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  • Profile:

    Pianist Zelma Bodzin began concertizing at the age of five, and went on to study with Eugene List, Dieter Weber, Rosalyn Tureck, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arminda Canteros, and participated in master classes with Lili Krauss and Jorge Bolet.  Ms. Bodzin performed hundreds of concerts, including solo recitals, as soloist with orchestra, and as a member of the Haffner Ensemble in Vienna, Austria.  Critics have recognized her "acute ear and intriguing ideas" (New York Times).  A pianist with a wide range of repertoire,  from Bach — "those who were there must be deeply grateful", according to The Irish Times review of Ms. Bodzin's performance of the "Goldberg Variations" —she has included repertoire of all musical periods.  Her performances of Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" received critical and public acclaim on tour in Texas, as well as the Beethoven 4th and Tchaikovsky 3rd Concertos with the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra in Atlanta and on tour.  Recordings of her performances have been broadcast around the world, including WQXR (New York), RTE (Irish radio and television), the ORF (Austria) and Radio Free Europe (USIS).  She has also appeared on Koch International’s recordings of music of Jack Gottlieb.  Ms. Bodzin has played every genre of music – solo repertoire, concertos with orchestra, and been a collaborative pianist with singers, instrumentalists and choruses, appearing in New York at Weill Hall, at Alice Tully Hall with the New York Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theatre.

    She is a coach, artistic consultant, teacher, producer of cds and dvds, and music editor.  Ms. Bodzin is regularly an adjudicator at competitions, from Dublin, Ireland (Dublin International Piano Competition, May 2018) to Sofia, Bulgaria and the French Caribbean.  She has been a member of the jury at the Aarhus (Denmark) International Piano Competition (2013 and 2015), the Tureck Bach International Competition (2014), the Leschetizky Concerto Competition for Gifted Young Pianists (2013 and 2015), International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City (2006-8), and the Buono-Bradshaw Competition.  She was also invited to judge the MTNA Competitions in 2013.  She has given master classes in Norway, Finland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Malta, Germany and Guadeloupe, in New York, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida.   Ms. Bodzin is a member of the piano faculty at Mannes College/The New School and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.  At Mannes, she initiated the Ensemble Piano class, a performance course, where it is available to undergraduate pianists.  In 2016, she offered a two-day Master Class at the Teachers College in Bergen, Norway, and continues to maintain teaching there. She was invited for a week of Master Classes at Adamant in Vermont. She has given master classes in Norway, Finland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Malta, Germany and Guadeloupe, as well as in the United States, in New York, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida.  Ms. Bodzin is the artistic advisor on award-winning recordings both in the U.S. and Canada.  She is Chair of the Leschetizky Association’s Concert Committee and the Association’s current president, a past president of the New York State Music Teachers Association, and was appointed to a national grant-review committee of the Music Teachers National Association.Winner, Atlanta Young Artists Competition, Performances with Atlanta Chamber Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony and Florida Symphony Soloists, among others. Member of Haffner Chamber Ensemble in Vienna and the New York Chamber Symphony. New York debut 1981, recitals in New York and throughout the US, Dublin, Vienna, La Valetta, Jerusalem, Helsinki. Master Classes in Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Malta, Guadeloupe, and the US. Radio and television recordings; WQXR, RTE (Ireland) and ORF (Austria). Faculty, 92nd Street Y School of Music (1997-present), Mannes (since 2004), member of the Leschetitsky Association, Piano Teachers Congress and current president of New York State Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of MTNA.

    Current Courses:

    Ensemble Piano: Duets