Anne Taffel - Pianist



     Anne Taffel leads an active career as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States, South American, Europe and Asia.  Her tours have included performances at Carnegie Recital Hall, on National Public Radio and recently to places as diverse as China, Iceland, Poland and Peru.

     As a Musical Ambassador of the US Department of State, she has performed and given masterclasses as a visiting professor at Central Conservatory in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Xi'an Conservatory, National Conservatory, Lima, Peru and other universities around the world.  She is a devoted mentor and musical diplomat, and transcends boundaries through her passionate performances and teachings.

     Anne's piano studies go back to the age of five, when she began lessons with her mother.  At 13 she was awarded a scholarship to the Juilliard School and two years later she made her debut as featured soloist with full orchestra.  She earned her Baccalaureate of Music from Oberlin College, a Masters in Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, and pursued studies in Europe at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and the Mozarteum in Saltzburg, Austria.

     Anne Taffel has been honored to coach with the greatest performers and teachers of our time.  As a top prize winner of the International Gina Bachauer Competition, she was privileged to work with Mme. Bachauer over a period of three years. 

     She was awarded an honorary grant to coach with legendary pianist Earl Wild, the last of the great romantics,who lauded her as "the greatest living woman pianist".

     Anne enjoys a unique artistic lineage, being blessed to inherit Beethoven's legacy through Kyriena Siloti, daughter of Alexander Siloti, the illustrious student of Franz Liszt.  Liszt studied with Czerny, and Czerny studied with Beethoven.  Czerny also taught the great Polish pianist, Leschetitzsky, who was Artur Schnabel's teacher.  Schnabel was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century,  heralded for his devotion to the works of the Viennese classical composers.  Anne is also connected to this legacy through her studies with both of Artur Schnabel's assistants;  Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Leonard Shure.  

     In an additional connection, Kyriena Siloti was a cousin to Rachmaninoff, and the greatest Russian musicians of the time were family friends and frequent visitors. Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky dedicated compositions to her father.   Her teaching was regarded as an important link to the tradition of 19th century Russian pianism.

     Anne has also studied with Russell Sherman, Jacob Maxin, Dorothy Taubman, Joseph Schwartz and Norman Shetler.

     Critics have been particularly impressed by Anne Taffel's exciting style at the piano- her "energy and daring", her "strength and grace" and her "powerfully emotional" interpretations.  (THE OREGONIAN)

     THE NEW YORK TIMES praised her for "a handsome, animated performance".