Phillip Kawin serves on the Manhattan School of Music piano faculty, where he has taught since 1989, and
works with an international class of advanced and gifted pupils. His students have garnered top prizes in such
international competitions as the Beijing International (China), the Martha Argerich (Buenos Aires, Argentina),
Young Concert Artists (New York, USA), World Piano Competition (Cincinnati, USA), Thelonious Monk Jazz
Competition (Washington DC, USA), Thailand International Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Competition (New
York, USA), and others. He is a member of the Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees and President of
the College Faculty Council.
Over the past twenty-five years, Phillip Kawin has developed a highly individualistic pedagogical approach that
combines aesthetic and artistic influences from Artur and Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, from Alfred Cortot through
studies with Cortot’s long-time associate Jules Gentil, Leschetitzky and other visionary musicians of the past. He
champions the mastery of creative tone production and the advanced principles of sound pianism. His
musicianship embodies an analytical, yet eclectic approach, while encompassing the intuitive aspects of music-
Phillip Kawin is in constant demand at national and International conferences and festivals. He has given his
renowned lectures and insightful master classes at such institutions as the Moscow Conservatory, Rimsky-
Korsakov (St. Petersburg) Conservatory, Van Cliburn Piano Institute, Beijing Central and Shanghai
Conservatories, Seoul National University, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and others internationally.
For the past twelve years, he has been in residence at the PianoSummer International Festival/Institute in
SUNY/New Paltz, New York, where he has been joined by such distinguished colleagues as Vladimir Feltsman,
the late Alexander Slobadyanik, Susan Starr, Robert Hamilton and others. He has been an active presenter at
the annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference each season since 2004.
Phillip Kawin has performed in recitals and as soloist with orchestras, as well as adjudicated throughout Europe,
Russia, Asia, Australia, and the US. He performed the opening concert of the 2006 St. Louis Philharmonic
Orchestra season with the Beethoven C-minor piano concerto, which he also performed with the Korean
Symphony Orchestra. A regular guest of the International Academy of Music, he has performed six consecutive
years in Italy, opened the first International Academy of Music in Burgos, Spain, and has appeared six times in St.
Petersburg, Russia. He has been the subject of numerous programs and interviews on TV, radio, in print and on-
Phillip Kawin has recently released a critically acclaimed Double CD Set of solo works by Beethoven, Schumann,
Liszt, and Prokofiev, which also includes an exclusive interview with radio talk show host and famed author David
Dubal on the Master Performers label. His 5 DVDs for Excellence in Music, Inc. recorded live at the
World Piano Pedagogy Conferences, are available on www.pianovision.com. They include master classes and
such original lecture titles as: Sound Principles and Principles of Sound, Cultivating Pianistic Command,
and Assimilation: The Key To Unleashing A Student’s Potential.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Phillip Kawin began his piano studies at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he
was invited by Jules Gentil to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he graduated at the age of
eighteen. He then continued his education in New York City, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music
degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as a protege of the legendary Dora Zaslavsky-Koch, a pupil of Harold
Bauer and Wilhelm Backhaus. He also studied with John Perry.
Phillip Kawin is a Steinway Artist.
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