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Historical Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians

The Transcontinental Piano Duo
Janice Meyer Thompson & Elaine Greenfield

Janice Meyer Thompson has enjoyed a diverse career as a soloist, collaborative artist, lecture-recitalist, and master teacher on three continents.  Chamber music and duo piano performances have taken her across North America, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Russia.  As pianist with The Kent Camerata, Ms. Thompson recently toured China, presenting recitals and master classes in the premier conservatories of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin.  Her collaboration with Vermont pianist Elaine Greenfield has resulted in recent recitals of The Transcontinental Duo in Arizona, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.  As a lecture-recitalist and master class teacher, Ms. Thompson is a frequent presenter at national and international music conferences and festivals and has been a member of the Adamant Music School (Adamant, Vermont) summer artist faculty since 1990. Jan Thompson is recorded on compact disc in performances with The Kent Camerata (Kent Camerata Favorites), with singers Mary Sue Hyatt and Jane Dressler (Song Upon Song, TimeGrabber Digital) with bassoonist David DeBolt (A Musical Painting Comes to Life, Crystal CD 841), and with Transcontinental Duo partner Elaine Greenfield, (Piano 4-Hands).

Dr. Thompson is nationally recognized for her leadership in the field of piano pedagogy and for her academic accomplishments as Professor of Piano at the Arizona State University School of Music in Tempe. She is founding director of the ASU Piano Prep and Conservatory Programs and coordinator of piano pedagogy offerings at ASU. Her published articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Clavier, Keyboard Companion, and in the Proceedings of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. Ms. Thompson holds the Doctor of Music degree in Performance -Chamber Music from Northwestern University, where her principal teachers were Gui Mombaerts and Donald Isaak. She has coached with Murray Perahia, John Browning, Phyllis Curtin, Phyllis Rappeport, and Béla Nagy.

This is her second appearance with Ms. Greenfield on the Historical Piano Concerts Series.

Elaine Greenfield maintains an independent teaching studio in So. Burlington, Vermont, and since 1973 has been a member of the artist-faculty of the Adamant (Vermont) Music School, where she served as director from 1971-1982. A Master Teacher in the Music Teachers National Association, and adjudicator the American College of Musicians, she is a resource person for workshops and lecture recitals. She is listed in the international “Who’s Who in Music”.

Acclaimed for sensitive musicality and compelling artistry as a performing pianist, Elaine Greenfield has also become a noted arts administrator, clinician, and adjudicator. Besides solo and ensemble engagements throughout North America, and radio/television broadcasts, she has made several recordings: Music of Her Own (music by women); a CD with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, of which she is a founding performer; 2 CDs with "Transcontinental Duo" partner, Adamant colleague Jan Meyer Thompson; and a newly released CD, "Le piano de Debussy", of the composer's complete Préludes, performed on Debussy's piano make of choice, a Blüthner of Leipzig, built in 1907, from The Frederick Collection.

Elaine Greenfield holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance and teaching.  Her early instructors included Lorin Hollander, Julio Esteban, Irene Rosenberg, James Ball, Walter Hautzig, John Perry, and Dorothy Taubman.  She studied at Crane School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and with N.Y. mentor, Edwine Behre, student of Leschetizky and founder of the Adamant Music School.

Her Carnegie Recital Hall debut was lauded by New York Times critic Peter Davis.

In her local area she coordinates the Cathedral Arts series for the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, and is founder-director of Greenfield Piano Associates, an educational organization dedicated to the art of piano playing. She has performed with the Vermont Symphony, I Musici de Montreal and the Vermont Mozart Festival.

This is Elaine Greenfield’s fifth appearance on this concert series, her second with Ms. Thompson.