Acclaimed as one of the premiere Chopin pianists of our time, the internationally renowned soloist and revered pedagogue Ann Schein has returned to the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Since her debut in Mexico City in 1957 when she performed both the Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto and the Tchaikovsky B-flat Concerto, she has performed thousands of concerts on every continent. Her amazing career has earned her praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world. Having been a student at Peabody, Schein has also previously taught at the Conservatory from 1980 to 2001 and in 2012, was honored with its Distinguished Alumni Award. She has also taught the Aspen Music Festival and School, as visiting faculty at Indiana University the Eastman School of Music, and on the piano faculty of the Mannes School. In 2018, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts award by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2019, she was honored at the Peabody Conservatory for her 80th birthday performing the Chopin F minor Concerto with Edward Polochick, conductor. And in 2020, she celebrated 40 years since her 1980 Chopin Series in Alice Tully Hall and her 80th birthday with an all-Chopin recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
In returning to the Peabody faculty, Schein joins a Piano Department with a long tradition of excellence dating from the days of Arthur Friedheim. Today’s diverse roster of renowned artist-faculty includes Richard Goode, Marian Hahn, Seth Knopp, Ellen Mack, Yong Hi Moon, Yoshikazu Nagai, Benjamin Pasternack, Alexander Shtarkman, and Steven Spooner. The Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum, a model at the forefront of arts training in the United States, is designed to help students develop skills in performance excellence, career development, and citizen artistry to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing musical landscape.