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Welcome to the Piano Area
The faculty of the Piano Area of the University of Florida School of Music includes
internationally active faculty who perform, record, and direct international piano
masterclasses at a high-level. Two of the faculty members are Steinway Artists.
Piano students at U.F. come from many countries including Korea, China, Taiwan,
Brazil, Greece, the Czech Republic, Canada and the U.S. and, of course, Florida.
Graduates of the piano program have won prizes in international and national
competitions and have gone on for D.M.A. studies at major schools and to teaching
All piano students receive individual instruction and attention by university
professors and none are taught by graduate assistants.
Many of the piano students have won the University of Florida Concerto-Aria
competition and have performed with the University of Florida Orchestra such
concerti as Tchaikovsky's concerto, Brahms First Concerto, Rachmaninov's
Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Liszt's Totentanz and Second Piano Concerto
There are numerous performance opportunities which include recitals at the beautiful
800- seat University Memorial Auditorium which has a brand new 9-foot Steinway
as well as a 9-foot Bosendofer. Numerous masterclasses are organized for piano
students and have included such artists as Ian Hobson, Jerome Lowenethal, Luiz de
Moura Castro and others.
University of Florida piano students can further participate in such internationally
recognized events as the Paris International Piano Sessions at the Ecole Normale de
Musique Alfred Cortot and at the Prague International Piano Masterclasses which are
organized and taught by the Head of the Piano Area, Professor Boaz Sharon.
Plans are underway for a special Piano Festival for the year 2001 which will include
performances by internationally recognized artists as well as the participation by
students from several top university and conservatory programs from the U.S. and
There are a number of graduate assistantships in Piano Skills, Student Trio and in
accompanying for qualified graduate students working towards the Masters in Piano
Undergraduate piano major scholarships are competitive and can, for exceptional
students, cover close to the full-tuition amount .
Degree programs include the Undergraduate B.M in Piano Performance, the B.M in
Music Education and the B.A with Piano Emphasis. At the Graduate level we offer
the M.M in Piano Performance.