Keyboard Studies News

Alumnus Martin Leung performs with the Academic Leipzig Orchestra

November 20, 2017

On November 13th, Keyboard Studies alumnus Martin Leung (DMA ’15, piano) performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig (Academic Leipzig Orchestra) under maestro Horst Förster. Leung received the opportunity to perform at the Leipzig Gewandhaus after winning first prize in the concerto division of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano competition last […]


This Saturday, Thornton celebrates new music from “Noon to Midnight” with the LA Phil

November 14, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will welcome the city’s most adventurous music audiences to Walt Disney Concert Hall for a day-long celebration of contemporary composition, Noon to Midnight. In addition to performances by Steven Schick, Rage Thormbones, LA Signal Lab, Los Angeles Electric 8, wild Up, red fish blue fish, gnarwhallaby, SASSAS, […]


Thornton students sweep video performance competition

November 14, 2017

Students from USC Thornton’s Classical Division have swept the first James Ramos International Video Competition, a joint venture of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) and Social Media Works. Recognizing that Youtube and Facebook have become important video platforms for musicians to audition and to share their artistry with the world, the competition […]


Jeffrey Kahane on conducting from the keyboard

November 9, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty Jeffrey Kahane boasts a celebrated career in piano and conducting, and part of his expertise is in doing both simultaneously. In a recent feature on the website of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Kahane mentions that dividing his attention between the piano and the orchestra requires tremendous skill, but it’s […]


Keyboard Studies DMA candidates contribute to CAPMT conference and journal

October 26, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies DMA candidates Michael Krikorian, Daniel Linder, Eva Schaumkell and Alexander Zhu were recently selected to present a research poster at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) state conference in Fresno. The students, all of whom are MTNA USC Collegiate Chapter members, presented on the subject of “Demystifying 20th and […]


Andrew Brownell takes piano position at UT-Austin

October 17, 2017

Andrew Brownell (MM ’03, Keyboard Studies) recently took the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Brownell tutored at the University of Cambridge for five years and taught at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp. He has worked with orchestras such as the Hallé […]


Applications are now open for the LA Phil’s Hack Music LA

August 29, 2017

Applications are now open for Hack Music LA, a two-day event (October 7 & 8) that will bring together 75 of the country’s most creative makers to develop tools and experiences to expand music for all. The innovative, music-inspired hackathon is hosted by the LA Phil in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music […]


Oxford University Press releases Stewart Gordon’s new book

August 11, 2017

“Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas: A Handbook for Performers,” a book by USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Stewart Gordon, was recently published by the Oxford University Press. The book provides historical context, as well as important conceptual and interpretive information, for each of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. A well-known pianist, composer, and author, Gordon has […]


Jeffrey Kahane receives accolades for Beethoven’s Ninth with LACO

May 4, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Jeffrey Kahane received praise from both the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal for his work conducting Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Kahane has served as LACO’s music director for 20 years, the longest of any in the ensemble’s history. This summer, he […]


Jeffrey Kahane profiled in the Wall Street Journal

April 19, 2017

USC Thornton faculty member Jeffrey Kahane was profiled in the April 17 issue of the Wall Street Journal about his 20 years as music director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). In May, at the conclusion of the orchestra’s 2016-17 season, Kahane will retire from LACO to teach in Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program full time. […]


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