Chair, Preparatory division piano department
He teaches applied piano to music majors and non-majors at Case Western Reserve University, teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature to conservatory graduate and undergraduate students and serves as chair of CIM’s nationally recognized Preparatory division piano department. After receiving his early training in South Africa where he studied with two of that country’s most renowned pedagogues, Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel, he was invited to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where he studied with Nicholas Zumbro (a student of the famed Rosina Lhévinne). He undertook further studies with Brazilian pianist Caio Pagano and has performed in master classes for many of today’s leading pianists and pedagogues including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Bela Siki, Nelita True, John Owings, Martin Canin, Tamás Ungár and Joseph Banowetz.
A prizewinner of several competitions, he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil and has collaborated with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and also with the Calder Quartet (quartet in residence at the Colburn School). In 1999, Dr. Schulze along with violinist Luca Ciarla won a residency award through Chamber Music America that resulted in performances throughout the Southwest United States and Mexico, including an appearance at the Alamos Arts Festival. In 2003 and 2006, he was invited to teach and perform as a guest artist at the University of Rio de Janeiro. A published scholar, Dr. Schulze’s research on Beethoven’s Fantasy for Piano, Op.77 appeared in the Beethoven Journal in 2004. In recent years he has formed a duo with violinist Stephen Sims with whom he has performed to great acclaim throughout Ohio. In the last few years, Schulze has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Heidelberg University, Texas Christian University, The Fort Worth Museum of Art, Denison University, The University of Akron and also on the CIM Concert Series.
A sought-after teacher, adjudicator and clinician, Sean Schulze’s students continue to win prizes regularly in competitions throughout the United States. In recent years, students of Schulze have won first prizes in the MTNA National Performance Competition, The American Protégé Competition, The OMTA Graves Competition (on multiple occasions), the OMTA Buckeye Competition (on multiple occasions) and have performed as concerto soloists with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, the Solon Philharmonic and the CIM Orchestra on multiple occasions as a result of winning various young artist concerto competitions. In November 2010, Schulze appeared as one of the featured presenters at the OMTA State Conference and is regularly invited to present master classes to young pianists, appearing recently as a guest artist at the Kent State Summer Piano Institute in 2010. In 2008, Schulze founded and continues to direct Summer Sonata, an intensive two-week program of lessons and master classes for talented pianists aged 10-18 which takes place annually on the CIM campus. In addition, Schulze serves on the artist-faculty of the Young Artist World Piano Festival which takes place annually on the campus of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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