Elvina Pearce studied piano in NYC with Isabelle Vengerova (whose students included Samuel Barber, Gary Graffman and Leonard Bernstein). She was also a pedagogy student of Frances Clark, and one of the founders of the New School for Music Study and the Frances Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in Princeton, NJ.
For 14 years, she taught piano and pedagogy at Northwestern University, and from 2000—2006, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Companion Magazine.
Elvina’s concert career is highlighted by a performance of the Liszt Concerto in E-flat with the Chicago Symphony, and by solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
She has presented workshops and recitals in more than 40 states as well as in Canada, the Republic of China, and Australia. Elvina is nationally recognized as a composer of more than 25 published collections of piano music, and is the author of a best-selling book, “The Success Factor in Piano Teaching: Making Practice Perfect” (available via Amazon).
Her awards include a 2008 nomination as an MTNA Foundation Fellow. In 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in recognition of her dedicated service to music-teaching and music-making for more than 50 years, and in 2014, Elvina was inducted into the Illinois Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.
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