Professor of Music

Catherine Kautsky, Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University, was the 2016 winner of the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2013 winner of the Faculty Convocation Award. She has been lauded by the New York Times as "a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers...The music spoke directly to the listener, with neither obfuscation nor pretense." Her recent recording of the Debussy Preludes, released by Centaur in September, 2014, was said to "bring out all the power, majesty, and mystery of Debussy's conception." Ms. Kautsky, whose teachers have included Rosina Lhevinne, Gyorgy Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Martin Canin, and Gilbert Kalish, has concertized widely, performing in Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Phillips Collection, Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, and the Chicago Cultural Center, soloing with the St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and appearing frequently on public radio. She has spent two sabbaticals in Paris and performed abroad in France, England, Italy, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Russia, and South Africa. Known as both a solo and collaborative performer, Ms. Kautsky has worked with such well-known artists as Peter Oundjian, Kim Kashkashian, and John Sharp, principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony, and performed chamber music at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grand Teton Festivals. She currently teaches and performs at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy during the summers and returned from concertizing in China this past winter.

Ms. Kautsky, whose students have won prizes across the country and gone on to leading graduate programs, has taught at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music since 1987, with a 6-year hiatus as piano faculty and chair of the Keyboard Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Known for her cross-disciplinary interests, she was awarded the Arts Institute Creative Arts Award at UW-Madison and has presented frequently at national conferences on such topics as "On the Trail of Chopin and George Sand," "WWI: A Centenary Look at the Musical Wars," and "Celebrating Debussy and the Arts du Spectacle." Her articles have appeared in Clavier, American Music Teacher, and International Piano, and her book on the social history of Debussy's piano music will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016-17. She and violin colleague, Wen-Lei Gu, performed the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas on public radio in fall, 2016 and plan to record them later this year.

Ms. Kautsky holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, a master’s from the Juilliard School, and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Personal webpage: http://faculty.lawrence.edu/kautskyc/

Contact by e-mail: catherine.c.kautsky@lawrence.edu

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Associate Professor of Music

Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teaching artist across the United States and abroad.

Mr. Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Chicago Cultural Center and Houston’s Jones Hall. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Sioux City Symphony and Prince Georges Philharmonic. He has given solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and has made repeated appearances on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. His chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Verbier, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Mizrahi won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg International Competition, as well as first prizes in the International Bartók-Kabalevsky Competition and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He won third prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Mr. Mizrahi appeared for many years on the active roster of Astral Artists.

An enthusiastic promoter of music education, Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and master classes at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a member of Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Academy program and Teaching Artists Collaborative, Mr. Mizrahi spent several hours a week as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.

Dedicated to the music of our time, Mr. Mizrahi has commissioned and given world premieres of several new works for piano and frequently collaborates with composers and instrumentalists in the performance of 21st-century music. He is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to the commissioning and performing of new music by emerging composers. NOW Ensemble released its third album, Dreamfall, to critical acclaim in 2015. Mr. Mizrahi's celebrated albums The Bright Motion and Currents, both albums of newly commissioned works for solo piano, were released on the New Amsterdam Records label. His popular music videos have been lauded by National Public Radio and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross.

Mr. Mizrahi was a founding member of the Moët Trio, which performed in major venues across the United States and Canada, and established itself as one of today’s most exciting young piano trios. The Moët Trio recently completed a two-year residency, the only one of its kind for piano trios, at the New England Conservatory.

Mr. Mizrahi is also a member of Decoda, a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda creates innovative performances and engaging projects with partners around the world. Mizrahi teaches each summer at the prestigious Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. Mizrahi has worked to foster a partnership between Decoda and Lawrence University, and in 2014 helped to found the Music For All project that brings classical chamber music to children and populations who ordinarily do not participate.

Michael Mizrahi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where his concentrations were in music, religion and physics. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank. After his Philadelphia debut recital, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “…the performance had transparency, revealing a forward-moving logic and chord voices you didn’t previously realize were there…textures were sumptuous.”

Michael Mizrahi received Lawrence University's 2013 Award for Excellence in Creative Activity.

He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was interviewed for a Faculty Profile, available here. He was one of five international recipients of the S&R Foundation's 2014 Washington Award.

For more information, please visit www.michaelmizrahipiano.com

Contact by e-mail: michael.d.mizrahi@lawrence.edu

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Associate Professor of Music

Anthony Padilla is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.  An American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, Padilla receives public and critical acclaim for performances of “enormous freshness, vitality and poetry” (Chicago Tribune).  Recognized internationally as pianist of remarkable sensitivity, refined interpretation and dazzling technique, he joined the Concert Artists Guild’s distinguished roster of soloists in 2000 as the top prizewinner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.  A native of Richland, Washington, he first performed as soloist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony at age nine, made his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and has since become a popular guest artist with orchestras and at concert series and music festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  Highlights include solo and collaborative appearances at the Ravinia, Chautauqua, Schleswig-Holstein, Holzhausen, Victoria, Sarasota, Cascade, Bay View and San Luis Obispo Festivals.  After his New York debut recital, the New York Concert Review called him “a strong-willed, steel-fingered tornado; he plays the piano with absolute authority and gives new meaning to the idea of ‘interpretation’ to the extent that the U.S. Patent Office might well grant him a number. Nobody could copy him.”

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Padilla studied with Nelita True, Jeffrey Kahane, Natalya Antonova, Béla Síki, Leonard Richter, Donald Walker and Jorge Bolet. Awarded the prestigious Beethoven Fellowship by the American Pianists Association in 1991, Mr. Padilla is also a laureate of the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Walter Naumburg International Piano Competitions. In addition, he has received major prizes from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Society of American Musicians, the Music Teachers National Association, the Koszciuszko Foundation, the Harvard Musical Association and the Theodore Presser Foundation.  He is a founding member of the Arcos Piano Trio, which was recently awarded an Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to commission and record chamber works by Latin American composers.

A nationally certified member of the Music Teachers National Association, he is a popular adjudicator and presenter at state, regional and national levels, and his students regularly earn top prizes at MTNA, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, Neale-Silva, Seattle International and several other competitions.  His lecture-recital on “The Classical Sense of Humor” stirred much interest at the MTNA National Convention in Los Angeles.  His recordings on Centaur, CRI and White Pine include the premiere recording of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Statements--Second Sonata for Piano, and chamber works by American women and Latin American composers with the Arcos Trio.

For more information, please visit https://www2.lawrence.edu/fast/padillaa

Contact by e-mail: anthony.p.padilla@lawrence.edu

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Mary Van De Loo

Instructor in Music

Mary Van De Loo teaches piano pedagogy and coordinates the keyboard skills program at the Lawrence Conservatory, as well as maintaining a studio of pre-college students. A member of MTNA, she is a sought-after workshop clinician and adjudicator, and she has had articles published in Clavier and Keyboard Companion magazines. Prior to her position at Lawrence, Ms. Van De Loo was Director of the Division of Preparatory Music at Indiana State University, where she taught piano and coordinated all activities for the pre-college piano program. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Lawrence University and a Master of Music degree in piano and piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She has studied piano with Theodore Rehl and Digby Bell and pedagogy with Kathleen Murray, Jane Magrath, and E.L. Lancaster.

Contact by e-mail: mary.f.vandeloo@lawrence.edu

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