Artist biography

Elisabeth Pridonoff is internationally known as a pianist and pedagogue and for over three decades was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her students have won many prestigious awards and hold positions at institutions all over the world. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she earned MM degrees in piano with Adele Marcus and Sasha Gorodnitzski and in voice with Hans Heinz and Anna Kaskas.

She was first-place winner of national and international competitions including the Midland-Odessa, Shreveport, El Paso and Oklahoma City Symphony and as a soloist has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, the Illinois Philharmonic, and Graz Festival.  She has given performances and master classes all over the world including the United States at Tully and Merkin Halls in New York, Boston (Baltic Series), the Kennedy Center, Baltimore, Toronto Town Hall, at the Moscow Conservatory, Siena, Rome (by invitation from the U.S. Ambassador), Munich, London, Monterrey (Mexico) at the Sociedad Artistica Technologicao and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Canada, Italy, Spain, Belgium, China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.  Other appearances include NPR's The Sunday Show and St. Paul Sunday with Bill McGlaughlin, the nationally televised CBS Sunday Morning and festival appearances at Chautauqua, San Luis Obispo Mozart, Arcady, Western Arts, Lyric Arts, Shreveport, and Graz. She has adjudicated national and international piano competitions including the Kapell, Virginia Waring, Chicago Symphony, Wideman, and World Piano.

Her students have won prizes in the Second International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, Ukraine (First), Missouri Southern International (first, third, and finalist): Ninth Biennial American Pianists Association National Piano Fellowship Audition (Fellowship Award); Shreveport Wideman (first, second); Midland-Odessa (first); Young Keyboard Artists Association (two seconds); Ibla (Italy) Grand Prize International Piano Competition (third); and the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (second). Her international career also includes performances as part of the Pridonoff Duo with her husband Eugene Pridonoff who were interviewed for a cover story (with cover photo) in Clavier Magazine and later published in China’s Piano Artistry magazine. Formerly Co-Artistic Director of the Prague International Piano Institute she has served on the faculties of International Piano Week of Belgium, the Barcelona Festival, and the Amalfi Festival. She continues to teach at the Brevard Music Festival and now serves as Co-Artistic Director of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Piano Performance (IIASPP), LLC.

With her leadership roles as President of the Wyoming School Music Association, and positions on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Matinee Musical Club of Cincinnati, Wyoming Fine Arts Center, and the Cincinnati School House Symphony, Elisabeth Pridonoff continues to nurture the cultivation of artistry with purpose internationally through the IIASPP.

Elisabeth Pridonoff, is an Emeritus Professor of Piano at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and is currently residing in Arizona.