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Karina Bruk

Coordinator of Chamber Music, Professor of Piano

Dr. Karina Bruk holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM) and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (DMA). She has performed solo, chamber music, and lecture recitals both in United States (Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, among others) and abroad. She has presented master classes and workshops on performing and auditioning at such venues as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ), the Handel Haus (Halle, Germany), The Isidor Bajic Music School (Novi Sad, Serbia), and throughout the local New Jersey area. Currently, she performs with pianist Paul Hoffmann as the Bruk-Hoffmann Piano Duo and with baritone Perry Fine as the Fine-Bruk Duo.

Bruk has articles published in DSCH Journal and the Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century Encyclopedia; her doctoral treatise entitled "The 20th-century Well-Tempered Clavier: 24 Preludes and Fugues of Dmitry Shostakovich" was presented at the Fourth International Conference of Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bruk has been a recipient of numerous awards, among them the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America.

Bruk has served as the graduate advisor and coordinator for graduate studies in music at Mason Gross School of the Arts; the master of arts and doctor of philosophy in musicology and in composition/theory for the Graduate School New Brunswick (2011–17); and coordinator of the piano lab (2005–12). Bruk has also held a chair of piano department position at the Newark School of the Arts (2003–11) and served as an artist-in-residence (2011–14). She has been a judicator for the annual Young Artist Talent Search Jeffrey Carollo Scholarship Auditions at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In addition, Bruk is the music director for the musical theatre camp at the South Orange/Maplewood Summer Program. Her professional organization affiliations include World Piano Teachers Association, Piano Teachers Society of America, and the Music Educators Association of New Jersey.

  • Education

    BM, MM – Manhattan School of Music

    DMA – Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

  • Expertise

    Piano, Chamber Music