Julie Jordan, Pianist

JULIE JORDAN, American pianist, has developed a considerable following as both performer and teacher.  Dr. Jordan teaches at The Juilliard School where she is known for her evening masterclasses in New York as well as abroad.  Julie Jordan's goal is to inspire her students to become their own best teacher.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, MSM, UCLA, and Dominican University of San Rafael, Dr. Jordan has earned her DMA, MFA, MM, and BM magna cum Laude.  Julie Jordan was the recipient of numerous honors and scholarships as a piano performance major and acknowledges the vital opportunities such programs as our summer Musica e Arte Festival 2008 provide for performers. 

Julie Jordan's first prize awards including scholarships and performances: the Marin Symphony, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Piccola, Contra Costa Symphony, the Dominican Orchestra, Burbank Symphony, Berkeley Bach Festival, Aspen Music Festival and UCLA's Frank Sinatra's Classical Music Award.  Dr. Jordan held teaching fellowships at UCLA and The Juilliard School where she was also awarded the Atwater-Kent and Knafel prizes. 

Julie Jordan has performed recitals, chamber music and piano concerti on the concert platforms of UCLA's Royce Hall, UC Berkeley' Hertz Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Civic Center, Santa Barbara's Lobero Theater, Alice Tully Hall, in addition to salon settings throughout the US and in Stratford, Ontario, the isles of Capri and Cloisters of San Nicola, Italy Japan, Greece, and Manhattan.  Celebrating, Juilliard's 100th Anniversary, Julie Jordan joined her students in performances each semester in Paul Hall and Morse Hall.  Dr. Jordan created the popular Piano Concerto Class, an effective course in preparing for concerts, competitions and auditions. New York City's 'upper west side'  is the home of Julie's teaching studio, filled with two pianos and often, students who travel from some distance.

It is clear that Dr. Jordan thrives on teaching which has added a significant dimension to her own playing. Guiding pianists towards an independent point of view, Julie Jordan encourages her students to listen with their own ears for color, harmonic understanding and balance that makes the structure whole, while they tell a story through their own playing. 

Blessed with extraordinary teachers, who were pupils of the legendary pianists Artur Schnabel, Edwin Fischer and David Saperton, Dr. Jordan savors the riches from her pedagogues: Aube Tzerko, Adolph Baller, Tanya Ury and Abbey Simon.

Dr. Julie Jordan is the author of Speed-reading at the Keyboard in three volumes.  Julie Jordan's performances have been broadcast on the radio stations of WQXR, and WNYC in Manhattan and KDFC and KKHI in San Francisco.

"...Miss Jordan was completely in charge of things, executing the ornamental runs and trills with precision and polish and bringing out all the formal elegance of the work.  Her manner at the keyboard was irreproachable." (Kenneth Brown of Santa Babara's Newspress)

"...Orchestra Piccola concert included a brilliant virtuoso performance by pianist Julie Jordan...her graceful and vivid performance of the Beetoven Concerto in C Major was the highlight of the afternoon.  Miss Jordan performed no only with technical command but also with insight.. Miss Jordan was completely in her depth emotionally.  The result was a sparkling, limpid rendering...Her handling was velvety smooth, assured, and most of all , graceful."  (Independent Journal, Marin County)

"...Marin Symphony's concert was sparked by the presence of pianist, Julie Jordan...She played the Schumann Concerto with a full, confident tone, throwing herself into the soaring melodies and sensitively ending each phrase."  (San Francisco Examiner)