Phillip Kawin

Phillip Kawin has developed a highly individual pedagogical approach that has established him as a much sought-after artist teacher. His concepts have evolved through an eclectic background of training that combines a variety of artistic and esthetic influences. He has created a teaching methodology that presents the principles of technique and musicianship in a detailed analytical approach—an approach which does not ignore the intuitive aspect of music-making. Mr. Kawin studied with Jules Gentil at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, in New York City with Howard Aibel (who was Rosina Lhevinne's assistant), and later with Dora Zaslavsky (who had studied with Backhaus and Bauer) at Manhattan School of Music. In 1989, Mr. Kawin was appointed to the college faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he currently works with a select studio of advanced, gifted pupils from diverse corners of the globe. His students have won honors in such competitions as the Martha Argerich International, Jacob Flier International, World Piano, Thelonious Monk International (jazz piano), Melilla in Spain, Heida Hermanns, Soulima Stravinsky International, Josef Hofmann, Mieczyslaw Munz, Leschetizky, and Young Concert Artists competitions. Phillip Kawin is in demand at premier international conferences and festivals, having given lectures and master classes in Russia, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., and throughout Australia. For the past fourteen years, he has been in residence at the PianoSummer International Festival/Institute in New Paltz, New York. He also teaches regularly at the Summit Music Festival, the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Italy), and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. His five DVDs for Excellence in Music, Inc., recorded live at the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences, are available on Kawin is highly regarded for his performances in venues all over the world—from Sydney’s Angel Place Recital Hall to Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall—which have received critical acclaim. As recitalist and soloist with orchestra, Phillip Kawin has performed in the U.S., Korea, Italy, Spain, Russia, Asia, and Australia. Kawin’s performances can be heard on the Master Performers Distinguished Artists label. He recently released a critically acclaimed recording of solo works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, and Prokofiev, which includes an interview with radio talk show host and author David Dubal. Phillip Kawin is a Steinway Artist. He is also a member of the Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees and President of the College Faculty Council.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1989.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1986.