Prof Lydia Artymiw
Prof Lydia Artymiw
Professor: Piano, Distinguished McKnight Professor
For further information, view her website www.lydiaartymiw.com
The New York Times has described Lydia Artymiw as “a lovely Mozart and an appealing Schumann player. There is the heart, wisdom and culture that put that heart in the right place, with concentrated musicality tempered by good taste. Ms. Artymiw has such a satisfying musical soul; she is a pleasure to hear.“
The Los Angeles Times described Artymiw as “an important pianist because she combines so many diverse qualities: she wields power and delicacy with equal ease; she is securely equipped with technique, and she feels deeply and knows how to communicate her feelings. She stirred her audience repeatedly.“
Lydia Artymiw has succeeded in every facet of an important international career: as soloist with orchestra, in recital and chamber music, and in solo and chamber music recordings. She has appeared with over one hundred orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Far East. Her American orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the American, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Florida, Kansas City, National, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis Symphonies, and the St. Paul and St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestras. She has performed with such conductors as Previn, Ozawa, Rattle, Zinman, Vänskä, Skrowaczewski, Levi, and Parrott. As a solo recitalist, she has performed in major venues in London, Berlin, Basel, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Rome, Milan, Paris, Taipei, Seoul, Zürich, New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Weill Hall, and Merkin Hall), Washington (Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, and the Smithsonian), Chicago (Orchestra Hall), Philadelphia (Academy of Music and Kimmel Center), Minneapolis (Orchestra Hall), Los Angeles, and Boston (Symphony Hall, Gardner Museum). She has concertized throughout Europe (in Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Sardinia, Switzerland, Estonia, Finland, and Ukraine) as well as in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore, China, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.
Artymiw’s festival appearances include Aspen, Bantry, Bard, Bellingham, Bravo! Colorado Vail, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, Eastern Shore Maryland, Grand Canyon, Hampden-Sydney, Hollywood Bowl, Maverick, Montreal, Mostly Mozart, Music Mountain, Newport, Seattle, South Mountain, Tucson, Virginia Arts, and Marlboro (where she has returned several times as a “senior artist/participant since 1998). Artymiw has collaborated with the Guarneri String Quartet, the American, Borromeo, Miami, Orion, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Vermeer Quartets. She has performed many recitals with some of the most distinguished musicians of our time including Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Richard Stoltzman, John Aler, and Benita Valente, and she has toured numerous times with “Music From Marlboro“ groups throughout the US. Artymiw is a member of the Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Trio (with violinist Arnold Steinhardt and cellist Jules Eskin).
Lydia Artymiw is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and the 1987 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and she has garnered top prizes in major competitions such as the 1978 Leeds International in England (third prize), the 1976 Leventritt in New York (finalist, no major prize awarded), and first prize in the 1972 Koszciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. In recent years she has been a juror for the Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, the China International Shanghai Piano Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana, the Milwaukee Piano Arts Competition, the Corpus Christi National Competition in Texas, and the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Chesapeake International Chamber Competition, both in Maryland.
Her seven solo albums for the Chandos label in England have been critically acclaimed. Her debut record (Variations) was a Gramophone Magazine “Critic’s Choice“ and “Best of the Year“ disc, she was featured on the cover of Gramophone Magazine for the release of her Schumann record, her Mendelssohn record was hailed by Hi-Fi News and the Monthly Guide to Recorded Music as “Best of the Month,“ and Ovation Magazine honored her Schubert recording as “Recording of Distinction.“ Her Tchaikovsky Seasons (released by Chandos in 1982) is still in print and has sold over 20,000 copies. She has also recorded for the Artegra, Bridge, Centaur, and Pantheon labels with Benita Valente, John Aler, Marcy Rosen, the Tokyo Quartet, and the Rosalyra Quartet.
Since 1989, Lydia Artymiw has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, which has honored her with the “Dean’s Medal“ for Outstanding Professor in 2000 and with the Distinguished McKnight Professorship in 2001. She was the first performing artist at the University of Minnesota to receive both of these awards. Artymiw’s studio (with 40 doctoral graduates) is one of the most prolific and successful at the University of Minnesota, and her students have attained international careers as performers and professors at universities and colleges throughout the US, Canada, and Asia. Her doctoral graduates include Jeri-Mae Astolfi (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh), Soohyun Cho (Kyungnam University, Masan, South Korea), Alejandro Cremaschi (University of Colorado at Boulder), Corey Hamm (University of British Columbia in Vancouver), Grace Huang (Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio), Young Kim (The College of St. Rose in New York), Matthew McCright and Loren Fishman (Carleton College in Minnesota), Margaret McDonald (University of Colorado at Boulder), Wonny Song (Lambda School, Montreal and first prize winner of the 2005 YCA international auditions, and the 2001 WAMSO Competition), Maria Fernanda Trocan (Academy of Music, St. Francis in the Fields, Louisville, KY), and Christopher Brody (Visiting Professor of Theory at Indiana University-Bloomington, 2013-2015), and Woobin Park (Winona State University, MN).
Lydia Artymiw was born in Philadelphia to Ukrainian parents and began piano studies at age four with George Oransky at the Ukrainian Music Institute. Her principal teachers were Freda Pastor Berkowitz (who taught for over fifty years at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia) from 1962-1967 and Gary Graffman, her mentor, with whom she studied from 1967 to 1979. Artymiw graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1973 and which honored her with a “Distinguished Alumna“ award in 1991.
- performing and teaching: solo piano, concerto, and chamber music repertoire
- concert pianist
- Women Pianists Symposium (interview). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2003.
- Schumann Symposium (interview). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2002.
- Brahms Symposium (interview). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2001.
- Mendelssohn Symposium (interview and published article). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2005.
- Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Piano Trio: Performed with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stoltzman, Benita Valente, and the American, Borromeo, Guarneri, Miami, Shanghai, and Tokyo Quartets
- Performances world-wide with over 100 orchestras under many leading conductors of our time.
- Presented solo recitals throughout the US, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and Korea
- Appeared at over 50 festivals including Aspen, Bard, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Montreal, Seattle, Tucson, and Virginia Waterfront
- Member, CLA Promotion and Tenure Review Committee: 1999 - 2002
- Advisory Committee: Feb. 2004 - Feb. 2005
- Piano Judge at Piano Arts Competition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 2003, 2014
- Frequent contributor and writer of piano repertoire articles to Piano Magazine, UK (Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn magazines)
- Piano Judge at Esther Honens International Piano Competition, Calgary, Canada: 2006
- Chair, Keyboard Division, School of Music, University of Minnesota, 2002/03 and 2005/06
- Artistic Director of the Elaine Schuessler Piano Recital Series at the American Swedish Institute: September 2002 - 2010
- Distinguished McKnight Professorship, 2001
- Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, 1989
- McKnight Research Award, 1994
- Dean's Medal for Outstanding Professor at the University of Minnesota, 2000
- Distinguished Alumna Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1991
- Avery Fisher Prize Career Grant, 1987
- 1976 Leventritt and 1978 Leeds International Piano Competitions
- MusA 2301 - Piano: Performance Major
- MusA 1301 - Piano: Major
- MusA 8301 - Piano Major
- Mus 3440 - Chamber Ensemble
- MusA 3301 - Piano: Major
- Mus 5440 - Chamber Ensemble