Strengths, Weaknesses, and the Enjoyment Factor:
The Science of Selecting Piano Repertoire for Students
Dr. Andrew Focks
February 5 (Fri) 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An award-winning pianist, Andrew Focks has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout the United States, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, England, and China. He has made successful solo debuts in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has been broadcasted on television and radio.
Greatly in demand as a teacher, Dr. Focks’ students have performed in venues including Millennium Park (Chicago), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Carnegie Hall (New York), Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), Olympiahalle (Munich), The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the White House, and more. Dr. Focks gives frequent masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States and Europe, including at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (Chicago) and multiple state music teacher association conferences, and has been published by Piano Magazine.
Born in Germany, Focks received his early music training in the Boston area before studying at the New England Conservatory as a high-school student. He holds degrees from Florida State University (BM ’11), Rice University (MM ’13), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (DMA ’16). His teachers and mentors include Arnaldo Cohen, Jon Kimura Parker, Daniel Shapiro, Robert Levin, Read Gainsford, and Ya-Fei Chuang.
After previously serving on the faculty of several music schools, universities, and summer academies, he currently is a member of the piano and music theory faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Working with teachers and students from around the world, he is also an independent teacher and coach in the areas of piano performance, performance anxiety, music theory, ear-training, composition and improvisation.