Zenon Fishbein

Zenon Fishbein has been part of the Manhattan School of Music piano faculty since 1963. Born in Argentina, of Russian parents, he made his official debut to the general acclaim of the press at thirteen. As a recipient of a fellowship from the Argentinian government, he traveled to Rome, Vienna, and Paris, where he studied and coached with such eminent artists as Carlo Zecchi, Paolo Denza, Margherite Long, and Walter Gieseking. He holds a degree from the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, a diploma from the Salzburg festival, and an MM from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dora Zaslavsky and, upon graduation, received the Harold Bauer Memorial Award.

A winner of numerous awards at international competitions held in Geneva, Rome, Vercelli, and Buenos Aires, he has appeared in hundreds of concerts and solo recitals worldwide, as well as performing as soloist in chamber music and orchestral programs. He has collaborated for joint concerts with Herta Gatz, Jens Nygaard, Justino Diaz, and Mishel Piastro. His broad range of repertory includes a cycle of recitals dedicated to the works of Chopin, a series by romantic composers, and the premiere of contemporary piano works.

Mr. Fishbein has been a guest at universities in Seoul, Manila, Beijing, New York, and London, offering master classes and lectures. A former chairman of the screening committee for the Fulbright grants for studies abroad, he has also served as a frequent adjudicator in international competitions. He is the founder of Midsummer Music, dedicated to sponsoring music festivals in the Italian cities of Pesaro, Urbino, Sulmona, Caprarola, and Tivoli. He is a former faculty member of the Hartt College of Music, Brooklyn College, and Hanse University in Korea. A recording artist for the Sound Starton label in Germany, he has also been a contributor to many musical publications. Many of his former students presently enjoy successful careers as performers and educators. The late Harold Schonberg of the New York Times declared Mr. Fishbein “a real talent” and his debut “unusually impressive.” Other critics have called him a “master of the grand manner” (Theodore Strongin, New York Times) and “A marvelous colorist… A fine pianist indeed.”

Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1963.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1961.

zfishbein@msmnyc.edu