Faculty

Solomon Mikowsky

Cited as “one of the world´s most sought-after artist teachers, for reasons that are not hard to come by” (Clavier, USA), Solomon Mikowsky is renowned for his “magical ability to develop his piano students into artists” (Sur Exprès, France).

His students have won many international piano competitions, including the Rubinstein in Tel-Aviv (3 winners); Tchaikovsky; Queen Elisabeth; the Gilmore Artist Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant; Richter, Beethoven (Bonn) and Santander.

They have appeared as soloists with the New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles symphony orchestras in the US; with the Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Dresden, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Moscow and St. Petersburg orchestras in Europe; and the Israel Philharmonic, under such noted conductors as Barenboim, Dudamel, Eschenbach, Fisher, Jurowsky, Masur, Metha and Maazel.

They have also been guests of the Aspen, BBC Proms, Blossom, Bowdoin, Caramoor, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Anthéron, Lucerne, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Vail and Verbier summer festivals.

Mikowsky has adjudicated many of the most important international competitions and has conducted master classes at the leading conservatories in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Salzburg, London, Paris, Leipzig, Rotterdam, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and throughout Asia and Australia.

Solomon Mikowsky was born in Cuba to polish parents. His early training was with César Pérez Sentenat, who had studied in Paris with Joaquín Nín, a student of Liszt’s eminent pupil, Moritz Moszkowski. He was granted scholarships by the Cuban government and the Juilliard School to study in New York with Sascha Gorodnitzki, foremost pupil of the legendary Russian virtuoso Josef Lhevinne.

A member of the Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1969, he was awarded the school´s Presidential Medal. The Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall was inaugurated in 2010 and expanded in 2018 in conjunction with the school’s centennial. The adjacent Studio and Gallery feature the many prizes won by his students throughout his teaching career.

The Piano Teaching Legacy of Solomon Mikowsky, a book by his long-time student Kookhee Hong, has been published in English by Lambert Publishers in Germany and is also available in Spanish, Chinese and Korean editions.