Artist biography

Eugene Pridonoff has maintained an international performing career for almost five decades since winning prizes in the Leventritt, Montreal, Brazil, and Tschaikowsky competitions in the mid 1960’s and has been long established as a world-renowned pedagogue. For thirty-five years, he was Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where his students won first-place in the Horowitz, Missouri Southern, American Pianists Association, Shreveport Wideman, and Midland-Odessa competitions to name a few. He is also one of a select few pianists in the world linked with the great performing traditions of the 19th and early 20th centuries by virtue of his studies with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute of Music and his earlier training with Lillian Steuber, herself a student of Egon Petri, Harold Bauer, Joseph Lhevinne, and Emil von Sauer.

He has performed with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Central Opera Orchestra of Beijing, and the San Salvador Symphony Orchestra, under such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Izler Solomon, Andre Kostelanetz, Michael Gielen, Frederic Prausnitz, Nicholas Harsanyi, Howard Mitchell, John Barnett, Gerhard Samuel, William Smith and Lawrence Leighton Smith. He has also performed in North, Central, and South America, Moscow, Russia, Seoul, Korea, Taipei, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan, China, Hong Kong, Sydney, Australia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, and Spain and has collaborated with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Lynn Harrell, and Peter Wiley.

He has been featured on NPR's "The Sunday Show," with Bill McGlaughlin of "St. Paul Sunday," and nationally televised CBS Sunday Morning. In March of 2005, he and his wife, Elizabeth Pridonoff, were interviewed and featured on the cover of Clavier Magazine and in the Chinese magazine Piano Artistry in September of 2006.

Eugene Pridonoff regularly performs and teaches in the Orient and has made fifteen trips to Japan, performing in Tokyo, Sapporo, Yamagata, Osaka, and Sendai. He was presented in recital in Seoul, Korea in 2004 at the Ewon Cultural Center and for many summers performed and taught at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, International Piano Week of Belgium, and the Barcelona Festival. After several years as Co-Artistic Director of the Prague International Piano Institute, he now serves as Co-Artistic Director of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Piano Performance (IIASPP), LLC.

In addition to his many decades of performing and teaching, Eugene Pridonoff has served in administrative capacities as Head of Performance at both the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and during his previous tenure at Arizona State University where he was also Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence from 1971-80. He also served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts in establishing grants for recitalists during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and continues to be committed to nurturing the international musical environment in pursuit of artistry and purpose in music through workshops under the auspices of the IIASPP.

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