This essential reference focuses on the lives, careers, and musical contributions of over 150 American pianists from early days of the nation until the present day.
Richard Masters spotlights both modern and historical pianists—including women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ pianists who either never had the opportunity to win widespread acclaim but were top notch performers or who achieved important careers against heavy odds but were soon forgotten after their deaths, such as Augusta Cottlow, George Copeland, and Natalie Hinderas. This volume also gives attention to important collaborative pianists—none of whom have ever appeared in any volume on classical pianists—and influential pedagogues, some of whom never had significant performing careers but produced important students.
Each entry explores an individual pianist’s life and career—from relevant biographical details to impact on American musical culture—and includes a selected list and brief discussion of existing and available recordings, if any. Additionally, an introduction situates these pianists into historical trends.
Overseen by a blue-ribbon editorial board, Encyclopedia of American Classical Pianists: 1800s to the Present provides a comprehensive view of the depth and breadth of American pianistic achievement and serves as the most up-to-date work for students, piano departments, music libraries, researchers, and interested pianophiles.
Richard Masters is an associate professor of piano and collaborative piano at Virginia Tech. Before joining the faculty in Virginia, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin as principal opera coach in the Butler Opera Center. His articles and reviews have appeared in American Music Teacher, MTNA E-Journal, Studies in Musical Theatre Journal, Directors and Choreographers Journal, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal, Piano Magazine, and The Record Collector. He holds degrees from the Eastman School, the Juilliard School, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
With this volume, Richard Masters has made a major contribution to our knowledge of American pianistic history. His impressive research has produced much information not readily available elsewhere. This is an invaluable source for scholars and practicing pianists alike.
Richard Masters has compiled an anthology that is unparalleled. The beautifully synthesized combination of biographical detail, contemporary concert reviews, and recording recommendations make this book an invaluable reference for generations to come.