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Piano

Piano

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s piano department features internationally recognized faculty, attracting talented young musicians from the United States and abroad. The Hodgson School became Georgia's first All-Steinway School in 1996 and boasts outstanding performance and practice facilities with keyboard instruments maintained by two full-time Steinway-trained piano technicians. 

Piano students at the Hodgson School enjoy countless opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, including annual concerto competitions. Students have the opportunity to participate in and collaborate with the Hodgson School's numerous small chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and choirs. 

Additionally, students can gain valuable experience as educators through teaching at UGA's Community Music School and participating in numerous other experiential programs, including international collaborations in remote piano teaching. Scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualifying applicants.

Personnel

Grace Huang teaches undergraduate and graduate pedagogy courses, class piano, and oversees all aspects of the class piano program. Additionally, she owns and operates an independent piano studio in Athens. Prior to her UGA appointment, Dr. Huang was on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she maintained a studio in the…

Dr. Jutras is a frequent presenter at conferences across the country and around the world, and recent presentations include the ISME World Conference and national conferences of CMS, MENC, AERA, and MTNA in locations such as Albuquerque, Atlanta, Beijing, Bologna, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Ottawa, Portland, Thessaloniki,…

Evgeny Rivkin came to the University of Georgia in 1995 as a professor at the School of Music. Before coming to UGA, Rivkin was a professor of piano at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. In addition to presenting master classes worldwide, Rivkin continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States,…

Melodic, soulful and smooth, Dr. Greg Satterthwaite brings an energy and touch to the piano that has become his signature sound. He has performed at festivals and venues including the Swan City Piano Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, SunFest, the Velvet Note, Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant, the University of South Carolina, and the…

Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, collaborator, and educator. In the fall of 2020, she was named Musical America Worldwide's "New Artist of the Month," a rare distinction celebrating her work and particularly the impact of her recent CD "E…

Decades long experience with a multitude of notable artists -- from his early days as accompanist to iconic vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson, on to his years as a member of M-Base Collective innovator Steve Coleman’s group and music director for the late great Kevin Mahogany, up to his current tenure with saxophonist Joe Lovano’s…

Praised by the New York Times as a pianist with “assurance and vitality,” Alan Woo made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall performing with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He has since collaborated with conductors Daniel Hege, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Tito Muñoz in solo appearances with the Houston and…

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