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Margaret Kampmeier

Director

Pianist Margaret Kampmeier enjoys a varied career as soloist, collaborative artist and educator. Equally fluent in classical and contemporary repertoire, she has concertized and recorded extensively. She has performed with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Kronos Quartet, Locrian Chamber Players, and Mirror Visions Ensemble.She is the principal keyboard player of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the resident pianist for Copland House’s CULTIVATE festival. Ms. Kampmeier can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch, and Bridge labels.

Ms. Kampmeier has a special affinity for the music of our time. She won prizes in the Olga Koussevitsky and Frinna Awerbuch piano competitions, and was awarded a special prize for the interpretation of American music in the latter. She co-founded New Millennium Ensemble, a new music sextet that won the 1995 Naumburg chamber music award. She has performed and recorded hundreds of new works, and has worked with composers of all ages and stages.

Ms. Kampmeier teaches piano and chamber music at Princeton University, where she is also Coordinator of Piano Studies. In addition, she has been Chair of Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program since 2014. As director of this innovative two-year Master’s course of study, Ms. Kampmeier has quickly become known for her collaborative leadership style, inspired teaching, clarity of vision, and inclusive programming. Ms. Kampmeier earned her degrees from the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, and is deeply grateful for the shared wisdom of her mentors, Barry Snyder, Jan Degaetani, Julius Levine, and Gilbert Kalish.

“Envy any composer who secures her services – here is an artist with astounding technique, dramatic intensity and clarity of purpose.” JOSHUA KOSMAN - San Francisco Chronicle