Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Keyboard Studies
Office: RHM 200
John Perry, professor, keyboard studies, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Eastman School of Music and was a student of Cecile Genhart. During those summers, he worked with the eminent Frank Mannheimer. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, he continued studies in Europe for four years where he worked with Wladyslav Kedra, Polish concert artist and professor at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna, and Carlo Zecchi, renowned conductor, pianist, and head of the piano department at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome.
Mr. Perry has won numerous awards including the highest prizes in both the Busoni and Viotti international piano competitions in Italy and special honors at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. Since then he has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim. Also a respected chamber musician, Mr. Perry has collaborated with some of the finest instrumentalists in the world. He also enjoys an international reputation as a teacher, presenting master classes throughout the world. His students have been prize winners in most major competitions and include two first-prize winners in the Rubinstein, four first-prize winners in the Music Teacher’s National Association national competition, and first-prize winners in the Naumburg National Chopin competition, Beethoven Foundation competition, the Federated Music Clubs, and the YKA, AMSC, and YMF competitions, and finalists in the Chopin International in Warsaw, the Van Cliburn, the Queen Elisabeth, Busoni, Viotti and the Three Rivers competitions.
In addition to his position as professor of music at the USC Thornton School, Mr. Perry is also visiting artist teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a member of the faculty of the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, the Idyllwild School of the Arts in Idyllwild, California, and frequent guest faculty at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada. During the summer he is an artist-teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Holland Music Sessions, as well as visiting faculty at other national and international music festivals. His recordings are available on the Telefunken, Musical Heritage Society, CBC, ACA and Fox labels.