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Contemporary Piano, taught by Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn Nonken

Contemporary piano

During the course, young students and professionals have a chance to work with pianist Marilyn Nonken on a wide range of 20 th -century and contemporary piano music. Nonken may be best known for her work with composers of spectral music (Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Jonathan Harvey), but she is also strongly dedicated to the composers of the New York School (Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier, John Cage); classics of the 20 th -century repertoire(Schönberg, Ives, Messiaen); and emerging voices. Pianists will have private lessons  as well as group coachings, and the course  ends with a public concert.

Marilyn Nonken

Upon her 1993 recital debut, Marilyn Nonken was heralded as “a determined protector of important music” (New York Times). Since then, she has been recognized as “ one of the greatest interpreters of new music” (American Record Guide). Writes Fanfare: “Her voicings are exquisite, her pedaling throughout is a model to be studied, and, when necessary, her virtuosity is equaled only by the insight and passion with which every piece is imbued.” (2015) Since 2006, she has been Director of Piano Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School  where she is Professor of Music and Music Education.

She has been presented at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, (New York), IRCAM, Reid Hall, and the Théâtre Bouffe du Nord (Paris), the ABC (Melbourne), Logos (Ghent), Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano (Santiago), Chicago Cultural Center and Symphony Center, Phillips Collection (Washington DC), to name a few and conservatories and universities around the world. Festival appearances outside United States include amongst others  Résonances and the Festival d’Automne (Paris), Musica nova Helsinki  (Helsinki), Aspects des Musiques d’Aujourd-hui (Caën), New Music Days (Ostrava), Musikhøst (Odense). 

Composers who have written for her include Michael Byron, Richard Carrick, Yu-Hui Chang, Victoria Cheah, Jason Eckardt, Michael Finnissy, Michael Kuehn, Liza Lim, Tristan Murail, Arlene Sierra, Christopher Trapani, and Nina C. Young.  

Marilyn Nonken received a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University. Her monograph The Spectral Piano (Cambridge University Press, 2015) received  successful reviews.. Identity and Diversity in New Music: The New Complexities ​(Routledge) was published in July 2019. She has written chapters for Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music, Messiaen Perspectives, and the forthcoming Messiaen in Context and Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music.  

A Steinway artist, Marilyn Nonken has  participated in  over 30 recordings  for amongst others  New World, Mode, Kairos, Tzadik, and Bridge Records.

Profile of Participants:

Age limit: Born after 1.7.1988 

The course fee (340 euro) includes participation in the course, open lessons and workshops, and free entrance to all of the festival concerts.
Course language: English

Documents to be submitted (all documents can be submitted or filled out online):

Application form 

Links to two recent examples of your performance (mp3, mp4)

Short motivation letter including  a list of contemporary repertoire  (1945-) wished to be  worked on during the course and the final public concert. 

Curriculum vitae in English or Finnish (maximum of two pages)


2 April 2023, Midnight EET