NEC’s piano faculty will give you the skills to develop your artistic potential to the fullest as a performer of works past, present, and future.

As a piano student at the school, you will work with our internationally renowned faculty, and receive lessons from a senior teacher—not from an assistant or surrogate. The traditional private lesson is vital in our curriculum; you will also participate in piano studio classes, master-classes with NEC faculty and such visiting artists as Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, András Schiff, Fou T'song, solo and concerto competitions, and festivals. You will learn by participating in chamber music ensembles and by interacting with colleagues both within and outside the major.

NEC at Piano Competitions

Our students and graduates have won top prizes in the world’s most prestigious competitions (Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky, Leeds, Rubinstein, Cliburn, Liszt, Dublin, Busoni, Kapell, Gilmore, Young Concert Artists), and are trained to meet the highest international standards of piano playing and music making.

Performance Opportunities

LisztomaniaOutside of the studio, you will have many opportunities to listen, learn, and perform. Featuring NEC piano faculty and special guests, weekly piano performance seminars explore listening, looking, learning, and living as a practicing professional pianist. Annually, NEC piano students are presented in a festival that includes performances in NEC's Jordan Hall, along with a year-end Honors Concert in Jordan Hall.

In 2006, NEC piano students performed music by Beethoven and Schoenberg in Jordan Hall in conjunction with James Levine's Beethoven/Schoenberg programs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, about thirty NEC piano majors performed Messiaen's complete Catalogue of the Birds and Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus in Jordan Hall. In 2009, piano students from the College and Preparatory School performed all of Haydn's piano sonatas in a series of concerts at NEC, with an additional series of concerts in Los Angeles. In 2010, a pair of piano department concerts and other performances explored music of Chopin during his bicentennial year. In 2011, the Liszt bicentennial was marked with seven piano department concerts, along with seminars and other performances.

NEC piano faculty shop for Steinways

Read the comments of NEC piano faculty as they explore the qualities that make a piano just right for NEC's Jordan Hall or Williams Hall.

More about piano performance at NEC

Read about the Collaborative Piano major here.

Read about Chamber Music for Pianists here.

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