Associate Professor of Music
Stephanie Brown has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. She has had the honor of performing at the White House. She has appeared with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Brandenburg Ensemble, the New York String Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. She has performed throughout Europe, Central America, and Asia.
Ms. Brown’s teachers include Rudolf Serkin, Leon Fleisher, and Ania Dorfmann at the Juilliard School. She has coached with Alfred Brendel.
Ms. Brown has served as a judge for competitions at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Brown began her teaching career at the Mannes College of Music where she was a member of the piano faculty for ten years. She served as Chair of the Piano Department at Purchase College for ten years, and is currently an Associate Professor at Purchase.
Ms. Brown made her New York debut as a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
The New York Times has called Ms. Brown’s playing “transfixingly beautiful”, and noted that “Ms. Brown is a wonderful pianist indeed, with a sound of her own and a distinctive artistic personality to match.” Regarding a performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Avery Fisher Hall, the Times noted that Ms. Brown’s “fluent finger work was technically flawless.”
The New York Post called her playing “radiant”, and noted that “the breadth, nobility and sparkle of her keyboard work are extraordinary.” The Washington Post wrote that “Stephanie Brown is a pianist with big ideas and a technique to match.”
Ms. Brown has also received praise for her work with fellow pianists. Regarding a performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat, the Times noted that “Yefim Bronfman and Stephanie Brown are both young, talented pianists … and their work together was enchanting.” Concerning a performance of Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos in C Major, the Times noted that “the slow movement, with Miss Brown and Peter Serkin trading off their graceful lines, was a rare pleasure.”
Ms. Brown has toured extensively as a recitalist. In addition to appearances at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the Kennedy Center, she has performed at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Krannert Center in Illinois, the Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kilbourn Hall in Rochester. As part of Ms. Brown’s extensive tours, she has given countless master classes to both piano soloists as well as chamber groups, and has given numerous lecture-demonstrations throughout the United States on various topics associated with the art and technique of piano playing.
Ms. Brown has had a distinguished career as a chamber artist. She has toured nationwide numerous times with Music from Marlboro. She has appeared at the Spoleto Festivals in Italy as well as Charleston, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Caramoor Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Festival and the Grand Teton Festival. She has performed with the Guarneri Quartet, the Galimir Quartet, the Concord Quartet, the Mendelssohn Quartet and the Ridge Quartet. In New York, she has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Museum, Alice Tully Hall, Chamber Music at the Y, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Bargemusic. She has also performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, Dumbarton Oaks, the Boston Chamber Music Society, as well as with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in New York.
Ms. Brown made her recording debut for the Musical Heritage Society with solo works of Brahms and Franck. She recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets on the Vanguard label with Alexander Schneider, Walter Trampler, and Leslie Parnas. Her recording with Jaime Laredo of the complete Schubert works for violin and piano was released on the Dorian label to wide critical acclaim.
For more information on Ms. Brown and to hear audio clips, please visit her website at stephaniebrownpiano.com.
More About Me
There are three overarching principles that are important to me as a teacher. The first is simple: kindness. For me, the ideal relationship between teacher and student is founded on kindness and respect. I am rigorous and demanding in my teaching, and seek to impart the highest musical and technical standards to my students. In my view, this is only possible at the highest level when mutual respect is present.
Secondly, I seek to impart to my students the highest possible technical standards. Students must possess a demonstrably high level of technical mastery in order to achieve freedom of musical expression at the piano. To polish and develop students’ technical skills, I supplement repertoire work with a variety of time-honored technical traditions, including scales, arpeggios, octave, chordal and trill work, and the technical works of Czerny and Dohnanyi, as well as work on Chopin and Liszt etudes.
Thirdly, I believe it is my role to help each student find his or her musical voice at the piano. We become pianists to express something unique and deeply personal to us as musicians and as human beings. It is my role as a teacher to help each student discover and develop that unique voice.
Teaching is the art of passing on tradition. It is my hope that as a teacher I can impart to my students some of the extraordinary lessons I have received from the great masters of the piano with whom I have studied. It is my deep privilege to see my students graduate and go out into the world as committed performers, teachers, festival organizers, recording artists and musical entrepreneurs.