Prof Lydia Artymiw

Photo of Prof Lydia Artymiw

Contact Me


Pianist Lydia Artymiw has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music for thirty years, beginning her tenure in August 1989 and retiring in May 2020. She is the only faculty member in the SOM to have earned three major teaching awards: the Dean's Medal (2000), Distinguished McKnight Professorship (2001), and the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (2015). Artymiw's studio (with 48 DMA, 22 MM, and 9 BM graduates) is one of the most prolific in the SOM. Her graduates have earned highly successful teaching positions: Dr. Andrew Staupe (University of Houston), Dr. Corey Hamm (UBC, Vancouver), Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi and Dr. Margaret McDonald (University of Colorado-Boulder), Dr. Grace Huang (Cleveland Institute and UGA-Athens, GA), Dr. Matt McCright and Dr. Loren Fishman (Carleton College, MN), Dr. Tyler Wottrich (NDSU, Fargo), Dr. Young Kim (College of St. Rose, Albany, NY), Dr. Hyunsoo Cho and Dr. Minjeong Shin (Myonggi University, S. Korea), Dr. Yungeun Choe (University of Guam), Dr. Hyeyoung Lee (Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul), Dr. Seongwon Han (Ulsan and Andong Universities, Daegu, S. Korea), Dr. Pei-Lei Lin (Jinan University, China), Dr. Fanya Lin (The University of Arizona-Tucson), Dr. Kevin Hobbs and Dr. Eunhye Choi (North Central Community College and University of MN, Minneapolis), Dr. Wonny Song (Artistic Director, Orford Festival, Canada), and Dr. Woobin Park (Washington College, MD). Since 2015, Lydia Artymiw has been a frequent guest piano teacher at Juilliard in New York and has also served on the juries for fourteen piano concerto competitions at Juilliard as well as three at the Manhattan School of Music (from 2014-2020). Artymiw presented master classes at both Juilliard and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in 2016. Born in Philadelphia, Artymiw's principal teachers were Freda Pastor Berkowitz and distinguished concert pianist and former Director of the Curtis Institute, Gary Graffman. She was a winner of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1987) and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize (1989) and won Third Prize at the 1978 Leeds International Piano Competition in England. She was also a finalist in the 1976 Leventritt International Piano Competition in New York. Lydia Artymiw's concert career has included numerous performances as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. She has appeared with over 100 orchestras world-wide (under the direction of legendary conductors Previn, Skrowaczewski, Vanska, Rattle, Rudolf, Zinman, Ozawa, Parrott, and Levi), performing with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, LA Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, Florida, Colorado, BBC, Helsinki, Lviv, Munich, Scottish National, Bremen, KBS (Seoul), Seoul Philharmonic, Manila, Singapore, and Auckland. She has performed solo recitals in all of the major American cities and throughout Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her chamber music collaborations have been with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Miami, Borromeo, and Alexander Quartets, and she has performed recitals with Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Paul Coletti, Kim Kashkashian, Richard Stoltzman, Yo-Yo Ma, Zuill Bailey, Marcy Rosen, Benita Valente and John Aler. Artymiw's seven solo piano recordings for the Chandos label in England won her Gramophone Magazine's "Best of the Year" and Hi-Fi News' "Recording of Distinction" awards. Her CD of Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" sold over 20,000 copies. Most recently her recording of Mendelssohn's Complete Works for Cello and Piano for the Bridge label with cellist Marcy Rosen was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award. She has also recorded two CDs with soprano Benita Valente for Centaur and Bridge, and a CD of duets with Benita Valente and John Aler for Pantheon. Naxos released her recording of Stravinsky's "Les Noces" from the Virginia International Arts Festival under Joann Falletta. Artymiw has performed at over 50 international music festivals including Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl, Bantry (Ireland), Bay Chamber, Bravo! Vail, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Chamber Music Northwest, Grand Canyon, Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Montréal, South Mountain, Tucson, and Seattle. For more information please visit her website:

Educational Background & Specialties


  • performing and teaching: solo piano, concerto, and chamber music repertoire
  • concert pianist,
Courses Taught
  • MusA 2301 - Piano: Performance Major
  • MusA 1301 - Piano: Major
  • MusA 8301 - Piano Major
  • Mus 3440 - Chamber Ensemble
  • MusA 3301 - Piano: Major
  • Mus 5440 - Chamber Ensemble
  • MusA 1201 - Piano Major
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, CLA Promotion and Tenure Review Committee: 1999 - 2002
  • Advisory Committee: Feb. 2004 - Feb. 2005
  • Piano Judge at Piano Arts Competition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 2003, 2014
  • Frequent contributor and writer of piano repertoire articles to Piano Magazine, UK (Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn magazines):
  • Piano Judge at Esther Honens International Piano Competition, Calgary, Canada: 2006
  • Chair, Keyboard Division, School of Music, University of Minnesota, 2002/03 and 2005/06:
  • Juror : Juror for the Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition, Fort Woirth, TX , 2015
  • Juror : Juror for the First China Music Competition, Beijing, China , 2019
  • Juror: Juror for The New York International Piano Competition , 2018 and 2020
  • Juror: Juror for fourteen piano concerto competitions at Juilliard , 2014-2018
  • Juror: Juror for three concerto competitions at the Manhattan School, NY , 2015-2020


  • Artistic Director of the Elaine Schuessler Piano Recital Series at the American Swedish Institute: September 2002 - 2010


  • Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Piano Trio: Performed with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stoltzman, Benita Valente, and the American, Borromeo, Guarneri, Miami, Shanghai, and Tokyo Quartets,
  • Performances world-wide with over 100 orchestras under many leading conductors of our time.:
  • Presented solo recitals throughout the US, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and Korea:
  • Appeared at over 50 festivals including Aspen, Bard, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Marlboro, MontrĂ©al, Seattle, Tucson, and Virginia Waterfront:
  • Presented master classes at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music: 2016
  • Women Pianists Symposium (interview). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2003.
  • Schumann Symposium (interview). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2002.
  • Brahms Symposium (interview). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2001.
  • Mendelssohn Symposium (interview and published article). Artymiw, Lydia, Piano Magazine, Rhinegold Press, London, England, 2005.
  • U of M Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, 2015
  • Distinguished McKnight Professorship, 2001
  • Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, 1989
  • McKnight Research Award, 1994
  • Dean's Medal for Outstanding Professor at the University of Minnesota, 2000
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1991
  • Avery Fisher Prize Career Grant, 1987
  • 1976 Leventritt and 1978 Leeds International Piano Competitions
  • Nominated for 2019 Grammy Award for her CD of "The Complete Cello/Piano Works of Felix Mendelssohn" with Marcy Rosen for the Bridge label.