Faculty

Marc Silverman

Piano Department Chair, Chamber Music (College)
Piano (College & Precollege)

“Exceptional authority and impeccable taste” described the playing of pianist Marc Silverman in The New York Times.  His “richly colored sonorities” and “thrilling surges of power” have prompted critics to compare him to the legendary Josef Hofmann.  Dr. Silverman has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician.  Among his appearances were six recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and seven performances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  He has toured China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Czech Republic performing televised concerts, conducting master classes for piano soloists and chamber musicians, as well as presenting lecture-demonstrations on the traditions and techniques of romantic interpretation.

Dr. Silverman has been Chairman of the Piano Department at the Manhattan School of Music since 1989 and has coordinated piano chamber music at the school since 1985.  He has taught students from over thirty countries and from every continent, and his students have been the recipients of an exceptional number of international awards and honors.

Marc Silverman is a founding member of the Carnegie Trio.  In addition to their international touring and residencies at summer festivals, they recorded works by Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel and Copland.  As a soloist, Dr. Silverman has recorded twentieth-century works in RCA’s Studio A for international release.  Other recordings include Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Enescu’s Piano Quartet in D Major and the Trio for Flute, Viola and Piano by Maurice Durufle.

Dr. Silverman is an award winner of the Kapell International Competition, the Gina Bachauer Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition.  He is frequently quoted in publication including Chamber Music America, Piano and Keyboard Magazine, The New York Times, and the Korean monthly, Eumag-Choonchu.

Over the past decades, Dr. Silverman has made numerous tours throughout Asia, performing as both soloist and chamber musician, conducting master classes and serving as a judge for international competitions.  In 2000, he was named International Consultant to the Nanyang Academy, Singapore’s flagship arts institution.  In the summers of 2004 and 2007, Dr. Silverman traveled to Melbourne to serve as a Visiting Artist at the Australian National Academy of Music’s Advanced Performance Program. In November of 2008, Dr. Silverman was the subject an extensive article in Korea’s leading keyboard magazine “The Piano” which traced the trajectory of his career as well as articulating his thoughts on the relationship between technique and musicianship.  In 2009 he was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by the Manhattan School of Music, the highest award bestowed by the school. In 2010 he was invited to the Czech Republic to perform a series of chamber music concerts with some of the country’s most notable string musicians.  Dr. Silverman has made many trips to China during the last four years conducting lecture-recitals and master classes throughout the country and appearing as a soloist in the National Center for the Performing Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall.  In August of 2016 he served on the faculty of the Silk Road Festival in Lanzhou.