Piano

BU School of Music offers the best of both worlds: an immersive music program and the diverse opportunities of a major research university. So dive deep. Be transformed not only as an artist but as a leader, entrepreneur, advocate, and thinker.

Piano study at Boston University is designed to inspire and prepare young artists for the exciting and varied opportunities that await them in today’s musical world. Be a part of a rich pianistic tradition, represented historically by great artists associated with Artur Schnabel, Isabelle Vengerova, Grigory Ginzburg, Heinrich Neuhaus, Claudio Arrau, Bela Nagy, and others. This tradition continues today, with the faculty strongly representing the German, Polish, Italian, and Russian schools of piano artistry.


Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music
    in Performance, Music Education, Composition & Theory, or Musicology
  • Master of Music
  • Performance Diploma
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Artist Diploma

By the numbers

22
Undergraduate Piano Majors
53
Graduate Piano Majors
5
Piano Faculty Members
160
Pianos at BU

Faculty


Curriculum

In keeping with its long history of world class instruction, the piano department offers BM, MM, DMA degrees in Piano Performance, as well as the Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma. Our graduate students hail from the best universities and conservatories around the world.

At BU, discover and foster your goals and strengths working closely with one of our internationally recognized faculty-artists who guides your pianistic development.

Sit down at one of our 160 pianos and let our 119 state-of-the-art practice rooms be your laboratory to learn repertoire, build technique, and experiment musically. Fortify ideas and test yourself through our ample performance opportunities in both formal and informal settings.

Undergraduate piano students can participate in the Piano Forum, in which recitals, conversations, and special events take place

BU School of Music is dedicated to the study of chamber music at all levels. Our program instills in students the professional skills and entrepreneurial spirit necessary to have chamber music be a meaningful part of their careers. Chamber music and collaborative projects are strongly encouraged by the Piano Department, both within the School of Music as well as throughout the university.

We offer and recommend our highly innovative piano pedagogy courses. Upon completion of two of these courses, students have an opportunity to be selected for practical experience teaching students at BU. In addition, several BU piano students have performed and gained coached teaching experience at Boston University Tanglewood Insititute (BUTI). BUTI is associated with the Tanglewood Music Festival in the lovely Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. The Young Artists Piano Program takes place for 6 weeks each summer.


Performance Opportunities

With over 400 performances per year at the School of Music alone you will always be just a few steps from taking the stage.

In addition to individual private lessons, students participate in studio activities, perform in recitals and masterclasses, and also have the opportunity to compete in the annual BU Concerto Competition, several award winners of which have been invited to perform with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. In addition, our highly-competitive Richmond Competition, which is only open to BU piano students, offers a prize of $8000 and a prestigious appearance at the Tsai Performing Arts Center. Piano students are also active with the esteemed Boston University Center for Beethoven Research.

And don’t forget: this is Boston, a city where music matters. Our piano students are provided an exciting array of opportunities and having access to all that Boston offers means that students have an endless supply of musical events and inspiration right outside their door!

Recent Masterclasses

Play for an exciting roster of guest artists. In recent years, the piano program has had visitors such as:

  • Menachem Pressler
  • Choong Mo Kang
  • Anton Nel
  • Douglas Humphreys
  • John Perry
  • Robert Levin
  • James Giles
  • Ian Hobson
  • Asaf Zohar
  • Janice Weber
  • Dmitry Rachmanov
  • Paul Barnes
  • John O’Connor
  • And many others!

View all of the upcoming piano masterclasses here.


Other Opportunities

  • In addition to events on and around campus, the artist-faculty is extremely active with summer festivals, including Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Szechuan International Piano Festival, and the San Juan International Piano Festival. BU students have long participated in those summer festivals, as well as others facilitated by BU faculty in Russia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, and China.
  • Five-year program in Bachelor of Music, Performance and Master of Music, Education. Official admission to the program occurs during the sophomore year, but students can begin adding music education courses gradually to the performance degree program starting in the freshman year.
  • An exciting and unique opportunity to study for a semester with the Royal College of Music in London, England through BU Study Abroad.
  • Arts Administration Certificate program, through the BU Metropolitan College, offers courses for graduate students interested in futures in arts leadership and administration.
  • Cross-curricular opportunities in the College of Fine Arts, including the Arts Leadership Minor, and access to the greater University’s liberal arts courses.

Notable Alumni

Recent graduates of BU have won major awards at the Hamamatsu, Jaen, Dallas and Moscow Liszt international piano competitions. Our students perform worldwide in festivals and concerts and have gone on in recent years to be on the piano faculty of such institutions as Beijing Normal University, China Conservatory, Seoul National University, Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and other universities in the US and abroad.

  • Anna Arazi (DMA ‘15)
    Prize winner of the 2015 Dallas International Piano Competition (Third Prize), the American Protege 2014 (Second Prize).
  • Leon Bernsdorf (BM ‘14, MM ‘16)
    Third Prize at the Fourteenth Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition.
  • Lucy Chen (MM ‘11 DMA ‘15)
    Assistant Professor of Piano at Edward Waters College. Founder, Keys on Parade group piano program, a quality, tuition-free group piano program serving underrepresented students in the Jacksonville urban core.
  • Heeyeon Chi (DMA ‘16)
    Faculty New England Conservatory Prep. Prizes at International Keyboard Odyssiad Festival & Competition, Brandshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Canadian Music Competition, Burnaby Clef Society Competition, and Burnaby Concerto Competition. Guest artist at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Program
  • Raquel Gorgojo (DMA ‘14)
    Piano faculty Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca
  • Baekyu Kim (DMA ‘13)
    Recitalist. Performed at Salle Cortot in Paris, Lille, and Strasburg in France, Freiburg and karlsruhe in Germany, the Sejong Art Center and YoungSan Art Center in Seoul, Kangwon University and the Mozart Hall in Korea. Winner 2008 Special Presentation Award from the Artists International Competition. 2009 Carnegie Hall debut.
  • Minjung Kim (DMA ‘15)
    2nd prize, 2014 American Protégé International Music Competition, Performed at Weill Recital Hall
  • Alexia Mouza (AD ‘15)
    First Prize at the International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg, Madrid (2015), Third Prize at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2015) and the Prize of the Academy of Athens (2015).
  • Moises Fernandez Via (PD ‘11)
    Founder Arts | Lab @ BUMC. Winner, Scarlatti International Piano Competition, Naples.
  • Benjamin Warsaw (DMA ‘11)
    Assistant Professor at Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA. Former faculty at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Blue Lake Fine Arts, Chautauqua Institution, and is currently on faculty at Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival.
  • Thomas Weaver (BM ’13)
    Faculty – Core Studies, Keyboard Studies, Supplementary Piano at Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.