Richard Zimdars


The students of Richard Zimdars, Despy Karlas Professor of Piano, have won prizes in state and national competitions, received the Fulbright Grant for piano study in Germany, and hold college teaching positions in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and South Korea. Dr. Zimdars has given master classes at London's Royal Academy of Music, Dublin's Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Stuttgart and Detmold Musikhochschulen, and Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatories.

Dr. Zimdars has performed and lectured in England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, first prize in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, and a Fulbright Grant for piano study in Germany. From 2006-2008 he served on the Fulbright National Screening Committee for piano applicants.

His discography, on the Bay Cities, Spectrum, ACA, and Albany labels, includes the four violin and piano sonatas of Charles Ives, the complete piano music of Roy Harris, and solo and chamber works of Claude Baker, Bassett, Copland, Cowell, Druckman, Heiden, Ives, Persichetti, Marga Richter, Rudhyar, and Randall Thompson. Writing in Fanfare Magazine of Dr. Zimdars’ recording of Ives’ Sonata No. 1, James North said: “Of the several pianists who have essayed it on records, only Joanna MacGregor…has come close to Zimdars…her performance does not leave us shaking our heads in wonder, as this one does.”

Dr. Zimdars' articles and reviews have appeared in Clavier, The Piano Quarterly, Journal of the American Liszt Society, Notes, Clavier CompanionThe Hungarian Quarterly, and The American Music Teacher. He served on the editorial board of the last named publication from 2002-05 and is currently a contributing editor for Clavier Companion magazine.

Indiana University Press has published his translations from the German titled The Piano Master Classes of Hans von Bülow and The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt . He has lectured on the piano teaching of Franz Liszt in Budapest, Dublin, Canada, and throughout the United States.  He was artistic director of the 2011 American Liszt Festival celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Liszt.

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