Phillip Kawin


Phillip Kawin has received critical acclaim for his performances in venues throughout the world—from Sydney’s Angel Place Recital Hall to Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall. As recitalist and soloist with orchestra, he has performed throughout Australia, China, Korea, Italy, Russia, Spain and the U.S. Phillip Kawin has a recording contract with the Master Performers Label. His debut album featuring works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Prokofiev was launched at Steinway Hall in New York in 2008. Subsequently, a second version was reissued in 2011. Kawin’s all-Schubert solo CD recorded under the direction of producer Steven Epstein was released in 2015 and received with critical acclaim. Phillip Kawin’s DVD of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with the Russian National Orchestra was recorded under the baton of renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz. This film was directed by Paul Carasco in Moscow and released in 2019 on DVD/Blu-Ray for the Master Performers Label. An all-Beethoven CD was recently released in 2020. Phillip Kawin is due to resume recording the Beethoven Concerto cycle in 2021.

As a highly regarded educator, Mr. Kawin is in constant demand at premier international conferences and festivals, having given his lectures and master classes in Australia, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Phillip Kawin’s engagements have included the Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Seoul National University, Van Cliburn Piano Institute, the Harvard Club in New York (the first class at that historic venue), the Sibelius Academy in Finland and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Denmark through the Distance Learning at Manhattan School of Music Global Conservatory Videoconference Master Class Series. For more than two decades, Phillip Kawin has been affiliated with the PianoSummer International Institute/Festival at SUNY New Paltz (New York), as well as appearing regularly at the Summit Music Festival (New York), Euro Music Festival and Academy (Germany, South Korea), International Academy of Music (Italy), Beijing International Music Festival (China), Classical Bridge International Music Festival/Academy (New York) and the Busan International Festival (South Korea). He has also served as the coordinator of the Intensive Piano Seminar at the Summit Music Festival in New York.

Phillip Kawin’s students have won top prizes in numerous national and international competitions. He has also been an active adjudicator for the Beethoven International Piano Competition Vienna, Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, Sydney International, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Suwon, Korea). Phillip Kawin is featured on five DVDs recorded live at the annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference(s).

He is a Steinway Artist.

Phillip Kawin is a long-time member of the college piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has served on the artist faculty since 1989,  as well as on the precollege piano faculty since 1986.

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