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Sergey Schepkin

Professor of Piano

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Pianist Sergey Schepkin has performed worldwide, and made his Carnegie Hall recital début in 1993 (at Weill Recital Hall) to an enthusiastic reception from the audience and The New York Times. He has performed for the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center; Celebrity Series of Boston; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the LACMA and Maestro Series in Los Angeles; London’s Steinway Hall; the Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg; and the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, to name just a few places.

Schepkin’s vast repertoire includes solo, concerto, and chamber works written over the past four hundred years. He is a renowned interpreter of keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as “a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays . . . with the clarity of a harpsichordist and the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould”. For the past twenty years, Schepkin has been embarked on a large-scale project that aims to record Bach’s entire keyboard output on the modern piano while having historical performance practice as a source of inspiration. His album of Bach’s French Suites and two Fantasias and Fugues was released on the Steinway & Sons label in November 2014 to enthusiastic reviews and was featured as the CD of the Week by WGBH (Boston Public Radio). His recordings of Schumann, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schnittke have also been warmly received. His new recording of Bach Partitas awaits release.

Schepkin has performed concerti with such conductors as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Nikolai Alexeev, Keith Lockhart, Jonathan McPhee, Edward Serov, and Vassily Sinaisky. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed with many renowned instrumentalists, including the Borromeo, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets. An advocate of new music, Schepkin has collaborated with Leonardo Balada, Alan Fletcher, Michael Gandolfi, Nancy Galbraith, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, Daniel Pinkham, and Christopher Trapani. Schepkin is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, and a prizewinner of several international competitions, including the first and Chopin prizes in the 1999 New Orleans International Piano Competition, top prizes in the 1988 Crown Princess Sonja (Oslo, Norway) and 1985 All-Russia piano competitions, as well as first prize in the 1978 International Competition for Young Musicians in Prague.

A naturalized American, Schepkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov, and Alexander Ikharev, graduating summa cum laude in 1985. He taught on the piano faculty at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1988-90. After his move to the United States in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned an Artist Diploma in 1992 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. In 1994-98, Schepkin was coached by the late legendary French-American pianist Paul Doguereau.

A sought-after teacher, Schepkin has presented master classes throughout the USA. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has taught since 2003. He is also an Emerson Instructor at MIT (Cambridge, Mass.), and teaches at the New England Conservatory School of Preparatory and Continuing Education, as well as privately, in Boston. 

Sergey Schepkin is a Steinway Artist.