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Piano Area Events

Piano Masterclass
PAC Artist Shai Wosner giving a piano masterclass.

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music Piano Department maintains an ambitious schedule of guest artists and masterclasses and enjoys a collaborative relationship with the UGA Performing Arts Center whose world-class visiting performers frequently give presentations for our students.

2021-2022 Masterclass Artists include:

  • Pianists: Jonathan Biss, Joseph Kalichstein, Eunmi Ko, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Daniel Shapiro, Kwan Yi
  • Composer: Lowell Liebermann (Chamber Music Athens composer-in-residence)


UGA piano students and faculty at Steinway Hall
UGA piano students and faculty at Steinway Hall in New York City in 2019

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music is an all-Steinway school, and the Piano Department enjoys a close collaboration with Steinway. Since 2019, several piano students have received the opportunity to share a recital at Steinway Hall in New York City, and we look forward to resuming this collaboration when pandemic conditions allow. 

Undergraduate students receive special consideration for masterclasses and other opportunities. Additionally, in 2021, the piano area held the inaugural Robert G. Edge Undergraduate Piano Competition. Distinguished guest judge, Dr. Michael Mizrahi, selected three award winners and two honorable mentions. All five students received cash awards, and the honorable mention recipients participated in a masterclass with Dr. Mizrahi.

The Piano Area also hosts the FREE annual UGA Piano Symposium, which features renowned presenters with a special focus on preparing students for successful performances in recitals, festivals, and competitions. In addition to lectures and masterclasses, the symposium often includes live teaching demonstrations with typical students at different stages of development. The 2022 Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, starting at 10am in Edge Hall, with featured presenter Dr. Lesley McAllister (Baylor University). Please contact Dr. Grace Huang for more information.

The annual Chamber Music Athens festival presents ample opportunities for piano students to collaborate in chamber music ensembles, enjoy masterclasses with world-class musicians, and perform in showcase recitals.

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