Professor of Piano
Sergey Schepkin has concertized worldwide, from the United States to Europe to Russia to Japan to New Zealand. His performance venues and concert series include the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Boston's Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Gardner Museum; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the LACMA and Maestro Series in Los Angeles; London’s Steinway Hall and Proms at St Jude’s Festival; the National Concert Hall in Dublin; the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo; the Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg; and the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.
Mr. Schepkin’s vast repertoire includes solo, concerto, and chamber works written over the past four hundred years. He is a renowned interpreter of keyboard works by Johann Sebastian
Mr. Schepkin is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, and a prizewinner of several national and international competitions, including the first and Chopin prizes in the 1999 New Orleans International Piano Competition, top prizes in the 1988 Crown Princess Sonja and 1985 All-Russia piano competitions, as well as first prize in the 1978 International Competition for Young Musicians in Prague (“Concertino-Praga”). He has performed concerti with Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Nikolai Alexeev, Max Hobart, Christian Knapp, Keith Lockhart, Jonathan McPhee, Edward Serov, and Vassily Sinaisky. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed with many renowned instrumentalists, including the Borromeo, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets. He was a founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. An advocate of new music, Mr. Schepkin earned Sofia Gubaidulina’s praise for his interpretation of her piano
A naturalized American, Mr. Schepkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov, and Alexander Ikharev at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, graduating summa cum laude in 1985. There, he also was Ekaterina Murina’s assistant in 1987–
A sought-after educator, Mr. Schepkin has presented master classes and lecture-recitals throughout the USA and abroad. He is a Professor of Piano and piano division chair at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has taught since 2003. He also teaches at the New England Conservatory School of Preparatory and Continuing Education, as well as privately, in Boston. He has taught in the piano departments at the University of Iowa, the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and MIT, as well as in the music history department at New England Conservatory. He has judged multiple piano competitions throughout the
This current season, Mr. Schepkin is heavily engaged in his own concert series, Glissando, launched in September 2018. Glissando's concerts take place at the historic First Church in Boston. Glissando's 2018–19 season focused on Bach; its current season, BEETHOVEN+, consists of six concerts and celebrates the upcoming 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, featuring piano and chamber music by Beethoven and many other composers. This season's first two concerts present eight Beethoven piano sonatas; the remaining twenty-four will be performed over the next three seasons.
Sergey Schepkin is a Steinway Artist.