CU - Boulder: Piano Faculty Master Class and Concert

Please join us at Schmitt Music Denver for a special Master Class and Performance presented by members of the University of Colorado – Boulder keyboard faculty, Andrew Cooperstock, Alejandro Cremaschi, Jennifer Hayghe and David Korevaar on Saturday, April 28 from 1PM to 3PM – free and open to the public!

The schedule of events includes:

  • Introduction made by Alejandro Cremaschi
  • Master Class – 4 students work one-on-one with a member of the faculty (20 minutes each)
  • Showcase – one undergraduate student performance
  • Q & A session

Seating is limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Call 303-777-1900 or email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com to RSVP. If you are in high school and are interested in participating in the Master Class and Performance click here to submit an inquiry.


Andrew Cooperstock

Andrew CooperstockPianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York’s Alice Tully, Merkin, and Carnegie halls, Broadway’s 54 Below, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top international music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! New Music Festival, and in London, Beijing, Accra, Kiev, Sapporo, Canberra, Lima, and Geneva, on National Public Radio, Radio France, and the BBC.

An advocate for new music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by American composers Lowell Liebermann, John Fitz Rogers, Rob Paterson, and Aaron Copland and participated in commissioning works by Eric Stern, Robert Starer, Dan Welcher, and Meira Warshauer.

A sought-after chamber musician, Cooperstock has performed with the Takács Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Dorian Quintet, violinist James Buswell, violist Roberto Diaz, cellists Andres Diaz and András Fejér, hornist Eli Epstein, and pianist Paul Schoenfield. He is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players, a regular soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and a founder of Trio Contraste, which specializes in commissioning and performing contemporary music for piano, violin, and clarinet.

With violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two (www.opustwo.org), Cooperstock has recorded the complete works for piano and violin by Aaron Copland. The award-winning duo has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin–piano duo repertoire. The duo has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and it made its Asian debut in 2006 with performances across China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. In 2011 they were in residence with the National Symphony of Ghana, Africa, and at the University of Ghana Legon, and they were featured performers at Hong Kong’s premier chamber music festival, Hell Hot! Their appearance at Woodstock, New York’s prestigious Maverick Concerts was called “one of the most significant and worthwhile concerts of the 2010 season.” In 2013 Opus Two were guests of the United States Embassy on tour throughout Peru. With cellist Andres Diaz, Opus Two has recorded chamber music by Lowell Liebermann (Albany Records) and Paul Schoenfield (Azica Records). Opus Two’s recording of Leonard Bernstein (Naxos) features new arrangements by legendary Broadway music director Eric Stern and collaborations with Broadway actress-singer Marin Mazzie, and their following CD, a 75th-anniversary tribute to American composer George Gershwin, features a newly commissioned Eric Stern arrangement of beloved songs from Girl Crazy and collaborations with Broadway singer Ashley Brown. Cooperstock’s next solo recording, for Bridge Records, will pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary in 2018.

Andrew Cooperstock’s media credits include performances on National Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York, KVOD Denver, KUT Austin, and on Minnesota Public Radio, Radio France, and the Australian and British Broadcasting Corporations.

Prize-winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the United States Information Agency’s Artistic Ambassador Auditions, he has served as juror for the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, China’s Giant Cup Art Talent Competition, the Music Teachers National Association national competitions, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition, among others, and he has presented master classes widely, from Beijing to Nice to Vladivostok.

A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati and Peabody Conservatories, Cooperstock studied with Abbey Simon, David Bar-Illan and Walter Hautzig, as well as with collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders. Cooperstock is currently Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder and faculty member at Saarburg International Festival of Music (Germany) and Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria). He is also an honorary professor at Guangxi Arts Institute in southern China. Previous appointments include posts at the University of Oklahoma and Brevard Music Center. Cooperstock has recorded for the Naxos, Azica, Bridge and Albany labels, among others. He is a Steinway artist.


Alejandro Cremaschi

Alejandro CremaschiAlejandro Cremaschi received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Minnesota. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. He studied with Dora De Marinis, Nancy Roldan and Lydia Artymiw. He has been a soloist with the orchestras of the Universidad de Cuyo, Universidad de Tucuman, University of Minnesota and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina among others. He was a prize winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in 2001.

Cremaschi’s current pedagogical research areas include concert repertoire and pedagogical music by Argentine and Latin American composers; the influence of self-efficacy beliefs in piano students’ achievement, motivation and practicing strategies; cultural and social aspects of piano study in Latin America; the study and implementation of cooperative learning strategies in the piano classroom; and the use of technology to aid the acquisition and training of music reading skills. He has been a presenter at national and international conferences including numerous Music Teachers National Association annual conferences, College Music Society national conferences, and the International Society for Music Education conference. He has published articles in the Research Studies in Music Education journal, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, European Piano Teachers Association magazine, the Journal for Technology in Music Teaching, the Piano Pedagogy Forum online journal, Clavier, The Instrumentalist, and Keyboard Companion magazines. His software reviews have appeared in the American Music Teacher magazine.

Cremaschi is in demand as a specialist on Latin American piano music. Between 1996 and 2002, he was a member of the Argentine Foundation “Ostinato,” founded and directed by his former teacher Dora De Marinis. As a member of this foundation, and in collaboration with other members, he recorded Argentine music for the labels IRCO, Ostinato and Marco Polo, and participated in concert tours in the US and Europe. Since 2004, he actively collaborates with the Argentine composer and CU professor emeritus Luis Jorge Gonzalez. His recordings of solo and chamber music by Dr. Gonzalez’s have been released in the CDs Las Puertas del Tiempo (2009) and Fervor (2012) by the British label Meridian. Las Puertas del Tiempo was praised by Fanfare Magazine as “exemplary.”

Alejandro Cremaschi teaches piano pedagogy, applied piano, class piano and keyboard harmony, and coordinates the class piano area at CU. He was the President of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association between 2012 and 2014.


Jennifer Hayghe

Jennifer HaygheJennifer Hayghe has performed in solo recitals and made orchestral appearances throughout the world, including the United States, Europe and Asia. Hayghe received her bachelors, masters degrees and doctorate degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. Hayghe won every award possible for a Juilliard pianist to receive, including the William Petschek Debut Award, resulting in her New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall.

Hayghe’s orchestral appearances include performances on numerous series with the National Symphony Orchestra, recent concerts with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and performances with various orchestras in the United States and abroad. She has performed in major chamber music series, including the Museum of Modern Art’s “Summergarden” series and Bargemusic in New York. She has also performed as a chamber musician in the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and has taught chamber music throughout the United States and Central America. In addition, Hayghe has been frequently featured in radio broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s Performance Today series, and on live broadcasts on the major classical radio stations of Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City. Her first solo recording, Paintings From the Piano, featuring works by Debussy, Schumann and Mussorgksy, was recently released by Centaur Records.

Formerly an Associate Professor of Piano at Ithaca College, Hayghe has served as a featured artist at music teachers’ conventions in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Virginia. Most recently, Hayghe has given master classes at the Manhattan School of Music and as part of the New York University Piano Master Class Series. She has performed and taught as a soloist and chamber musician at universities and colleges throughout the country and was previously the Barineau Endowed Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator at Louisiana State University. She lives with her husband, Robert McGaha, and son William in Erie, Colorado.


David Korevaar

David KorevaarPianist David Korevaar balances his active performing schedule with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano. He is a 2016 honoree as Distinguished Research Lecturer at the University of Colorado.

Since his New York debut at Town Hall in 1985, Korevaar has performed in many roles, as solo recitalist, as soloist with orchestra, as chamber musician and collaborator, as well as (more recently) expanding into the world of theater and dance. He has performed throughout the United States, and he is heard frequently in his home state of Colorado. Internationally, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and around Europe from Riga, Latvia, to Heidelberg, Germany. He is a frequent visitor to Japan, performing and teaching. He has also performed and taught in Central Asia under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Envoy program. In May 2016, Korevaar spent two weeks teaching at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.

A passionate and committed collaborator, Korevaar is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, currently resident at The Academy in Boulder, and performed for many years as a member of the Clavier Trio. He is a regular guest with the Takács Quartet, and has collaborated with other ensembles including the Manhattan, Colorado, Shanghai and Chester quartets. He continues to perform and record with distinguished colleagues including violinists Charles Wetherbee, Harumi Rhodes and Edward Dusinberre, violists Geraldine Walther and Matthew Dane and flutist Christina Jennings, among others.

Korevaar’s most recent additions to his extensive discography are a Chopin CD for MSR Classics, featuring a compelling selection of the composer’s piano masterpieces, and a disc for Naxos with Charles Wetherbee of world-premiere recordings of works for violin and viola with piano by the Hungarian-born Parisian composer Tibor Harsányi. Korevaar is well known for his Bach recordings, which include the Six Partitas, Goldberg Variations and both books of the “Well-Tempered Clavier.” His explorations of standard repertoire include a discs of Beethoven Sonatas, Brahms Variations, music by Ravel and more. He has also recorded solo and chamber music of Paul Hindemith (three discs), solo piano music by Ernst von Dohnányi, a disc of Fauré and rarely heard treasures by French composers including Aubert and Roger-Ducasse from the University of Colorado’s Ricardo Viñes Piano Music Collection. His longstanding work with the American composer Lowell Liebermann has resulted in four CDs to date, including two collections of solo piano music, an album with flutist Alexa Still and a chamber music compilation with members of the Boulder Piano Quartet and baritone Patrick Mason.

Korevaar’s interest in new music continues to be important, with recent premiers of works by Colorado colleagues Michael Theodore and Mike Barnett, his longstanding advocacy of the music of Lowell Liebermann and performances and recordings of works by David Carlson, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Paul Schoenfield, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Rochberg, George Crumb, Stephen Jaffe, Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, Harrison Birtwistle and many others.

Korevaar has collaborated with Tim Smith on a number of Bach-related websites, now housed under the auspices of the Oregon Bach Festival’s Digital Bach compendium. These include in-depth explorations of the Goldberg Variations and the “Well-Tempered Clavier.”

In May 2000 he received the Richard French award from the Juilliard School, honoring his doctoral document on Ravel’s “Miroirs.” Other honors include top prizes from the University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano Competition (1988) and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation (1985), as well as a special prize for his performance of French music from the Robert Casadesus Competition (1989).

David Korevaar began his piano studies at age six in San Diego with Sherman Storr, and at age 13 he became a student of the great American virtuoso Earl Wild. By age 20 he had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon. Another important mentor and teacher was the French pianist Paul Doguereau, who had been a student of Egon Petri and who had studied the music of Fauré and Debussy with Roger-Ducasse (a pupil of Fauré’s), and the music of Ravel with the composer.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Colorado in 2000, Korevaar taught for many years at the Westport School of Music in Connecticut, where he was Artist-Teacher. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas, with his family. He is a Kawai artist.