Solomon Mikowsky

Included in Benjamin Saver’s The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA, Solomon Mikowsky is cited as “one of the world’s most sought-after artist teachers, for reasons that are not hard to come by” (Dean Elder, Clavier, U.S.). He is renowned for his “magical ability to develop his piano students into artists” (Sur Exprès, France).

His students have won top prizes in the Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv (1st prize), the Tchaikovsky and Richter in Moscow, Beethoven in Bonn (1st prize), Santander (1st prize), Schumann in Leipzig (1st prize), Queen Elizabeth, Dublin, China International in Beijing, Cleveland, Gina Bachauer, Montreal, New Orleans (1st prize), Mont Blanc and Poulenc in France, Maria Canals in Barcelona (3 1st prizes), Premio Jaén in Spain (2 1st prizes), José Iturbi in Valencia (2 1st prizes), Zaragoza (1st prize), Guerrero in Madrid (1st prize), Vianna da Motta and Porto in Portugal, Prix du Piano Berne in Switzerland (2nd Prize), Andorra (2 1st prizes), Carlet in Spain (5 1st prizes), Erice, Ibla, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, Rina sala Gallo, Monza and Senigallia  in Italy, Minnesota, Hilton Head, Concert Artists Guild, Astral in Philadelphia (2 1st prizes), Chopin Kosciuszko (4 1st prizes), Chappaqua Orchestra 914 Competition (1st prize), Murray Dranoff, Missouri-Southern (1st prize), World in Cincinnati (1st prize), Viña del Mar in Chile, Panama (4 1st prizes), and the Manhattan School of Music Concerto competition (more than 40 winners), as well as the Gilmore Artist Award, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, the Arthur Rubinstein and Shura Cherkassky awards, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Former students currently enjoying international careers include Simone Dinnerstein, Kirill Gerstein, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Yuan Sheng, Inesa Sinkevych, Alexandra Beliakovich, Jenny Q Chai, Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, Gustavo Diaz-Jerez, Wael Farouk, Kookhee Hong, Adam Kent, Khowoon Kim, Kyu Yeon Kim, Youngho Kim, Sofia Melikyan, Jose Ramon Mendez, Misha Namirovsky, Edward Neeman, Aaron Shorr, Tatiana Tessman, Chun Wang, Yungwook Yoo and Jie Yuan.

Mikowsky students have joined the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College in New York; the Central, China, Harbin, and Xiamen conservatories and the FaceArt Institute of Music in China; Ewha, Seoul National, and Yonsei universities in South Korea; Kronberg Academy and Hans Eisler Hochschule in Berlin; Bydgoszcz Academy of Music in Poland; Conservatorio Superior de Música de Tenerife, Musikene (Basque Country), and Rodolfo Hallfter Conservatory (Madrid) in Spain; the Royal Conservatory of Scotland; Bard College of Music, Brooklyn College, Copland School of Music at SUNY Queens, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, University of California at Berkeley and Yale University in the USA. His students are featured in recordings in the Bridge, Centaur, Chandos, Decca Classics, Deutsche Gramophone, Lawo Classics, Ibs, Myrios, Naxos, SONY, Telarc, and Steinway labels.

Mikowsky’s students have performed as soloists with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras in the U.S. and with the Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Vienna, Prague, London, Paris, Budapest, Madrid, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Zurich Tonhalle and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras in Europe and the Middle East, under such noted conductors as Adès, Barenboim, Bychkov, Dudamel, Eschenbach, Fischer, Järvi, Jurowsky, Masur, Mehta, Maazel and Petrenko. They have also been guests of the Aspen, BBC Proms, Blossom, Bowdoin, Bravo! Vail Valley, Caramoor, Edinburgh, Jerusalem, La Roque d’Anthéron, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Santander, Saratoga, Tanglewood, Vail and Verbier summer festivals.

Solomon Mikowsky, born in Cuba to Polish parents, received his early training with César Pérez Sentenat, who had studied in Paris with Joaquín Nin, a pupil of Moszkowski (student of Liszt). Awarded scholarships by the Cuban government and the Juilliard School, he continued his studies in New York with Sasha Gorodnitzki, foremost pupil of the legendary Russian virtuoso Josef Lhevinne, receiving BM and MM degrees, and completed his studies with a doctorate from Columbia University. A contributor to Américas (Journal of the OAS), The Piano (South Korea), and Piano Artistry (China), his doctoral dissertation, Ignacio Cervantes and the XIX-Century Cuban Danza, has been published in English and Spanish.

Mikowsky has been a member of the juries of innumerable international competitions and has directed his International Piano Festivals for many years in Spain, France and in Cuba, with the participation of his students as soloists with the symphony orchestras of Tenerife and Las Palmas, de Gran Canaria in Spain, and in Havana, Cuba. Mikowsky is the recipient of the Institute of International Education Cintas Award and a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Havana.

He has taught and given master classes at the leading conservatories in Moscow (Tchaikovsky), St. Petersburg (Rimsky-Korsakoff), Warsaw (Chopin Academy), Munich (Hochschule für Musik), Cracow, Budapest (Liszt Academy), London (Royal College and Royal Academy), Paris, Leipzig, Halle, Rotterdam, Venice, Bologna, Arezzo, Sulmona, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Tenerife, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Ankara, Sidney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xiamen, Harbin, Taipei, Kaoshiung, Taichung, Tainan, Manila, Jakarta, Seoul, Kang-Nung, Cheju, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka and Pretoria.

A Steinway artist and a former Professor of Music Education at Columbia University, Mikowsky also taught at The Juilliard Precollege, New York University, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Mikowsky is a longtime member of the artist piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he is a recipient of the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. The school also celebrated his pedagogical contributions with an anniversary concert in his honor in 2019, the 2020 website presentation of 6 sets of Mozart’s Twinkle Variations featuring him and 47 of his students, read review here, and in 2021 with a 3-hour concert featuring Mikowsky and 75 of his students, each performing short excerpts in A Birthday Celebration!  Read review here.

The Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall was inaugurated in 2010 and expanded in 2018 in conjunction with the school’s centennial (philanthropy.) The adjacent Gallery features the many prizes and awards won by his students throughout his teaching career. The Piano Teaching Legacy of Solomon Mikowsky, by Kookhee Hong, has been published by Lambert Publishers and is also available in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean (read book review here)

Learn more about books and articles written by Dr.  Mikowsky, and how to purchase them here.