McCabe, Robin

Celebrated American pianist Robin McCabe has delighted audiences across the United States, Europe, Canada, and in eight concert tours of the Far East. The United States Department of State sponsored her two South American tours, which were triumphs both artistically and diplomatically. McCabe earned her bachelor of music degree summa cum laude at the University of Washington, School of Music, and her master’s and doctorate degrees at the Juilliard School of Music. She joined the Juilliard faculty in 1978, then returned to join the faculty at the School of Music at the University of Washington in 1987. In 1994 she was appointed Director of the School of Music, a position she held until 2009. With colleague Craig Sheppard, she launched the Seattle Piano Institute, an intense summer immersion experience for gifted classical pianists.

The winner of numerous prizes and awards, including the International Concert Artists Guild Competition and a Rockefeller Foundation grant, McCabe was the subject of a New Yorker magazine profile, “Pianist’s Progress,” later expanded into a book of the same title.

In 1995 McCabe presented the annual faculty lecture (a concert with commentary) at the University of Washington. She is the first professor of music in the history of the University to be awarded this lectureship. Seattle magazine selected McCabe as one of 17 current and past University of Washington professors who have had an impact on life in the Pacific Northwest. In 2005, to celebrate its 100th year as an institution, The Juilliard School selected McCabe as one of 100 alumni from 20,000 currently living to be profiled in its centenary publication recognizing distinction and accomplishments in the international world of music, dance, and theater. Today, students from around the world seek admission to her studio.

Her recordings include an album for Vanguard Records featuring the premiere recording of Guido Agosti’s transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Stereo Review described her disc of Bartok as “all that we have come to expect from this artist, a first-rate performance!” She was commissioned to record four albums for Grammofon AB BIS in Stockholm, which remain distributed internationally, including the CD Robin McCabe Plays Liszt.

McCabe appears often as an invited jurist for international piano competitions, most recently in New Orleans, San Antonio, and Vancouver, Canada.

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