Cited as "one of the worldÂ´s most sought-after artist teachers" (Clavier, USA) for "a magical ability to develop his piano students into artists" (Sur ExprÃ¨s, France), Solomon Mikowsky is featured in Benjamin SaverÂ´s The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA.
Mikowsky has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists. His students have won over 150 international piano competitions, including the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Israel (three winners, including 1st Prize); Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Sviatoslav Richter in Moscow; Van Cliburn (Special Award); Beethoven in Bonn and Schumann in Leipzig (1st prizes), in Germany; Vianna da Motta and Porto (two winners in each), in Portugal; Alessandro Casagrande (1st Prize), Senigallia (1st Prize), Caltanisseta, Finale Ligure, Ibla, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, Monza and Torrefranca, in Italy; Andorra (four winners, including two 1st prizes and the Alicia de Larrocha Prize); Vilnius International Competition (1st prize) in Lithuania; Francis Poulenc in France; Dublin in Ireland; Montreal (two winners); Panama (nine winners, including three 1st prizes); Yamaha in Japan; ViÃ±a del Mar in Chile; Ignacio Cervantes in Cuba (two winners, including 1st Prize); China international competitions in Beijing and Shanghai, and the Taipei Chopin International Piano Competition in Taiwan.
His students have also won many competitions in Spain, including the Santander (1st Prize); Maria Canals (eight winners, including three 1st prizes) and Ricardo ViÃ±es, in Barcelona; JosÃ© Iturbi (four winners, including two 1st prizes), Carlet (five 1st prizes) and JosÃ© Roca (two winners, including 1st Prize), in Valencia; Pilar Bayona in Zaragoza (six winners, including 1st Prize); JaÃ©n (seven winners, including two 1st prizes); JoaquÃn Rodrigo and Hermanos Guerrero (four winners, including 1st prizes in each), Infanta Cristina (including 1st prize), Spanish Composers (Spanish Prize) and Ataulfo Argenta, in Madrid; Ibiza (two 1st prizes), Cidade de Ferrol in Galicia (1st and 2nd prizes); Toledo (1st Prize); Marisa Montiel (1st Prize), Albacete (1st Prize), and Manresa.
In the United States, they have won the Chopin Kosciuszko (10 winners, including eight 1st prizes), Artists International (five prize winners), the Naumburg Foundation and the Thomas Richner (1st Prize), in New York; Minnesota E-Competition (two winners); World Competition in Cincinnati (three winners, including 1st Prize); Murray Dranoff and Palm Beach (1st Prize) in Florida; New Orleans (1st Prize); Hartford Symphony (1st prize); New Jersey Symphony (1st Prize); Junior Missouri-Southern (1st Prize); Gina Bachauer in Utah; Cleveland; Hilton Head; Houston Symphony; Denver Symphony; Augusta Symphony; Helen Hart in Kentucky and North Carolina Symphony. Two of his students have been recipients of the Arthur Rubinstein and Shura Cherkassky debut recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (respectively). At Manhattan School of Music, various winners of the Harold Bauer Award, four winners of the Munz Chopin Competition and about forty winners of the yearly concerto competition.
Mikowsky students have received the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Astral Artists, in the United States, the Diapason DâOr, in France, and the Orden al MÃ©rito Civil by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Many of his students are currently holding important teaching positions at the leading conservatories in England, Spain, Germany, China, Taiwan, South Korea and in the United States, including one member of the Manes School of Music, two members of the Manhattan School of Music college piano faculty and six members of the MSM Precollege faculty.
In North America, his pupils have performed with the New York (two students) & Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras, the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, National and San Francisco symphonies, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the Atlanta (two students), Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota (two students), New Orleans, Oregon, Seattle and St. Louis symphonies and the Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, in the United States; Vancouver and Montreal (two students) symphonies and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Canada, among others.
In Europe, they performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony and Gewandhaus, the Munich Symphony, the RAI National Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, in Germany; the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, in Austria; the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Proms orchestras in London and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, in the United Kingdom; the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, in Holland; the National Orchestra of France; the Budapest Hungarian Festival Orchestra, in Hungary; the Zurich Tonhalle, in Switzerland; the Moscow and St. Petersburg orchestras, in Russia; the Danish National Symphony; the Belarusian Symphony; the National Orchestra and Finnish Radio Orchestra, in Finland; the Porto and the Gulbenkian orchestras in Portugal; and the Czech and North Czech philharmonic orchestras and the National Symphony of the Czech Republic, among others. They have also performed as soloists with the Cairo Symphony in Egypt, and the main orchestras in South and Central America, the Caribbean (Cuba and the Dominican Republic), the Melbourne Symphony in Australia and in the Far East (China, Taiwan, South Korea, the Tokyo Symphony in Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines).
They have performed under such conductors as Comissiona, Dudamel, Dutoit, Ehrling, Entremont, Eschenbach, Falletta, Fischer, FrÃ¼beck de Burgos, Masur, Skrowaczewski, Petrenko, Zinman and many others. They have been guest artists at the Aspen (two students), Bowdoin, Canary Islands, Caramoor, Edinburgh, GijÃ³n, LondonÂ´s Proms, Lucerne, Jerusalem, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart (two students), Ravinia (two students), Salzburg, Santander, Stony Brook, Yellow Barn and Verbier (two students) music festivals, among others.
Solomon Mikowsky was born in Cuba of Russian-Polish parents. His early training was with CÃ©sar PÃ©rez Sentenat, who studied in Paris with JoaquÃn NÃn, student of Moszkowski, a Liszt pupil. He was granted scholarships by the Cuban government and the Juilliard School to study in New York with Sascha Gorodnitzki, foremost pupil of legendary Russian virtuoso Josef Lhevinne, earning a doctorate from Columbia University. He has served on the juries of some of the most important international competitions, and given master classes in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Budapest, Salzburg, London, Paris, Tel Aviv, and throughout Australia and the Far East. During the summer, he directs his International Piano Festivals in Europe and in Cuba, where he teaches and his students perform in recitals and as orchestral soloists.
Dr. Mikowsky has been honored with the Cintas Prize by the Institute of International Education and the Presidential Medal by the Manhattan School of Music. The Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall at MSM was inaugurated in 2010 and expanded in 2018. It exhibits students memorabilia, various editions in different languages of The Piano Teaching Legacy of Solomon Mikowsky by his long-time student Kookhee Hong, and Mikowskyâs own Ignacio Cervantes and the XIX-Century Cuban Danza, as well as some of the hundreds of CDs recorded by his students.
Dr. Mikowsky has taught at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (University of the Arts), New York University, Columbia University Teachers College, and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1974 and of the Precollege faculty since 1969.