Piano

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s piano department features internationally recognized faculty, attracting talented young musicians from the United States and abroad. The Hodgson School became Georgia's first All-Steinway School in 1996 and boasts outstanding performance and practice facilities with keyboard instruments maintained by two full-time Steinway-trained piano technicians. 

Piano students at the Hodgson School enjoy countless opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, including annual concerto competitions. Students have the opportunity to participate in and collaborate with the Hodgson School's numerous small chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and choirs. 

Additionally, students can gain valuable experience as educators through teaching at UGA's Community Music School and participating in numerous other experiential programs, including international collaborations in remote piano teaching. Scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualifying applicants.

Personnel

Mr. Fung frequently appears at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Queen’s Hall, the Zürich Tonhalle, the Gewandhaus, the Palais des Beaux-Arts and La Monnaie in Brussels, the Louvre Museum, and the major halls in Asia including the Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing Olympic…

Grace Huang teaches undergraduate and graduate pedagogy courses, class piano, and oversees all aspects of the class piano program. Additionally, she owns and operates an independent piano studio in Athens. Prior to her UGA appointment, Dr. Huang was on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she maintained a studio in the…

Dr. Jutras is a frequent presenter at conferences across the country and around the world, and recent presentations include the ISME World Conference and national conferences of CMS, MENC, AERA, and MTNA in locations such as Albuquerque, Atlanta, Beijing, Bologna, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Ottawa, Portland, Thessaloniki,…

Evgeny Rivkin came to the University of Georgia in 1995 as a professor at the School of Music. Before coming to UGA, Rivkin was a professor of piano at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. In addition to presenting master classes worldwide, Rivkin continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States,…

Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, collaborator, and educator. 2019-2020 season highlights include invitations to the Bowdoin Music Festival and Prague Piano Festival, and tours in Canada, Mexico, and across the US at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the…

A native Texan, Martha Thomas holds degrees through the doctorate from the Universities of Texas (BM and DMA) and Wisconsin (MM). Her major piano professors were William Race, Danielle Martin, and Howard Karp, as well as additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival with Lee Luvisi. Thomas has participated in master classes and coached with…