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Sarah Grunstein

Praised by the American Record Review for evoking memories of Dame Myra Hess and Harold Samuels, pianist Sarah Grunstein performs internationally as concert artist. She achieved particular acclaim for her performances in London, New York, and Sydney of Bach's complete "Well-Tempered Clavier" during the celebration of the Bach Tercentenary, with her all-Bach recital at Purcell Room leading to an invitation to perform at Kensington Palace before His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The Sydney native’s career has included concerts in the United States, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, and her homeland. Sarah Grunstein received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where she held a Teaching Fellowship for four years following graduation. Her doctoral dissertation explored Chopin's improvisatory style from the perspective of the Bach circle.  Professor Grunstein has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, the City University of New York, Fordham University, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Victorian College of the Arts.

She studied with renowned teachers Sascha Gorodnitzki and Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard School, Nancy Salas at the Sydney Conservatorium, Lev Natochenny, now at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik, Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University, and Greville Rothon, assistant to Claudio Arrau.  Professor Grunstein's performances have been frequently broadcast by WQXR (New York) and by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Sarah Grunstein is a winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award for Young Australians. Last season she performed a series of three recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She returns frequently to her homeland to give concerts and master-classes. A Steinway Concert Artist, she is currently Assistant Professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

We welcome Miss Grunstein to her second appearance on the Historical Piano Concerts Series.

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