Selected Alumni Bios

Erik T. Tawaststjerna

Finnish-born pianist Erik T. Tawaststjerna studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and received degrees from the Vienna Music Academy as a pupil of Dieter Weber; The Juilliard School, New York, as a pupil of Sascha Gorodnitzki; and a doctorate from NYU Steinhardt under the guidance of Eugene List.

He has given recitals throughout the world, including the first Finnish performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” in 1981, and a command performance in 1990 for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo.

Mr. Tawaststjerna has recorded the complete piano music of Jean Sibelius on the BIS label. Since 1982, he has taught at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he was appointed full professor of piano and Head of Piano Studies in 1986.

He is co-director of the biennial Espoo International Piano Festival near Helsinki and has served as juror on many prestigious international piano competitions. Erik Tawaststjerna was named Professor of the Year 2006 by the Finnish Professors’ League.