Pianist Deborah Nemko has appeared in concert throughout the United States and abroad as soloist and collaborative artist. In 2004 she performed works by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall and recorded Rahbee’s Preludes and Toccatinas on compact disc. Reviews of her playing in the Tucson Citizen stated “if any member of the University of Arizona piano faculty has the range and drama to give Brahms its fullest treatment it is Deborah Nemko” and remarked on her “beautiful and incisive playing”. Nemko has given masterclasses and workshops in Taiwan and was recognized by the Taipei Times with violinist Annegret Klaua for her outreach concert in the remote Taiwanese village of Alisan. In 2007 she performed in a concert entitled “When East Meets West” with fellow Japanese musicians in the beautiful concert hall of Ina City, Japan. In the summer of 2010 she performed music related to architecture for the University of Pennsylvania Design Institute-Paris in the Schola Cantorum in Paris. Recently she released a compact disc recording, The Piano Music of Grazyna Bacewicz. She has collaborated with the Mirin Trio and Trio Fiero. In addition, with Music Viva, the cello-piano duo, she was an artist in residence in Arizona.
Nemko specializes in contemporary music and has performed and presented lecture recitals nationally and internationally on the music of Tania Leon, Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, Henriette Bosmans and Grazyna Bacewicz. She is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Jordan D. Fiore Research in World Justice Award and Bridgewater State University and Faculty and Librarian Grants. Dr. Nemko is an associate professor of music at Bridgewater State University and faculty member of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. She has adjudicated for local and regional piano competitions and is a frequent guest artist clinician for the piano seminars at NEC Prep. In addition, she served on the faculty of the International Masterclasses in Belgium with Madame Diane Anderson. Early in her career she was a participant in the Aspen Music Festival and the Round Top International Festival.
DMA (University of Arizona), studies with Dr. Nohema Fernandez; MM (Arizona State University), studies with Eckhart Sellheim and Robert Roux; BM (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaigne), studies with Joel Schapiro; Manchester University, studies with Gordon Fergus-Thomson.