Southern California native Samuel Grodin is enjoying an increasingly busy career as a solo and collaborative pianist. A recent prizewinner in the Seattle International Piano Competition (2015) and the Ibiza International Piano Competition (2010), Grodin has performed throughout the United States and Spain. He completed his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Harold W. Scheeline Piano Scholarship. His teachers have included Sharon Mann, Lucinda Carver, Alan Smith, Craig Richey, and Nina Scolnik. He has spent several summers at international music festivals, studying with Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Antoinette Perry, Marc Durand, and Joseph Kalichstein. He earned his Doctorate (D.M.A.) in piano performance at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was winner of the Keyboard Department’s award for Outstanding D.M.A Graduate in Piano. As a graduate teaching assistant, Grodin taught group and applied piano to undergraduate and graduate students at USC. He was also honored with the award for Teaching Excellence for Keyboard Studies Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Dr. Grodin has performed in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Rita Sloan, Blanca Uribe, Dominique Weber, Jeffrey Kahane, and Stephen Hough. He has performed at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach, the San Diego Central Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has appeared as soloist with the CSULB and Bellflower Symphony Orchestras. He has also served as an adjudicator throughout Southern California. A champion of new music, Grodin has also performed with the SFCM New Music Ensemble and the Ensemble Parallèle, which in 2010 presented the West Coast premiere of John Rea’s reorchestration of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck for chamber ensemble.
In addition to his work at the Los Angeles Music and Art School, Dr. Grodin maintains an active private teaching studio and is a member of the piano faculty at Pierce College.