Monday, April 24, 2017

Eric Zuber Appointed to The L. Rexford Whiddon Visiting Chair in Piano

The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Zuber as The L. Rexford Whiddon Visiting Chair in Piano, beginning August, 2017. Mr. Zuber, a distinguished concert artist and pedagogue, will join The Jack and JoRhee Pezold Division of Keyboard Studies, the first fully endowed division within the Schwob School and a program of distinction that attracts undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. 

Hailed as an "irresistibly fluid" and "illuminating" pianist by the New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Eric Zuber has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism.

Mr. Zuber rose to international acclaim in 2007 after winning the Gold Medal in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. More prizes followed shortly thereafter in Seoul and Sydney in 2008, Dublin in 2009, at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master and Cleveland International Piano Competitions in 2011, at Honens in 2012, and ending with another Gold Medal at the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition in 2013. For these and many other remarkable achievements, he was awarded the Arthur Rubinstein Prize by The Juilliard School, and has also been a two-time recipient of the Gina Bachauer Prize at Juilliard.

Mr. Zuber has made solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Severance Hall and for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City.  After making his orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with many of the major orchestras in the United States and abroad including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Korean Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, and Ireland's RTE National Symphony Orchestra. His collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists include performances with Lewis Kaplan, Paul Huang, Amir Eldan, Charlie Neidich, Joseph Silverstein, Gerard Schwartz, Johannes Moser, and Amanda Roocroft.

In addition to a busy solo and collaborative career, Mr. Zuber is devoted to teaching the next generation of pianistic talent. He is currently serving as Visiting Professor of Piano Performance at Ball State University in Indiana, and has been Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis' Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and Faculty Associate at the Peabody Institute. Mr. Zuber has given masterclasses in the United States at Oklahoma University, Ohio University, Bard College, Shenandoah University and Lawrence University. Internationally, he has taught in China at the Bowdoin/Xian International Music Festival, and in Korea at Yeonsei University and for the Korean Steinway Society. This summer he will join the faculty of Music Fest Perugia in Italy.

Mr. Zuber holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M).  His major teachers have been Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald.  He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Peabody. 


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