Deborah Nemko is Professor of Music at Bridgewater State University and faculty member of New England Conservatory’s Piano Preparatory and Continuing Education Program. She currently serves as Board Member for Performance for the National College Music Society. She is a frequent guest artist clinician for the piano seminars at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Program and presented lecture recitals nationally and internationally on the music of Tania Leon, Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, Henriette Bosmans and Grazyna Bacewicz. She is a frequent guest artist and presenter and, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Design Institute-Paris in the Schola Cantorum in Paris presented a program entitled “Le Corbusier and Xenakis’s Methods of Composition and Rhythmic Structures, Spanning Between Architecture and Music” with University of Pennsylvania faculty. 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, her students have also presented nationally as well as received Bridgewater State University research grants. In addition, Dr. Nemko’s students have performed in Belgium, Japan, Italy, and the United States in music festivals and competitions.
Deborah Nemko was recently named a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands for 2014-2015 for her project, “Suppressed and Forgotten Dutch Composers of World War II.” She regularly appears in concert throughout the United States and abroad as soloist and collaborative artist. Dr. Nemko has performed in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall as well as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, China. Reviews of her playing reflect that “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 describe her “beautiful and incisive playing” Tucson Citizen. Dr. Nemko has given master classes and workshops in Taipei, 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 Japanese musicians in the beautiful concert hall of Ina City, Japan.
Deborah Nemko is much in demand as a faculty member in international music festivals including the Grumo International Music Festival and International Piano Master Classes in Belgium.
Her teachers include Joel Shapiro, Eckhart Sellheim and Robert Roux. Deborah Nemko received her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of noted concert pianist, Dr. Nohema Fernandez.