Marcia Eckert, piano
Marcia Eckert is active as a collaborative artist and has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at Merkin, Alice Tully, and Weill concert halls, and London’s Leighton House. She has travelled throughout the United States presenting lecture-recitals on piano music by women composers and on the music of Charles Ives. She has recorded for the Cambria, Leonarda and Ravello labels. Ms. Eckert has partnered cellist Timothy Merton of Sarasa, violinist Ruth Ehrlich, sopranos Lucy Shelton, Cori Ellison, Susan Gonzalez, Helen Gabrielsen and Tiffany DuMouchelle, and tenor Daniel Molkentin and has performed with Aurelia Piano Quartet and Trio la Bella. Her current groups are Trio della Luna and the Eckert/Gilwood Piano Duo. Ms Eckert has been referred to as “a pianist of impressive skill and sensitivity, the sort of keyboard collaborator that every instrumentalist dreams of” (Scott Cantrell, Albany Times-Union).
Ms Eckert is the founder/director of Pianophoria! a summer piano intensive in New York City begun in 2004; a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Hunter College, CUNY; and teaches piano and chamber music at Mannes School of Music. Her piano students have won numerous awards and have been offered scholarships to Oberlin, Juilliard, Mannes and Thornton and have been accepted to BUTI at Tanglewood, the Aspen Music Festival, and Art of the Piano in Cincinnati. She maintains a private piano studio in Manhattan and is a member of the Leschetizky Association, Piano Teachers Congress and the Associated Music Teachers League. Ms Eckert teaches students of all ages and levels, from young children exploring their musical potential to pre-professional students and competition winners to adults who are enriching and enhancing their lives through music.
She holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University School of Music (magna cum laude) and SUNY Stony Brook. Her teachers have included Jorge Bolet, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, William Masselos, and Seymour Bernstein.