Bio

About Erik Entwistle

Pianist and musicologist Erik Entwistle received his B.A. in music from Dartmouth College, where he studied with Andrew Rangell and Sally Pinkas. He later earned his M.M. in piano performance at Washington University in St. Louis where he studied fortepiano under Seth Carlin.  He earned his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying with distinguished Czech music scholar Michael Beckerman, and he completed his piano training there with Betty Oberacker.

A Focus on Czech Composers

Erik has devoted much of his performing and scholarly career to the music of Czech composers.  His writings on Martinu, Weinberger and Janacek have been featured in The New York Times, Opera QuarterlyEuropean Piano Teachers’ Association Journal, and in Martinu’s Mysterious Accident, a collection of essays edited by Michael Beckerman. He co-edited (with Karla Hartl) The Kapralova Companion, a book of essays devoted to the Czech woman composer Vitezslava Kapralova, which was published in 2011 by Lexington Books. In 2013 his chapter on Dussek’s “L’Invocation” Sonata was published in Jan Ladislav Dussek: A Bohemian Composer En Route Through Europe, edited by Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald and Roberto Illiano. Erik has released two recordings of solo piano and chamber music by Martinu on the Summit Records label.

More than 30 Years of Teaching Experience

As a classroom instructor Erik served on the music history faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College for eleven years and taught in Harvard University’s Core Program for seven years. He also has 30 years of experience as a private piano teacher, and recently established his piano studio on Sanibel Island in Florida. To learn more about Erik Entwistle’s experience and qualifications please see his curriculum vitae.

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