Assistant Professor of Music Theory, 2012-15Department:
American pianist Johnandrew Slominski enjoys a distinguished reputation as a performer and pedagogue. An international award-winning pianist, teacher, and scholar, his work focuses on historical performance practice, analysis and performance, and improvisation. By 21, Slominski earned three degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, including a Master of Music in Performance and Literature, a Master of Arts in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance; his first professorship followed two years later. He was unanimously nominated for Eastman’s coveted Performer’s Certificate in recognition of outstanding concert artistry. Slominski holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, also from the Eastman School of Music. In 2009 he was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, and 2010 Slominski received the Jerald C. Graue Musicology Fellowship in recognition for his research in the field of nineteenth-century performance practice. His innovative performance and pedagogical research has been supported by institutions including the Classics Abroad Society and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Slominski is a frequent solo performer, collaborative pianist, masterclass clinician, and lecturer. Praised in print for his virtuosity, innovative programming, and broad repertoire, he performs throughout the United States and abroad; he has been recently featured as a guest artist at the Chautauqua Institution for Fine and Performing Arts, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, the Sunderman Recital Series at Gettysburg College, Steinway Hall Portland, and the St. Petersburg College Piano Series, while international performances have included recitals at the Jan Deyl Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, France. As a competition laureate, Slominski was awarded first prize in the Chautauqua International Piano Competition and was the silver medalist in the International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition. As an advocate for historical performance practices and new music, Slominski has received glowing praise from critics and composers. British composer Ann Cherry commented following Slominski’s 2012 world premiere of her Sonata for Flute and Piano with flutist Tabatha Easley that “This man has a rare ability – the musicality – to dig beneath the written notes to reveal the underlying meaning. I did not dare to imagine that such a great performance could ever happen.” His recordings have been broadcast domestically by National Public Radio and are included in publications by Oxford University Press. ; additional teachers have included Robert Levin, John Perry, Steven Laitz, Dorothy Fahlman, Malcolm Bilson, Joseph Silverstein, and Jean-Francois Antonioli.
Slominski has held teaching positions in piano and music theory at the University of Rochester, the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, and Virginia Commonwealth University. His students have been accepted to prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs with scholarship at schools including the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and the North Carolina School for the Arts. Slominski resides in Rochester, New York, where he is on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music.