Solomon Mikowsky

Solomon Mikowsky’s students have won over 150 international piano competitions, including the Rubinstein in Tel Aviv (three winners, including 1st prize), Tchaikovsky and Sviatoslav Richter in Moscow, Van Cliburn (Special Award), Beethoven in Bonn (1st prize), Schumann in Leipzig (1st prize), Dublin, Vianna da Motta (two winners), Porto (two winners), Andorra (four winners, including two 1st prizes), China International Competition (two winners), Panama (nine winners, including three 1st prizes), Viña del Mar in Chile, Montreal (two winners), Cleveland, New Orleans (1st prize), Naumburg, Minnesota E-Competition (two winners), Hilton Head, World Competition in Cincinnati (three winners, including 1st prize), Chopin Kosciuszko in New York (ten winners, including eight 1st prizes), and more than twenty-five winners of the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition.

His students have also won many competitions in Spain, including the Santander (1st prize), Maria Canals in Barcelona (eight winners, including three 1st prizes), Iturbi in Valencia (four winners, including two 1st prizes), Jaén (six winners, including 1st prize), Pilar Bayona in Zaragoza (five winners, including 1st prize), Guerrero in Madrid (three winners, including 1st prize) and Carlet (four 1st-prize winners). Mikowsky’s students have also been recipients of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award ($300,000) and the Avery Fisher Artist Career Grant.

Mikowsky’s students have appeared with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Berlin, Budapest, Munich, St. Petersburg, and Tokyo symphony orchestras; the BBC, Berlin, Dresden, London (Royal), Moscow, New York, Rotterdam, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras; the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Zürich Tonhalle, and the National Orchestras of Finland, France, Mexico, and the Czech Republic, under Comissiona, Dudamel, Dutoit, Ehrling, Eschenbach, Fischer, Frübeck de Burgos, Masur, Skrowaczewski, and Zinman.

Solomon Mikowsky was born in Cuba of Russian-Polish parents. His early training was with César Pérez Sentenat, who studied in Paris with Joaquín Nín, student of Moszkowski, a Liszt pupil. He was granted scholarships by the Cuban government and the Juilliard School to study in New York with Sascha Gorodnitzki, foremost pupil of legendary Russian virtuoso Josef Lhevinne, earning a doctorate from Columbia University. 

He serves on the juries of some of the most important international competitions. He has given master classes in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Budapest, Salzburg, London, Paris, Tel Aviv, and throughout Australia and the Far East. During the summer, he directs his International Piano Festivals in Europe and in Cuba, where he teaches and his students perform in recitals and as orchestral soloists.

The Piano Teaching Legacy of Solomon Mikowsky, by Kookhee Hong, has recently been published in English, Spanish, and Chinese (reviews). Solomon Mikowsky’s own recent publications include Ignacio Cervantes and the XIX-Century Cuban Danza, in English and Spanish (review).

Cited as “one of the world’s most sought-after artist teachers” (Clavier) for “a magical ability to develop his piano students into artists” (Sur Exprès), Solomon Mikowsky is featured in Benjamin Saver’s The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA, has been honored by the Institute of International Education, and was awarded the Presidential Medal by the Manhattan School of Music. He has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1974 and of the Precollege faculty since 1969.