PCS Major winner 1989, piano
TINA FAIGEN, pianist, holds both Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Miami where she studied under renowned pianist Ivan Davis. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from Oberlin College. A recipient of many prizes and awards, she has performed on the distinguished Pittsburgh “Y” Recital Series, and is a 1989 winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Majors Auditions. Faigen has been engaged as guest pianist with numerous orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. Also of note, she was awarded a debut tour with Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzeze in Italy.
Recent performances include the Brahms Concerto No. 1 with the DeKalb Symphony in Atlanta and a solo recital for the Johnstown Music Series. Faigen has also performed on the Steinway Recital Series, Chatham Guest Artist Series, Pittsburgh Concert Society, was featured artist on the Carnegie Mellon University special event concert, “Schultz, Faigen & Friends,” and has performed live on WQED-FM. In May 2018 Faigen will be featured as guest soloist for a Brahms concerto at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall with the Edgewood Symphony in celebration of their 30th anniversary. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with Zaffiro Trio, of which she is a founding member.
Appearing in over 30 performances of Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, the Miami Herald writes, “Tina Faigen played so brilliantly that it was difficult at times to concentrate on the dancing.” Music critics have described her as “commanding a rich palette of pianistic colors and fingers of awesome dexterity,” and as having “a compelling combination of solid technique and distinctive interpretation, full of color and nuance, with her virtuosity the servant of the music. A stunning performer who plays with assurance, fluidity and power.” “Remember her name.”
Faigen’s recordings of Robert Schultz’s works Visions of Dunbar and Tina Faigen Plays Piano Transcriptions have received rave reviews. “Faigen plays Schultz’s works superlatively, effortlessly clarifying their rippling complexities and performing with supple dexterity, a clear, resonant tone and sensitive touch.” Faigen is co-author of the acclaimed Accelerando Piano Technique Series, along with numerous other editions of educational piano music. Since 1992 she has served as the principal editor for The Robert Schultz Piano Library. Faigen has maintained an active teaching studio since the age of 14, is on the piano faculty at University of Pittsburgh, and is a faculty member of the Music Preparatory School at Carnegie Mellon University. Also a violinist, Faigen serves as Principal 2nd in the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.