Professor Phillip Kawin
Photo Credit _ Evgeny Evtyukhov
Phillip Kawin’s performances are always deeply considered: he follows in a lineage from Cortot and was influenced by Dora Zaslavsky Koch, a student of Bauer and Backhaus. Kawin’s reading of the Beethoven C minor concerto combines a strong grasp of structure with intense concentration on detail, as did his previously issued Appassionata....
International Piano / No. 59 September 2019
By Colin Clarke
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor OP. 37
_ English, French
The Manhattan School of Music, New York
Phillip Kawin has developed a highly individual pedagogical approach that has established him as a much sought after artist-teacher. His concepts have evolved through an eclectic background of training that combines a variety of artistic and esthetic influences. He has created a teaching methodology that presents the principles of technique and musicianship in a detailed analytical approach—an approach that does not ignore the intuitive aspect of music-making. Mr. Kawin studied with Alfred Cortot‘s long-time associate Jules Gentil at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, in New York City with Howard Aibel (Rosina Lhevinne’s assistant), with John Perry, and later with Dora Zaslavsky (who had studied with Wilhelm Backhaus and Harold Bauer) at Manhattan School of Music. In 1989, Mr. Kawin was appointed to the college faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he currently works with a select studio of advanced and highly gifted pupils from diverse corners of the globe.
Mr. Kawin’s students have won top honors in the Young Concert Artists Auditions as well as in the Martha Argerich International, Jacob Flier International, World Piano, Kosciuszko, Thelonious Monk International (jazz piano), Melilla in Spain, Heida Hermanns, Soulima Stravinsky International, Josef Hofmann, Mieczyslaw Munz, Leschetizky, and Long–Thibaud Crespin International competitions. Phillip Kawin is in constant demand at premier international conferences and festivals, having given his renowned lectures and insightful master classes in Russia, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., and throughout Australia. A critic writes: “During these moments, the highest art of piano playing came into view. An image of great pianism not as a demonstration of velocity, or accuracy, but great pianism as absolute control of sound. Phillip Kawin leads his students to reach for that sound, a sound that borders on the architectural and the orchestral. Once heard, that sound stays in the ear-hauntingly. When the master class was over, we were fatigued physically, but mentally stimulated. The sound, and those ideas would remain, they are all too rare. ” (Atlanta Music Teachers Association master class) For the past 17 years, he has been in residence at the PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz (New York), an International Institute/Festival, as well as appearing regularly at the Summit Music Festival (New York), the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Italy), and the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (China). Phillip Kawin has been a guest adjudicator for such competitions as the Beethoven International Piano Competition Vienna, Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition (four times), Sydney International, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Suwon, Korea). He is featured on five DVDs (master classes and lectures) for Excellence in Music, Inc., recorded live at the annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference(s).
Phillip Kawin has received critical acclaim for his performances in venues all over the world - from Sydney’s Angel Place Recital Hall to Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall - which have received critical acclaim: “… Kawin came out to play Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat, probably like no pianist, let alone the composer himself, has played it. A mesmerizing power, devoid of percussiveness and angularity associated with Prokofiev’s piano scores, emanates from Kawin’s moulding touch that evolves to diabolic mysterium.”(New Paltz, New York) As recitalist and as soloist with orchestra, he has performed throughout Australia, China, Korea, Italy, Russia, Spain and the US. Phillip Kawin has an exclusive recording contract with the Master Performers Record Label. His debut album featuring works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Prokofiev was launched at Steinway Hall in New York in 2008, and received with critical acclaim. His all-Schubert CD recorded in June 2014 under the direction of renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steven Epstein, was released in 2015.
Mr. Kawin has given master classes at the Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Seoul National University, Van Cliburn Piano Institute, among many others. Most recently, he gave master classes at the DMZ and the Busan international festivals in South Korea; the Harvard Club in New York (the first-ever class at that historic venue); Summit Music Festival; and for the Sibelius Academy in Finland, through the Symposium and Practicum in Synchronous Distance Learning.
Phillip Kawin is a Steinway Artist.
菲利普·凯文先生在世界各地的演出获得了许多乐评的赞扬，从悉尼的天使广场演奏厅到北京的中山音乐堂。一则乐评中写道：“… 凯文出来演奏普罗科菲耶夫降B大调第7号奏鸣曲，不像任何其他演奏此曲的钢琴家或作曲家本人。凯文塑造性的触键中并没有与普罗科菲耶夫的钢琴乐谱通常有关联的打击性、有棱角的声音，反而放射出一种迷人的力量，逐渐演变成魔鬼般的神秘效果。”他曾在澳大利亚，中国，韩国，意大利，俄罗斯，西班牙和美国演奏独奏音乐会以及与乐团合奏演奏协奏曲。此外他与Master Performers唱片公司签有独家录音合同。他的首张专辑2008年在纽约斯坦威音乐厅发行，由贝多芬，舒曼，李斯特和普罗科菲耶夫的作品所组成，收到了乐评的好评。他全舒伯特作品的专辑于2014年6月录制完成，由著名的音乐制作人、格莱美奖获得者史蒂芬·艾普斯坦监制，已于2015年夏天发行。