Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon is Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California. His academic career includes posts at Wilmington College in Ohio, the University of Maryland, where he was Music Department chair, and Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

As a pianist, he toured in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, the Caribbean, and Saudi Arabia. His recordings include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, De Falla, Scriabin, Ellis Kohs, Luis de Frietas-Branco, and the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes. He is a Steinway Artist. He is the author of Etudes for Piano Teachers (1995), Mastering the Art of Performance (2006), Planning Your Piano Success (2014) (Oxford University Press), and A History of Keyboard Literature (Schirmer Books, New York, 1996). He is a co-author of The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher (Schirmer Books, New York 1991, 2000) and the four-volume teaching series Music Thru MIDI (1994).

His DVD recordings include Memorization in Piano Performance and Performance Practice in Late 20th Century Piano Music (Alfred Music). He has edited the Piano Sonatas of Beethoven in four volumes (2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010) and the Twelve Etudes of Claude Debussy (2015) (Alfred).

He holds degrees from the University of Kansas (BM and MM) and The University of Rochester (Eastman School) (DMA), as well as a diploma from the Staatliches Konservatorium des Saarlands. His teachers were Olga Samaroff, Walter Gieseking, Cecile Genhart, and Adele Marcus. He has been the recipient of many awards: The (Thornton) Dean’s Award for Professional Achievement (2009) (2011), the (Thornton) Dean’s Award for Service (2011), The California Association of Professional Music Teachers Lifetime Achievement Award (2008); Ramo Award for service to Music (2001), Maryland State Creative and Performing Arts Award (1982), Maryland State Music Teachers Award for Distinguished Service to Music (1979), and Danforth Teacher Study Grant (1960). He has been elected to several honorary organizations: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda (music), and Scabbard and Blade (military). As a young man he served four years as a junior officer in the United States Navy.