Eugene Pridonoff

Eugene Pridonoff has maintained an international performing and teaching career since 1965, when he was a laureate in the Leventritt, Montreal, Brazil, and Tschaikowsky competitions and was appointed to the piano faculty of Temple University. In the ensuing decades he established himself internationally as one of the leading performing pedagogues after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music. His major teachers included Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Lillian Steuber.

He has performed with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Central Opera Orchestra of Beijing, and the San Salvador Symphony Orchestra, under such conductors as Ozawa, Solomon, Kostelanetz, Gielen, Prausnitz, Harsanyi, Samuel, William Smith and Lawrence Leighton Smith. He has also given solo and duo recitals as well as master classes throughout North, Central, and South America, Russia, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, and Yamagata, Japan, Beijing's Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, Wuhan Conservatory, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Academy of Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan National Normal University, Tunghai University, Kaohsiung Normal University, National Chiao Tung University, Soochow University, Tainan Woman’s College of Art and Technology, Seoul National University, Kumho Gallery, Korean National Conservatory of Music, Yonsei University, Ehwa University, Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

He has been featured on NPR's "The Sunday Show" and with Bill McGlaughlin of "St. Paul Sunday", and has given chamber recitals with Lynn Harrell, Leonard Rose, Jaime Laredo, and Peter Wiley. Identified in the publication The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the United States by Benjamin Saver, Eugene Pridonoff has been a featured performer, teacher and lecturer at the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences and DVD’s of his sessions have been distributed internationally. He has performed and lectured at the American Liszt Festival conferences, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at MTNA and State Teachers Conferences throughout the U.S. He is a frequent adjudicator in major competitions including the Casadesus, American Chopin, Joanna Hodges, Washington International, Midland-Odessa, and many state, regional, and national MTNA competitions.

His former students hold collegiate teaching positions throughout the world and have been first-place winners in the Horowitz, Missouri Southern, American Pianists Association, Shreveport Wideman, and Midland-Odessa competitions. In March of 2005, he and his wife Elizabeth Pridonoff were interviewed and featured on the cover of Clavier Magazine.

Pridonoff regularly performs and teaches in the Orient and has made eight trips since 2003 to Japan, where he has played three solo recitals and four duo recitals in Tokyo, Sapporo, and Sendai, and was presented in recital in Seoul, Korea in 2004 at the Ewon Cultural Center. Co-Artistic Director with Elisabeth Pridonoff of the CCM Prague International Piano Festival, Pridonoff has taught at the Amalfi, Belgium, Barcelona and Chautauqua Festivals.

In 1982 Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff formed the Pridonoff Duo and have performed internationally. They were appointed Duo-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1986 and gave their Tully Hall and Kennedy Center debuts that same year. Formerly on the faculties of Temple, Iowa State and Arizona State Universities, Eugene Pridonoff has recorded for the Vienna Modern Masters label and is a Steinway Artist.