Pianist and musicologist Marilyn Nonken is known for her transcendent performances of 20th- and 21st-century music. She has been presented at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie, (le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette (New York), IRCAM, Reid Hall, and the Théâtre Bouffe du Nord (Paris), the ABC (Melbourne) and conservatories, universities and festivals around the world. A student of David Burge at the Eastman School of Music, she received a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University. Her monograph The Spectral Piano (Cambridge University Press, 2015) was received as “a screaming success," and her second book, Identity and Diversity in New Music: The New Complexities (Routledge), was published in July 2019. Fascinated by evolving performance practices and their relationship to philosophy, technology and social structures, she has written chapters for Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music, Messiaen Perspectives, Messiaen in Context and The Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music; served as a guest editor for Contemporary Music Review; and contributed articles to numerous journals, on topics ranging from the French Spectralists to John Cage and Milton Babbitt,. A Steinway artist, Marilyn Nonken has recorded for New World, Mode, Lovely Music, Albany, Metier, Divine Art, Hanging Bell, Harrison House, Innova, CRI, BMOP Sound, New Focus, Kairos, Tzadik, and Bridge. This year will see the release of her recording of Morton Feldman's complete works for violoncello and piano, with Stephen Marotto (Mode). Dr. Nonken, formerly Director of the Program in Piano Studies at NYU Steinhardt (2006-2022), is Professor of Music and Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her recording Syncopated Musings: Rags, Concert Waltzes, and Novelties for the Pianoforte (Divine Art) was released in 2022.
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