John Perry

Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Piano

John Perry, distinguished artist and teacher, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Eastman School of Music and was a student of Cecile Genhart. During those summers, he worked with the eminent Frank Mannheimer. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, he continued studies in Europe for four years where he worked with Wladyslav Kedra, Polish concert artist and professor at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna, and Carlo Zecchi, renowned conductor, pianist, and head of the piano department at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome.

Perry has won numerous awards including the highest prizes in both the Busoni and Viotti international piano competitions in Italy and special honors at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. Since then he has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim. Also a respected chamber musician, Perry has collaborated with some of the finest instrumentalists in the world. 

He also enjoys presenting master classes throughout the world and acting as a jury member at many international piano competitions.

His students have been prize winners in most major competition: two first-prize winners in the Rubinstein, four first-prize winners in the Music Teacher's National Association national competition, and first-prize winners in the Naumburg National Chopin competition; the Cleveland Competition; Beethoven Foundation competition; the Federated Music Clubs; and the YKA, AMSC, and YMF competitions. He has also taught finalists in the Chopin International in Warsaw; the Van Cliburn; and the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, Dublin, Busoni, Viotti, and the Three Rivers competitions. 

Perry is professor at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, professor of piano at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, recent visiting artist faculty at Boston University, and a professor emeritus of the USC Thornton School of Music. During the summer he is an artist professor at the Lake Como International Piano Academy, the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the Orford Music Festival in Quebec, the Morningside Music Bridge Program in Calgary, Alberta, the Internationaler Klaviersommer Cochem, Germany, the International Music Festival in Perugia, Italy, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, and the Southern California Music Institute Summer Festival, in California. In January he is main guest artist at the Sydney Piano Festival in Australia.

His recordings are available on the Telefunken, Musical Heritage Society, CBC, ACA, and Fox labels.