Prof Lydia Artymiw

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Professor Artymiw will be on a year long sabbatical during the 2018-19 academic year and will retire in Spring 2020.

Professor: Piano, Distinguished McKnight Professor

2015 University of Minnesota "Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award"

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The New York Times has described Lydia Artymiw as “a lovely Mozart and an appealing Schumann player. There is the heart, wisdom and culture that put that heart in the right place, with concentrated musicality tempered by good taste. Ms. Artymiw has such a satisfying musical soul; she is a pleasure to hear.“

The Los Angeles Times described Artymiw as “an important pianist because she combines so many diverse qualities: she wields power and delicacy with equal ease; she is securely equipped with technique, and she feels deeply and knows how to communicate her feelings. She stirred her audience repeatedly.“

Lydia Artymiw has succeeded in every facet of an important international career: as soloist with orchestra, in recital and chamber music, and in solo and chamber music recordings. She has appeared with over one hundred twenty orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Far East. Her American orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the American, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Florida, Kansas City, National, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis Symphonies, and the St. Paul and St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestras. She has performed with such conductors as Previn, Ozawa, Rattle, Zinman, Vänskä, Skrowaczewski, Levi, and Parrott. As a solo recitalist, she has performed in major venues in London, Berlin, Basel, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Rome, Milan, Paris, Taipei, Seoul, Zürich, New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Weill Hall, and Merkin Hall), Washington (Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, and the Smithsonian), Chicago (Orchestra Hall), Philadelphia (Academy of Music and Kimmel Center), Minneapolis (Orchestra Hall), Los Angeles, and Boston (Symphony Hall, Gardner Museum). She has concertized throughout Europe (in Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Sardinia, Switzerland, Estonia, Finland, and Ukraine) as well as in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore, China, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.

Artymiw’s festival appearances include Aspen, Bantry, Bard, Bellingham, Bravo! Colorado Vail, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, Eastern Shore Maryland, Grand Canyon, Hampden-Sydney, Hollywood Bowl, Maverick, Montréal, Mostly Mozart, Music Mountain, Newport, Salt Bay, Seattle, South Mountain, Tucson, Virginia Arts, and Marlboro (where she has returned several times as a “senior artist/participant since 1998). Artymiw has collaborated with the Guarneri String Quartet, the Alexander, the American, Borromeo, Daedalus, Miami, Orion, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Vermeer Quartets. She has performed many recitals with some of the most distinguished musicians of our time including Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Richard Stoltzman, John Aler, and Benita Valente, and she has toured numerous times with “Music From Marlboro“ groups throughout the US. Artymiw was a member of the Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Trio (with violinist Arnold Steinhardt and cellist Jules Eskin) for ten years.

Lydia Artymiw is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and the 1987 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and she has garnered top prizes in major competitions such as the 1978 Leeds International in England (third prize), the 1976 Leventritt in New York (finalist, no major prize awarded), and first prize in the 1972 Koszciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York.

In May 2017, Artymiw was a juror for the Lang Lang Futian International Piano Competition in Shenzhen, China and in June 2015, she was on the jury for the first Van Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX. Since 2014, she has been on the juries for fourteen Juilliard Piano Concerto Competitions, as well as the Juilliard Nordmann and Bachauer Competitions and the Manhattan School Concerto Competition in New York. She has also been a juror for the Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, the China International Shanghai Piano Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana, the Milwaukee Piano Arts North American Competition, the Corpus Christi National Competition in Texas, the William Kapell International Piano Competition, and the Chesapeake International Chamber Competition, both in Maryland.

In 2016, Artymiw presented master classes at the Juilliard School (NY) and at the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia). She has been a frequent guest piano teacher at Juilliard since 2015.

Her seven solo albums for the Chandos label in England have been critically acclaimed. Her debut record (Variations) was a Gramophone Magazine “Critic’s Choice“ and “Best of the Year“ disc, she was featured on the cover of Gramophone Magazine for the release of her Schumann record, her Mendelssohn record was hailed by Hi-Fi News and the Monthly Guide to Recorded Music as “Best of the Month,“ and Ovation Magazine honored her Schubert recording as “Recording of Distinction.“ Her Tchaikovsky Seasons (released by Chandos in 1982) is still in print and has sold over 20,000 copies. She has also recorded for the Artegra, Bridge, Centaur, and Pantheon labels with Benita Valente, John Aler, Marcy Rosen, the Tokyo Quartet, and the Rosalyra Quartet. Her most recent recording The Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Felix Mendelssohn for the Bridge label with cellist Marcy Rosen was released in April 2018 and is receiving enthusiastic reviews.

Since 1989, Lydia Artymiw has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, which has honored her with the “Dean’s Medal" for Outstanding Professor in 2000, the Distinguished McKnight Professorship in 2001, and the "Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award" in 2015. She was the first performing artist at the University of Minnesota to receive all three of these awards. Artymiw’s studio (with 48 doctoral graduates) is one of the most prolific and successful at the University of Minnesota, and her students have attained international careers as performers and professors at universities and colleges throughout the US, Canada, and Asia. Her doctoral graduates include Jeri-Mae Astolfi (artist-in-residence, Piedmont College, GA), Yeonjoo Bae (University of Minnesota, Morris), Hyunsoo Cho and Minjeong Shin (Myongji University, Seoul, South Korea), Soohyun Cho (Kyungnam University, Masan, South Korea), Alejandro Cremaschi (University of Colorado at Boulder), Corey Hamm (University of British Columbia in Vancouver), Grace Huang (Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio), Jikang Jung (Chongshin University, Seoul, South Korea), Young Kim (The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York), Matthew McCright and Loren Fishman (Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota), Margaret McDonald (University of Colorado at Boulder), Tzu Ching Lin (National Taipei University, Taipei, Taiwan), Wonny Song (Artistic Director of the Orford Centre for the Arts, Canada and Co-Director of the Lambda School, Montréal and first prize winner of the 2005 YCA international auditions), Maria Fernanda Trocan (Academy of Music, St. Francis in the Fields, Louisville, KY), and Christopher Brody (Assistant Professor of Theory at the University of Louisville), and Woobin Park (Washington College, MD). Other student successes include Andrew Staupe's (BM & MM), Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, career as a concert pianist (, Tyler Wottrich (BM), Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at North Dakota State University, and Jennifer Needleman Muniz (BM), Indiana University at South Bend.

Lydia Artymiw was born in Philadelphia to Ukrainian parents and began piano studies at age four with George Oransky at the Ukrainian Music Institute. Her principal teachers were Freda Pastor Berkowitz (who taught for over fifty years at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia) from 1962-1967 and Gary Graffman, her mentor, with whom she studied from 1967 to 1979. Artymiw graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1973 and which honored her with a “Distinguished Alumna" award in 1991.

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:
  • Jury member for Juilliard School Piano Concerto Competitions, 2014 - 2016, and the Manhattan School Piano Concerto Competition, 2015:
  • Juror for the 2015 Van Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, TX:


  • 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, Montréal, 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