Piano Series: February
Join the Office of Student Affairs in partnership with the NYU Steinhardt Piano Studies Department for our February Piano Series, featuring Jake Holtzman from Steinhardt and Kaitlyn Chang Liu, one of our very own Tandon students! A light reception to follow the concert.
Schumann, Humoreske in B-flat major, Op. 20
Chopin, Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op.post
Granados, Allegro de Concierto, Op.46
Chopin, Ballade No.4 in F Minor, Op.52
Pianist Jake Holtzman comes from San Rafael, California, and began his piano studies at age four. Currently based in New York City, he has performed in many venues throughout the United States with recent engagements bringing him to Old St. Mary’s Cathedral for San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts, the San Francisco Steinway Piano Gallery, the Kalamazoo Epic Center, and the Avram Theater in Southampton, NY. Jake has garnered several awards recognizing his work, including the NYU Walter Reinhold Scholarship, the Gilmore Master Class Fellowship, and the Oberlin Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying.
Recent festival engagements include a position as accompanist for the 2018 Castleman Quartet Program, where Jake collaborated and performed with many of the festival students in addition to faculty members Charles Castleman, Thomas Landschoot, and Csaba Erdélyi. In summer 2015, Jake attended Pianofest in the Hamptons.
A passionate and experienced teacher, Jake teaches for The Browning School, Rubato Music School, Music to Your Home, and has taught as an adjunct piano instructor at NYU.
Jake completed his master’s degree in piano performance at NYU Steinhardt, where he studied with Eteri Andjaparidze. He did his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College & Conservatory, completing a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Past piano teachers have included Peter Takács, John McCarthy, Peter Horvath, and Adam Domash. Jake has also participated in master classes given by distinguished pianists such as András Schiff, Natalya Antonova, and John O’Conor.
In addition to his experience as a classical pianist, Jake also plays jazz, having performed both as a solo jazz pianist and as a member of many jazz combos. While not playing the piano, Jake enjoys cooking, and also devotes time to activism for various human rights causes.
Kaitlyn Chang Liu is now studying mechanical engineering at Tandon. She started to play the piano at the age of 5 under her mother's instruction. She is a passionate pianist seeking to inspire people with her music.