Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   Zelma Bodzin (Adjunct Lecturer)

Fields of Study:
Piano performance

Degrees and Studies:
B.M., Eastman School of Music

Biographical Information:
Zelma Bodzin, pianist, has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and collaborative pianist with singers, instrumentalists and choruses, appearing in New York at Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall with the New York Chamber Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. She is a coach, artistic consultant, producer of cds and dvds, and teacher. Ms. Bodzin has an international reputation as an adjudicator and jury member, from Sofia, Bulgaria to Dublin, Ireland and the French Caribbean, as well as at the IKIF in New York City. Colleagues have sought out and critics have recognized her "acute ear and intriguing ideas" (New York Times).

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Ms. Bodzin began concertizing at the age of five, and went on to study with Eugene List, Dieter Weber, Rosalyn Tureck, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arminda Canteros. Ms. Bodzin performed hundreds of concerts including solo recitals and chamber music recitals in the U.S. and abroad, as soloist with orchestra, and as a member of the Haffner Ensemble in Vienna, Austria. While her reputation as a performer of Bach grew — "those who were there must be deeply grateful", according to The Irish Times review of Ms. Bodzin's performance of the "Goldberg Variations" —she continued to expand her repertoire to include 20th century American repertoire. Her performances of Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" received critical and public acclaim on tour in Texas. Recordings of her performances were broadcast around the world, including WQXR (New York), RTE (Ireland), and ORF (Austria). She has also appeared on Koch International’s recordings of music of Jack Gottlieb.

Ms. Bodzin's other professional activities also have an international reach. She has given master classes in Finland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Malta and Guadeloupe, as well as New York, Texas, Connecticut and Florida. As an artistic advisor she has assisted in award-winning recordings, and composers who have worked with her have won commissions in New York and Washington, D.C. Ms. Bodzin serves on the Board of the Leschetizky Association and is a Past President of the New York State Music Teachers Association. She recorded music of Beethoven and Ravel for feature films and provided piano instruction for film actors, including Spike Lee’s Crooklyn.

Telephone:
(212) 662-0044

email address:
Studio1@Bodzin.US

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