Craig Sheppard, piano, is Professor of Piano and Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Washington School of Music. A graduate of both Curtis and Juilliard, he studied with Rudolf Serkin, Sir Clifford Curzon, Eleanor Sokoloff, Sascha Gorodnitzki and Ilona Kabos. Following his 1972 New York début at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sheppard won the silver medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has performed the complete solo works of Brahms and Bach’s Klavierübung in major European cities, and has taught at the University of Lancaster, Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Sheppard has performed with all the major orchestras in Great Britain, and those of Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Rochester, Dallas and Seattle. Recent concert and recording projects have included the 32 Beethoven sonatas, and major works of Bach: the Six Partitas, Inventions and Sinfonias, and both books of The Well Tempered Clavier, among others. A frequent performer with MOR, he is the soloist in Krasa’s Overture for Small Orchestra on MOR’s Brundibár recording (Naxos 8.570119).