Rebecca Penneys Bio

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“Penneys’ playing is nothing short of amazing”     —Fanfare Magazine

American pianist Rebecca Penneys is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator and adjudicator. For over six decades her passionate and insightful performances have held audiences spellbound. Hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent, she possesses a daredevil technique, the sort of charismatic stage presence that demands attention, and an interpretive gift that make her performances into musical revelations.

Rebecca has concertized throughout all the continents north of Antarctica and she has represented the United States on United States Information Service State Department Cultural tours. Rebecca’s playing leaves an indelible impression. Her current CD’s and DVD’s on Naxos, Fleur De Son Classics and Centaur Records have received worldwide acclaim and are eloquent testimonies of a major artist of intelligence, originality, massive technique and bravura temperament. American Record Guide says: “Penneys offers an extraordinary collection of performances displaying an astonishing control over piano sound. It is absolutely gorgeous and full of unimaginable colors. She sings through the instrument, seemingly without effort. Her playing is simply revelatory.”

Born in Los Angeles, Rebecca made her recital debut at the age of nine and performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra when she was eleven. At seventeen, after winning several young artist competitions in the United States, she was awarded the unprecedented Special Critics’ Prize, created in her honor, at the Seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Critics there said: “A sensational effect was created by the playing of Rebecca Penneys. She is a genius of the piano.” Subsequently, she won the Most Outstanding Musician Prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Portugal) and was Top Prizewinner in the Second Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Spain). She made her New York Debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1972, and in 1974 she founded the acclaimed New Arts Trio, which won the prestigious Naumburg Award for Chamber Music in New York City on two separate occasions. The Trio was Trio-in-Residence at the Chautauqua Institution from 1978-2012.

A renowned Steinway Artist, Rebecca is a popular guest artist, keynote speaker and celebrated teacher. She has received extensive recognition for her ability to teach keyboard technique (Motion and Emotion) that allows pianists to achieve individual performance goals without physical strain or injury. In 2013, Rebecca launched the non-profit Rebecca Penneys Friends of Piano to support the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and RPPF-Mini. Both events, held at the University of South Florida, are tuition-free for collegiate pianists worldwide. Rebecca is currently Professor Emerita of Piano at Eastman School of Music, Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg College where she directs the St Petersburg College Piano Series, and Courtesy-Steinway-Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Florida. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle notes, “In an age of pianistic sameness, Penneys shines as a true original.” Rebecca’s teachers included Aube Tzerko, Leonard Stein, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and Iannis Xenakis. Here are interview and review links.

Learn more at rebeccapenneys.com, rebecccapenneyspianofestival.org & on her YouTube channel.

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Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator, and adjudicator. For over six decades she has been hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent. Her recent two DVD’s have been released and reviewed. Here is the link to read the reviews.

Rebecca has played throughout the USA, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Canada. She possesses a daredevil technique, a charismatic stage presence, and a rare gift for interpretation. She is a popular guest artist, keynote speaker, and pedagogue nationally and internationally. Her current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and hold important teaching posts on every continent.

Combining a busy concert schedule with seminars and master classes worldwide, she taught a class of international students at Eastman School of Music for 37 years. Currently, she teaches at Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, which had its successful inaugural season in 2013. Rebecca was Professor of Piano at Eastman from 1980 until July 2017 at which time she became Professor Emerita of Piano. Since 2001, she has been Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg College, where she directs the SPC Piano Series. In 2015, she was appointed CourtesySteinway-Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is founder-pianist of the 5-concert Salon Chamber Music Trio Series in Rochester, New York which began in 1997. In 2009 she launched the Eastman Piano Series at the Summit designed to help Eastman piano majors have an annual performance venue.

Rebecca Penneys Piano Friends of Piano, a non-profit 501(c)(3), and Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival are sequels to her professional summer activities in New York State. The University of South Florida in Tampa hosts her collegiate tuition-free festival in its all-Steinway facility every July. The festival is entirely donor supported. The RPPF Ambassador Performance Series promotes festival students in concert nationwide during the summer and academic year. RPPF typically hosts 36 students from 18 countries.  RPPF-Mini, a 5-day seminar for strategies in career development is also held at USF in Tampa.

Rebecca celebrated her final season at Chautauqua in 2012. She devoted thirty-four consecutive summers there teaching, performing and building the piano and chamber music areas. Rebecca began an artist residency at Chautauqua in 1978, when she launched their chamber music program. The New Arts Trio was Trio-in-Residence from 1978-2012, and Rebecca was piano chair from 1985-2012. The endowed Penneys Garden 2008, in honor of her parents, along with Piano Lovers Patio are part of her rich legacy and many gifts to that institution.

Rebecca made her recital debut at age 9 and performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra when she was 11. At 17, after winning many young artist competitions in the USA, she was awarded the unprecedented Special Critics’ Prize at the Seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, an award created in her honor. Additionally, she won the Most Outstanding Musician Prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Portugal) 1970 and was top prizewinner in the Second Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Spain) 1975. She made her New York Debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1972. In 1974, she founded the acclaimed New Arts Trio, which twice won the prestigious Naumburg Award for Chamber Music 1980 and 1982. The Trio made two USIS Cultural State Department tours of Europe 1983, 1986.  Rebecca made a solo USIS State Department tour of Japan in 1980. Between 1974 and 2009 she made a minimum of two annual month-long trips abroad performing and teaching in major cities of the world. Her artistry and insight have won her a large and loyal following.

Rebecca has also held additional appointments at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC, 1972-1974 and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, WI, 1974-1980 where she was piano Chair. Rebecca’s teachers include Aube Tzerko, Leonard Stein, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and Iannis Xenakis. She has been recognized for her ability to teach a natural keyboard technique, Motion & Emotion, that allows pianists to achieve performance goals and handle stress without physical strain or injury. She has taught and performed in such summer festivals as Eastern Music Festival, Sitka, Marlboro, Woodstock, Aspen, Vermont Mozart, Montreal, Tel Hai Israel, Tibor Varga, Birch Creek, International Music, Shawnigan Johannesen, Peninsula, Roycroft, Mammoth Lakes, Southeastern Piano Festival and Music Mountain.

Rebecca has more than a dozen current CDs on Fleur De Son Classics and Centaur Records. Four DVD’s for Naxos will be completed by 2021. DVD 1 has the music of Brahms, Debussy and De Falla, DVD 2 is a celebration of Chopin, DVD 3 underscores the spirituality of Brahms and enjoys Soler, Scarlatti and piano rags, and DVD 4 is Schubert. Recently she made a long teaching and performing trip to South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and she performed and taught in South America and Asia. Please visit her on-line at rebeccapenneys.com,  rebeccapenneyspianofesatival.org and on her YouTube channel. Here are interesting interview and review links.

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Pianist Rebecca Penneys is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator and adjudicator. For over six decades she has been hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent. Rebecca has played throughout the USA, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Middle East and Canada. She is a popular guest artist, keynote speaker and teacher nationally and internationally. She is an exclusive Steinway Artist and has given many concerts for Steinway & Sons and the United States State Department. Combining a busy concert schedule with seminars and master classes worldwide, she taught international students at Eastman School of Music for thirty-seven years and at the Chautauqua Music Festival for thirty-four years. She has taught at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival for eight years. Her current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions and hold important teaching posts on every continent.

Rebecca made her recital debut at age 9, and performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra when she was 11. At 17, after winning many young artist competitions in the USA she was awarded the unprecedented Special Critics’ Prize at the Seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, an award created in her honor. Additionally, she won the Most Outstanding Musician Prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Portugal) and was top prizewinner in the Second Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Spain). She made her New York Debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1972. In 1974, she founded the acclaimed New Arts Trio, which twice won the prestigious Naumburg Award for Chamber Music (New York City).

In July 2017, Rebecca became Professor Emerita of Piano at Eastman School of Music. Since 2001, she has been Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg College, Florida, and in 2007 she was appointed director of the St Petersburg College Piano Series. In 2015 she was appointed Courtesy-Steinway-Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Florida. She continues as founder-pianist of the Salon Chamber Music Subscription Series at the Rochester Academy of Medicine which started in 1997, and founder-director of Eastman Piano Series at the Summit which she started in 2009. Rebecca launched the Rebecca Penneys Friends of Piano (non-profit 501c3) and the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in 2013. The University of South Florida in Tampa hosts the collegiate tuition-free festival every July. RPPF-Mini, an annual 5-day seminar for strategies in career development is also held at USF.

Rebecca’s teachers include Aube Tzerko, Leonard Stein, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and Iannis Xenakis. She has taught and performed in such summer festivals as Southeastern Music Festival, Sitka, Marlboro, Eastern, Aspen, Vermont Mozart, Montreal, Tel Hai Israel, Shawnigan Johannesen, Peninsula, Roycroft, Mammoth Lakes, Eastern Music Festival, and Music Mountain. Rebecca has more than a dozen current CDs on Fleur De Son Classics and Centaur Records. Her 1st DVD includes music of Brahms, Debussy and De Falla; the 2nd DVD celebrates the music of Chopin; No 3 DVD underscores the spirituality of Brahms and enjoys Soler, Scarlatti and piano rags.

Here are interview and review links. Also to explore:
rebeccapenneys.comrebeccapenneyspianofestival.org & YouTube

Penneys offers an extraordinary collection of performances displaying an astonishing control over piano sound. It is absolutely gorgeous and full of unimaginable colors. She sings through the instrument, seemingly without effort. Her playing is simply revelatory.”  — American Record Guide