Assistant Professor of Music Theory, 2012-17Department:
American pianist Johnandrew Slominski enjoys a distinguished reputation as a performer, theorist, author, speaker, and pedagogue. His elegant playing has earned praise from composers and critics alike. Slominski has been hailed as “a remarkable, brilliant, and gifted pianist” (Chautauquan Daily), commended for performing with “a great deal of intellect” (KBPS 89.9 FM Portland), and recognized for his communicative performance: “I was profoundly moved by his performance… He has a musicianship that transcends his youthfulness.” (Eye on Sun Valley). His 2016 San Francisco concert debut, presented by the New Piano Collective, earned praise as “awe-inspiring” and “ear-opening” from Stephen Smoliar of the San Francisco Examiner. Slominski seamlessly navigates the landscape of a varied and thriving career as a soloist, chamber musician, music theorist, author, pedagogue, and speaker. Highlights of the current season include performances of piano concerti of Schumann and Mozart, a set of recordings for Oxford University Press, a forthcoming CD of solo piano music on the Centaur label, a recently published article in Music Theory Online (the digital publication of the Society for Music Theory), and more than a dozen teaching and speaking engagements nationwide.
A child prodigy, Slominski gave his first public performance at age 5, won his first piano competition at age 6, and entered college at 15. By 21, Slominski earned three degrees from the Eastman School of Music including a Master of Music in Performance and Literature, a Master of Arts in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance; his first professorship followed two years later. He was unanimously nominated for (and received) Eastman’s coveted Performer’s Certificate in recognition of outstanding concert artistry—the youngest individual to have received that honor. While completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman, he was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship in recognition for his musicological research. His innovative performance projects and pedagogical research have been supported by grants from institutions including the Classics Abroad Society and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. A specialist in the field of eighteenth-century music, Slominski is the founder and director of Classical Music on the Spot an institute at the Eastman School of Music dedicated to the research, pedagogy, and performance of eighteenth-century style improvisation at the keyboard.
Praised for his virtuosity, innovative programming, and broad repertoire, Slominski performs throughout the United States and abroad; recent guest artist appearances have included concerts, master classes, and lectures at the Chautauqua Institution for Fine and Performing Arts (NY), Sarasota Music Festival (FL), Sarasota Steinway Society (FL), St. Petersburg College Piano Series (FL), Dakota Sky International Piano Festival (SD), Sunderman Recital Series (PA), Sherman Clay Steinway, Portland (OR), Sun Valley Artist Series (ID), Jan Deyl Conservatory (Czech Republic), Salle Cortot (France), and the Tel Aviv Early Music Seminar (Israel). As a competition laureate, Slominski was awarded first prize in the Chautauqua International Piano Competition and was the silver medalist in the inaugural International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition. His recordings have been broadcast domestically by National Public Radio and are included in publications by Oxford University Press. His principal studies were with Rebecca , and; additional teachers have included Robert Levin, John Perry, Steven Laitz, Dorothy Fahlman, Malcolm Bilson, Joseph Silverstein, and Jean-Francois Antonioli. Slominski has held teaching positions at the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and Virginia Commonwealth University and he has served as a joint faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in both piano and music theory. Since 2012 Slominski has held the position of Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and is a founding faculty member of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida, where he teaches in the summer months. Slominski is a New Piano Collective artist.