Professor of Collaborative Piano
Pianist Anne Epperson enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. She made her debut at age twelve with the New Orleans Philharmonic under Alexander Hilsberg. After studies at Louisiana State University and the Juilliard School, she entered graduate school at the University of Southern California and was appointed staff pianist for the master classes of Jascha Heifetz. This auspicious beginning led to a successful career as a collaborative partner. Ms. Epperson has appeared in concert with distinguished artists throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Korea. Critics have praised her collaborative artistry: New York Times “..an excellent partner…technical ability and musicality admirably displayed…”; Seattle Times “….extraordinarily sensitive and well-realized work…..a gifted accompanist…”; Los Angeles Times “…eloquent support..”; Cleveland Plain Dealer “…Epperson is a chamber music pianist with few peers….” From 1980-89 she toured the U.S. as pianist with the Canterbury Trio, under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, Inc. She has recorded for Vanguard, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Claves and has produced and edited recordings for Nonesuch and Azica.
Her career as an educator is equally impressive. In the fall of 2008 she inaugurated the new Collaborative Piano Department at The University of Texas at Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. From 2004-2008 she was Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Music, where she created and developed a new graduate degree program. She was Professor of Music and Director of Collaborative Arts at the University of California – Santa Barbara from 2001 – 2004 and from 1985 – 2001 she was head of the Collaborative Piano Department (a department and degree program that she created) at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previous faculty positions include teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
She has been juror for many prestigious competitions, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation competitions, the Fischoff Chamber Music competitions, the Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, the Plowman Chamber Music competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Corpus Christi International Young Artists Competition and the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Ms. Epperson has been a panelist, lecturer, performer and master class presenter for the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Colorado Music Teachers Association, the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the Indiana Music Teachers Association, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and the Vocal Arts Resource Network in Ohio. In the spring of 2005, she presented a week-long series of masterclasses in Seoul, Korea. She is active as a consultant and advisor in the development of collaborative piano programs nationally and internationally. Anne Epperson was on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1992-2006, teaching, performing and administering the collaborative piano program she designed. Since the summer of 2007, she has been a member of the artist faculty at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs and in the summer of 2013, she was invited as guest faculty to coordinate and teach the collaborative piano program at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has been a guest performer and coach at the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Festival – Institute at Round Top, the Garth Newel Summer Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Meadowmount School for Strings, among others.
Lecturer of Collaborative Piano
One of the most active professional collaborative pianists in the United States, Dr. Colette Valentine joined the faculty of the newly created Collaborative Piano Department at The University of Texas at Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music in the fall of 2008. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish after earning Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Maryland where she studied with Nelita True. From 2000-2008 she was on faculty at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, as an instrumental repertoire coach and faculty recital partner. She was also a faculty member at New Jersey City University from 1996-2008 where, in addition to coaching students and performing with faculty and guest artists, she taught courses in The Application of Theory in Performance and The Art of Accompanying. In the summers, she joins other professional colleagues as a coach at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp in Michigan.
Critically hailed for her “clean, sparkling technique” (Salt Lake Tribune) and for her “consummate skill and musicianship” (Classical New Jersey), Colette Valentine has performed in such important venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, and internationally in Paris, Zurich, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. As pianist of the Ecco Trio, praised by the Washington Post for capturing “the intimacy of chamber music at its best”, she has toured the United States and Japan. She has also collaborated in chamber concerts with the New York Philharmonic Winds, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Washington Chamber Society, the Left Bank Concert Society, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Rembrandt Chamber players, among others. For many years, she has been official staff pianist for the William Kapell International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Washington International Competition for Strings, and the National Flute Association National Convention. She has also served in that capacity for the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competitions. She has recorded for the Albany, Fontec, Antara, Well-Tempered and CRI labels.
Dr. Alexandre Maynegre-Torra
Alex Maynegre-Torra began studying the piano at age seven in his native Mataró in Catalonia, Spain. He obtained the highest degree in piano performance from the Conservatori Superior del Liceu de Barcelona in 1996.
In May 2002, Dr.Maynegre-Torra completed his Master of Music degree and the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at the Hartt School (Hartford, CT), studying with professors Luiz de Moura Castro and David Westfall. In December 2009, he received his Doctor of Music Arts in Collaborative Piano at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied with Anne Epperson.
Dr. Maynegre-Torra has received prizes in several competitions both in Spain and the United States. He has appeared in concert with violinist Joseph Silverstein, cellists Lynn Harrell and Brooks Whitehouse, violist Sheila Browne, flutist Tadeu Coelho, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, trumpeter Nathaniel Mayfield and the Emerson String Quartet, among others.
Dr. Maynegre-Torra joined The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 as collaborative staff pianist. He has also worked regularly as staff pianist for the renowned Meadowmount School of Music in NY since 2008. Previous collaborative staff positions include the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Hartt School in Hartford, CT.