Dr. Margarita Denenburg is an Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Heidelberg University where she teaches applied piano and pedagogy. She is an active performer who has recently presented Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” for two pianos with the pianist, Dr. Gerald Evans. The multiple performances culminated with concerts in Chambery and Le Bourget-du-Lac, France in 2015. Cleveland Music Blog called their performance “breathtakingly beautiful”, while American composer Jeffery Mumford hailed their efforts as a “refreshing fidelity to the composer's intentions“.
Equally at home with performing and teaching, Dr. Denenburg judges multiple piano competitions, including the Carmel Debut International Piano Competition, is a member of the College Music Society and the Music Teachers National Association, and has articles in press with the journal The American Music Teacher and the magazine Clavier Companion. She participated in the Keyboard Wellness Seminar in Denton, TX, exploring the Taubman approach to teaching, and served on the Board of Directors of the Music Teachers Association of California. Dr. Denenburg was recently awarded the Aigler Research Award from Heidelberg University for her work in musician’s wellness and for recording a CD with the soprano Carol Dusdieker.
After receiving her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Arizona State University, she went on to graduate with distinction with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California in 2012. She was awarded full scholarships at both institutions to pursue all three degrees. During her studies, she attended the Mannes International Keyboard Institution and Festival and the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Most recently, spring 2015, Dr. Denenburg presented at the University of Savoy and Chambery Conservatory, France, as well as in the College Music Society’s Regional Conference in Michigan State University. Topics included “Using YouTube in the College Classes and Applied Lessons” and “Challenges in the performance of the ‘Rite of Spring’ for one piano 4 hands and its’ transformation to two pianos.”
- Denenburg, M. Using Video Recording in Piano Pedagogy Classes and Beyond. Clavier Companion, in press.
- Denenburg, M. Websites, and Templates, and Tabs! Oh My! American Music Teacher, in press.
- The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy (July 29-August 1, 2015)
- The College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter (March 27-28, 2015)
- The College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter, Michigan State University, “Using YouTube in the College Classes and Applied Lessons” (March 28, 2015)
- Chambery Conservatory, Chambery, France: “Challenges in the performance of the ‘Rite of Spring’ for one piano 4 hands and its’ transformation to two pianos.” (March 5, 2015)
- Universite Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambery, France: “Using YouTube in the College Classes and Applied Lessons” (March 3, March 6, 2015)
Recent and Upcoming Performances:
- Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Tempest Tossed: The Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield, OH (May 2, 2015)
- Margarita Denenburg and Gerald Evans Duo in France:Cite dec Arts, Chambery Conservatory, France, (March 2, 2015) La Traverse, Le Bourget-du-Lac, France (March 4, 2015)
- Margarita Denenburg and Friends: Heidelberg University, Brenneman Music Hall, Tiffin, OH (February 22, 2015)
- The Eighteenth Annual Donald Bernhards Memorial Chamber Music Concert, Riedl Hall, Ohio State University (Oct. 26, 2014)
- Faculty Gala: Heidelberg University, Brenneman Music Hall, Tiffin, OH (October 5, 2014)