2017 Artist Faculty





REBECCA PENNEYS, Founder Director

"A sensational effect was created by the playing of Rebecca Penneys. She is a genius of the piano".....Express Wiezcory, Warsaw, Poland

Rebecca's career as an international performer, pedagogue and Steinway Artist spans seven decades. Completing 37 years teaching, she is now Professor Ermita of Piano at Eastman School of Music. Her mentors include Aube Tzerko, Gyorgy Sebok, Menahem Pressler, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein and Leonard Stein. A devoted teacher, her alumni are successful professionals on every continent. READ MORE





"Alan Chow is a pianist without fear, and his horizons are vast.  His recital was a knockout!"......Los Angeles Daily News


Acclaimed for his elegant poetry and virtuosic fire Alan Chow, Steinway Artist is Professor of Piano at Northwestern University. First Prize winner of many international piano competitions, he has performed from coast to coast in 45 states and in major music centers of the world. Professor Chow regularly tours China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. His degrees are from University of Maryland, Juilliard and Indiana University. His mentors include Nelita True, Sascha Gorodnitzki and Menhahem Pressler. He will become a member of the Eastman piano department in September 2017.  READ MORE








"A stunning performance and powerhouse pianism.”......Fanfare Magazine


Canadian born pianist Tannis Gibson is Professor of Piano and Piano Chair at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. She has performed in concert throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and enjoys a wide range of solo and chamber music performances in festivals worldwide. She is in great demand as a collaborative artist. READ MORE







RAY GOTTLIEB, Attention Memory Specialist


We thank you for your outstanding contributions to the science of vision and learning.” ....Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association


Ray Gottlieb is Dean of the College of Syntonic Optometry. One of the leading experts in cognitive learning, he lectures world-wide about Vision Therapy and Stress Point Learning. He has worked with musicians for over twenty years in university and festival settings. He lives and practices in Florida.  READ MORE








“Unusual depth and beauty of interpretation...A complete pianist.” ...The Washington Post


Christopher Harding is Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has taken twenty-five first prizes in national and international competitions. He maintains a huge and flourishing international performance and teaching career generating acclaim and impressing audiences and critics alike with his substantive interpretations and piano mastery.  READ MORE





"Her strengths are an abundance of technique, as well as a beautiful array of pianistic colors."........New York Concert Review


Eunmi has performs throughout North America, Asia, and Oceania as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She is interested in new music and lesser known repertoire. Praised as ‘exceedingly interesting’ her most recent debut recital in the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall she presented works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Liberatore, and Suk. Eunmi received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Eastman School of Music. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of South Florida. READ MORE








"He owns a world of technique - take that for granted. He communicates urgently but with strict control. He is alert to every manner of nuance and at every dynamic level his tone flatters the ear."    .......Los Angeles Times


Professor of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Norman Krieger performs with major orchestras and in recital worldwide. One of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation,he is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. With degrees from Juilliard & New England Conservatory, his teachers include Adele Marcus, Alfred Brendel, Maria Curcio and Russell Sherman. He is a Steinway Artist. READ MORE





STEVEN LAITZ, Theory as Emotion


"The Complete Musician can be recommended wholeheartedly. For theory in context, it's hard to see how it could be bettered."  ....Classical Net


Steven Laitz, music theorist and educator, is chair of Juilliard’s music theory and analysis department. Mr. Laitz is currently designing courses on the web and his book, The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis and Listening (Oxford University Press) has been used at colleges and universities around the country and the world. It is in its third edition. READ MORE






"A most sensitive and brooding performer, with a controlled awesomely intense style" .........The Washington post


Michael Lewin enjoys a distinguished international reputation as concert pianist, recording artist and master teacher. He received his degrees from Juilliard, and studied with Leon Fleisher, Adele Marcus, Yvonne Lefébure and Irwin Freundlich. His career was launched with victories in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in the Netherlands, and the William Kapell International. He teaches at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He was a Grammy in 2014.






"Pianistic fire".......The Charleston Post


Praised by audiences and critics alike for his fresh interpretations and dramatic presentation style, Yoshikazu Nagai performs every season as soloist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and America. Each summer he teaches as many distinguished festivals. Currently he is Professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. READ MORE





"Roberta Rust is a powerhouse of a pianist--one who combines an almost frightening fervor and intensity with impeccable technique and spartan control."  .........New York Times


Roberta Rust is Professor of Piano and Piano Department Head at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University. Born in Texas of American Indian ancestry, Roberta Rust enjoys a vibrant global career as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician. Her acclaimed recordings feature music of Debussy, Haydn, Villa-Lobos, Prokofiev, and contemporary American composers. READ MORE






"In my experience as a composer, I hold Omri Shimron up as the model by which all other collaborators are judged. It was an extremely inspiring experience.".......Composer Christopher Dietz


Omri Shimron is Director of Keyboard Studies at Cal State East Bay (Hayward). His debut solo CD, featuring Rzewski’s 36 Variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” was released in 2014 on the New Focus Records label. He remains active as recitalist, chamber musician, and lecturer on piano music and recently has focused on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. READ MORE





“...a sound wizard of high caliber” .............Esslinger Zeitung, Germany


Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William Kapell International Piano CompetitionSince his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall in 1980, Mr. Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist. He is serves as chair of the Piano Department at Peabody Conservatory





Op.39 Etudes tableaux…essentially recorded in one beginning-to-end take-is ravishing..........Dallas Morning News

Barry Snyder has recorded over fifty CD’s and given concerts and master classes around the world spanning over five decades. Mr. Snyder has been Professor of Piano at Eastman School of Music in New York since 1970. His renowned mentors were  Wilbur Hollman, Vladimir Sokoloff and Cecile Genhart as well as John Celentano and Brooks Smith for chamber music. He will be Ajdunct Professor at NYU starting fall 2017.  READ MORE




“a genius, pure and simple… perhaps, a wizard.” .......Fanfare Magazine

Mayron has performed in almost every state in the continental United States as well as in Canada, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and has appeared with orchestras and chamber ensembles worldwide. She is Associate Professor/Artist Teacher of Piano and Director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Maryland School of Music. READ MORE




“Blanca Uribe gave a dazzling performance of "Iberia" and the work's briskest and most rigorous  scoring clearly held no terrors for her” ............New York Times

Born in Colombia, internationally acclaimed Maestra Blanca Uribe graduated magna cum laude from the Academy of Music in Vienna and Julliard. Her teachers were Richard Hauser, Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. She enjoys a career as recitalist and soloist in worldwide appearing with major orchestras. She has recorded the 32 Beethoven Sonatas & complete Albeniz Iberia Suite. She is Professor of Piano at EAFIT University. READ MORE






“Benjamin’s pieces explore a range of tonalities, textures, moods, and characters, as well as pianistic possibilities…they will be of interest to any serious pianist.”.... Victor Rosenbaum, Professor of Music, New England Conservatory


American pianist, Benjamin Warsaw is Assistant Professor and Piano Chair at Armstrong State University, Savannah, Georgia.  As a solo performer, teacher, chamber musician, and composer, he has performed numerous concerts throughout North America and Europe.  In 2015, Benjamin released his debut recording, “Warsaw plays Warsaw" featuring a cycle of 24 Preludes for piano solo.  READ MORE







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Tabitha Columbare is a pianist, pedagogue, and administrator. She has charmed audiences with recitals in the United States and South America. She is particularly passionate about the use of late-nineteenth-century performance practices as tools for crafting personalized interpretations of well-known pieces. Her research in this area was awarded the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship at the Eastman School of Music. She holds an MM & DMA from Eastman. Tabitha has been the coordinator for RPPF since its inception in 2013.















American pianist Sean Duggan is on the piano faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Father Duggan performed the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works eight times in a series of fifteen recitals entitled Bach On the Threshold of Hope. The series of repeated in Marseilles, France, Rome, Italy and across the United States. Father Duggan is in the midst of recording the complete non organ keyboard works of Bach for commercial release. READ MORE







“Superbly original, quite moving, personal and musically absorbing” .......All Music Guide 


 Svetozar Ivanov is especially recognized for his creative work in designing unusual concert formats combining music with other art forms. He is Associate Professor of Piano at USF, Artist Faculty at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Artistic Director of USF Steinway Piano Series and the International Piano Trio Seminar in Sofia, Bulgaria.  READ MORE






Accomplished pianist and devoted mentor, Yong Hi Moon teaches at Peabody Conservatoy. She has performed throughout Asia, Europe and the USA. A native of South Korea, she is in high demand as a guest master-teacher worldwide. Her teachers include Dieter Weber, Mario Curio,  Gyorgy Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and Fu Song. They remain an inspiration to her.  READ MORE








"Impeccable technique and musicality. It would be hard to imagine better performances." ...........Sunday Times (London) 


Irish pianist John O'Conor has earned a word-wide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires. He is Professor of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Distinguished Visiting Artist and Professor of Piano at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia, Visiting Professor at the Showa University of Music in Japan, and has just joined the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. READ MORE









Thomas Schumacher’s career as performer and teacher spans more than six decades. He has appeared extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Currently Professor Emeritus at Eastman School of Music, he is also Visiting Professor at Shenyang Conservatory in China. He received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He regularly performs and teaches in the USA, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Argentina.  READ MORE







“Logic and expressive beauty that can compete with the best performances"......American Record Guide


A native of Moscow, Russia, Dmitri Shteinberg has appeared across North America, Germany, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Bulgaria and Israel. He is a prizewinner in twenty competitions worldwide, including the first prize in ''Citta de Senigallia'' international piano competition in Italy. Dmitri frequently gives concert-lectures and he plays harpsichord and period pianos. He is an Artist-Teacher at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC.  READ MORE






Enrico Elisi, Howard Na, and Johnandrew Slominski






"The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is a gem of a music festival. The faculty is first class and the facilities exceptional. Perhaps the very best thing about the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is Rebecca Penneys herself. Here is an artist of great depth and originality, and a teacher of uncommon perception and great sensitivity to her students. She is able to truly teach pianists how to tap into the real sources of music making and instrumental playing. These students are very fortunate indeed! I wish this very special festival every success in the years to come."......Daniel Schene, Professor and Director of Keyboard Studies, Webster University













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