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BiographyPianist Anne Epperson enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. She made her debut at age twelve with the New Orleans Philharmonic under Alexander Hilsberg. After studies at Louisiana State University and the Juilliard School, she entered graduate school at the University of Southern California and was appointed staff pianist for the master classes of renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz. This auspicious beginning led to a successful career as a collaborative partner. Ms. Epperson has appeared in concert with distinguished artists throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Korea. Critics have praised her collaborative artistry: New York Times “..an excellent partner…technical ability and musicality admirably displayed..”; Seattle Times “..extraordinarily sensitive and well-realized work…. a gifted accompanist..”; Los Angeles Times “…eloquent support..”; Cleveland Plain Dealer “…..Epperson is a chamber music pianist with few peers..”.
She has recorded for Vanguard, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Claves and has produced and edited recordings for Nonesuch and Azica.
Her career as an educator is equally impressive. She joined the illustrious faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2016 as Professor of Collaborative Piano, creating a new program offering three graduate degrees in collaborative piano. She has also been appointed Chair of the newly created Chamber and Collaborative Music Department. Prof. Epperson created and developed a graduate degree program at The University of Texas at Austin and was Professor of Collaborative Piano there from 2008 to 2017. From 2004-2008 she was Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Music, where she also created and developed a new graduate degree program. She was Professor of Music and Director of Collaborative Arts at the University of California – Santa Barbara from 2001 – 2004 and from 1985 – 2001 she was head of the Collaborative Piano Department (a department and degree program that she created) at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previous faculty positions include teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
She has been juror for many prestigious competitions, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation competitions, the Fischoff Chamber Music competitions, the Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, the Plowman Chamber Music competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Corpus Christi International Young Artists Competition and the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Ms. Epperson has been a panelist, lecturer, performer and master class presenter for the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Colorado Music Teachers Association, the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the Indiana Music Teachers Association, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association, the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association and the Vocal Arts Resource Network in Ohio. She is active as a consultant and advisor in the development of collaborative piano programs nationally and internationally.
Anne Epperson was on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1992-2006, teaching, performing and administering the collaborative piano program she designed. Since retiring from the Music Academy, she has been guest artist at various summer festivals, including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs and the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has been a guest performer and coach at the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Festival – Institute at Round Top, the Garth Newel Summer Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Meadowmount School for Strings, among others.