Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin; 2012 Festival master classes
Pianist Anne Epperson enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. She made her debut at age twelve with the New Orleans Philharmonic under Alexander Hilsberg. After studies at the Juilliard School , Louisiana State University and the College of Notre Dame, she entered graduate school at the University of Southern California and was appointed staff pianist for the master classes of Jascha Heifetz. This auspicious beginning led to a successful career as a collaborative partner. Epperson has appeared in concert throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Israel.
Critics have praised her collaborative artistry: New York Times “..an excellent partner….technical ability and musicality admirably displayed…”; Seattle Times “….extraordinarily sensitive and well-realized work…..a gifted accompanist…”; Los Angeles Times “…eloquent support..”; Cleveland Plain Dealer “..Epperson is a chamber music pianist with few peers….”. From 1980-89 she toured the U.S. as pianist with the Canterbury Trio, under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, Inc. She has recorded for Vanguard, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Claves and has professionally produced and edited recordings for Nonesuch and Azica.
Her career as an educator is equally impressive. This summer, she joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. In the fall of 2004 she joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder as Professor of Collaborative Piano and created a new graduate degree program in that keyboard area. She was Professor of Music and Director of Collaborative Arts at the University of California – Santa Barbara from 2001-2004. From 1985 – 2001 she was head of the Collaborative Piano Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previous faculty positions include teaching appointments at the University of Illinois and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has been juror for many prestigious competitions, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation competitions, the Fischoff Chamber Music competitions, the New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Epperson has been a panelist, lecturer and master class presenter for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Music Teachers National Association, the Indiana Music Teachers Association, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and the Vocal Arts Resource Network in Ohio. She is active as a consultant and advisor in the development of collaborative piano programs nationwide and in May of 2005 was invited to give a series of collaborative masterclasses in Seoul, Korea.
From 1992 - 2006, Anne Epperson was on the artist faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, directing the Collaborative Piano program which she created and developed. She has also been a guest performer and coach at Interlochen, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Garth Newel Summer Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Aspen Music Festival.