You are here

Guest Artist Master Class: Jeremy Samolesky, piano 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 4:30pm
  • Jeremy Samolesky, piano
    Jeremy Samolesky, piano

UW Music alumnus Jeremy Samolesky, former piano student of Robin McCabe who is now professor of piano at Auburn University, leads a master class with UW piano students. 

Artist Bio

Jeremy Samolesky, a native of Manitoba, Canada, serves as Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard

Studies at Auburn University. Known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances,

Samolesky has appeared on concert stages across four continents including a full recital at the Kennedy

Center in Washington D.C., broadcast nationally on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Samolesky performs

and teaches regularly at universities and conservatories around the globe, with recent appearances

throughout China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia, Ecuador, Serbia, and Italy along with

hundreds of performances and masterclasses around the U.S. His debut solo CD on Centaur Records

was praised by critics as “brilliant,” “distinguished,” and “full of intensity and drama.” His subsequent

CD with clarinetist David Odom Max Reger: The Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano, was released by

Albany Records. Samolesky was selected as the first place winner of the 2016-17 American Prize in

Piano Performance, Professional Division, prompting head judge Jeffrey Biegel to write: “Love his

playing, very beautiful and sensitive; has tremendous potential for garnering major attention.”

Festival appearances include the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre (Quebec), the Agassiz

Music Festival (Winnipeg), the Courtenay Music Festival (B.C.), the Methow Music Festival (WA), the

Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy), and the Chigiana Music Academy (Siena). Broadcasts of his

performances have been heard on Seattle’s KING FM, Canada’s CBC and CJOB, WDAZ (ND), Troy Public

Radio (AL) and Columbus Public Radio (GA). Dr. Samolesky was also featured in a documentary on the

piano music of Sergei Prokofiev, produced by the Manitoba Television Network. Dedicated to the

promotion of new music, Samolesky often works directly with living composers in preparing

performances of their works, having given recent premieres by composers such as David Maslanka,

David Plylar, and Carl Vollrath.

Dr. Samolesky’s students are frequent competition winners and regularly receive

prestigious scholarships and assistantships at renowned graduate music programs throughout the U.S.

For his achievements, he was awarded the “Excellence in Teaching” award from Auburn University. In

demand as an adjudicator, Samolesky regularly serves as a judge throughout the U.S. and

internationally, most recently for the 2018 Hong Kong Schools Piano Competitions. Dr. Samolesky

achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees (Piano Performance and

Collaborative Piano) and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He received his

MM at the University of Washington under Dr. Robin McCabe and BM at the University of Manitoba

studying with Dr. Delores Keahey. Samolesky spends his summers as Artist Faculty at the Orfeo

International Music Festival in the Italian Alps.