Paul Schenly

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Paul Schenly
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Paul Schenly (left)
Background information
Born (1948-04-15) April 15, 1948 (age 71)
Munich, Germany

Paul Schenly (born April 15, 1948) is an American classical pianist. He is the head of the piano department at the Cleveland Institute of Music[1] and is the founder and director of the summer music festival Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York.[2] He also serves as the artistic director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Early life and education[edit]

Paul Schenly was born in Munich in 1948. He lived in South America before coming to the United States at the age of five. He holds a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Victor Babin.[3]


Schenly, the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been a soloist with a number of major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. He has appeared with many of the world's leading conductors including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Christoph von Dohnányi, Edo de Waart, Mstislav Rostropovich, Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta, Robert Shaw, and Aaron Copland.[1]

Schenly made two United States tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and toured with the same orchestra in Europe. He has appeared in many summer festivals, including repeated performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ravinia Festival, Blossom Music Center, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He appeared in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and in acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall.[4] He serves on the advisory board of the American Pianists Foundation and on the nominating committee for the Gilmore Piano Foundation. He has recorded for Sine Qua Non and RCA, was artist-in-residence at the Ravinia Festival, and was a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West.


Paul Schenly founded Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York, in 1989. Former Pianofest students include and Awadagin Pratt, Anthony Molinaro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, Hsin-Bei Lee, Myong Joo-Lee, Margarita Shevchenko, Alexander Slobodyanik, Orion Weiss, Michael Brown, Andrew Russo, Yung Wook Yoo, Qin Chuan, Van Cuong, Konstantin Soukhovetski, Soyeon Lee, and, more recently, Di Wu, Daria Rabotkina, and Gilles Vonsattel. Former guest artists include Yefim Bronfman, Andre Watts, Richard Goode, Anton Nel, Claude Frank, Arie Vardi, Melvin Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, Blair McMillen, and Yoheved Kaplinsky.


Schenly currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City, and during the summer, in East Hampton.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Faculty Page Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine, Cleveland Institute of Music,
  2. ^ Barbara Delatiner (June 15, 1997). "Prize Musicians Warm Up For Summer". The New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Pianofest". Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Alolen Hughes (March 4, 1982). "Piano: Schenly Plays Mussorgsky". The New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2010.

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