Stuart Isacoff

Lecturer in Dance
(BFA and MFA Music Seminar)

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Stuart Isacoff is a pianist, composer, and writer, and was the founding editor of the magazine Piano Today.


Mr. Isacoff is the author of the highly acclaimed Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization (Knopf/Vintage in the U.S.) and of the forthcoming A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between (Knopf), to be published in November of 2011. A winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and many music periodicals.


In 2012, he will be a Visiting Fellow at the prestigious National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Mr. Isacoff has given lectures and piano performances at many venues here and abroad, including The New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Music at Menlo, The Verbier Festival and Academy, the Miami Piano Festival, The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, The September Music Festival (Torino), The Portland Piano Festival, the Van Cliburn Piano Institute, and others, and at such scientific institutions as the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Bradbury Science Museum and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

His piano recitals often combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, demonstrating the threads that connect musical works created centuries and continents apart. In addition to obtaining degrees in both Philosophy and Music Composition, Mr. Isacoff was a private piano student of jazz great Sir Roland Hanna, has taught improvisation on the college level, was music director of the dance division for the Brooklyn College summer arts program in Stockbridge, MA, and worked as a composer and accompanist for Dance June Lewis and Company.

In addition to teaching the music seminars for dancers, Mr. Isacoff teaches graduate seminars in improvisation for classical musicians, writing about music and the philosophy of music, as well as the survey course in the history of Western music at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music.

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