in the U.S. from Cornell University Press. He presented the closing recital in Harvard University’s Crosscurrents conference in 2008. He is the U.S. representative for "Behind the Music: The Performer as Researcher," a research initiative based in Australia.
Prior to coming to NEC, Brubaker was the creator in 2000–2001 of “B-A-C-H,” a six-concert series in New York examining the connections between J. S. Bach and the composers who followed him. The previous year, at the turn of the millennium, he organized “Piano Century,” in which 100 pianists performed 101 twentieth-century pieces in eleven concerts. In 2004, Brubaker created and performed Pianomorphosis, a 70-minute multidisciplinary performance piece for the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. Brubaker's performance piece Haydnseek, was created together with Nico Muhly. Brubaker is the founder and artistic director of the chamber music festival SummerMusic in his native Iowa.
Well known in the music profession as an identifier and nurturer of musical talent, Brubaker's students have won major international competitions and prizes, and built recording and performing careers throughout the world.



1. A Prelude and Fugue by J. S. Bach from the Well-Tempered Clavier 
2. A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, or Beethoven, excluding Haydn juvenilia or Mozart K. 545 or Beethoven op. 49 & 79 
3. A complete work of a 19th-century composer 
4. One piece or single movement by a contemporary composer 
5. An etude of virtuosity at the level of those by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky or Ligeti



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