California native Samuel Grodin is enjoying an increasingly busy career as a solo and collaborative pianist. A prizewinner in the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Ibiza International Piano Competition, Grodin has performed throughout the United States and Europe. As a pianist who prioritizes creative fearlessness and emotional honesty, he captivates and connects with his audiences. Grodin is known for offering programs of diverse repertoire, ranging from Bach to living composers, that weave together a narrative or theme.
Grodin has performed at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach, the San Diego Central Library, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the CSULB and Bellflower Symphony Orchestras and in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Rita Sloan, Blanca Uribe, Dominique Weber, Jeffrey Kahane, and Stephen Hough. 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.
Grodin earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was the winner of the Keyboard Department’s award for Outstanding D.M.A Graduate in Piano. 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 principal teachers have included Sharon Mann, Lucinda Carver, Alan Smith, Craig Richey, and Nina Scolnik. He has also spent several summers at international music festivals, studying with Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Antoinette Perry, Marc Durand, and Joseph Kalichstein.
In addition to his performing career, Grodin is in demand as a teacher and lecturer and is a member of the music faculty at Los Angeles Pierce College and Fullerton College.