Stewart Gordon Bio »

Stewart Gordon is the new President of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. He is currently professor, keyboard studies, at the Thornton School of  Music of the University of Southern California and holds a doctorate in performance from the Eastman School of Music.  His teachers included Olga Samaroff, Walter Gieseking, Cecile Genhart and Adela Marcus.  Dr. Gordon has significant accomplishments in the areas of performance, composition, publishing and pedagogy.  He founded the William Kapell Competition at the University of Maryland, where he was Chair of the Piano Division and later, of the department of music.  He founded the Savannah Onstage Music  Festival, the American Traditions Competition in Savannah and the Cultural Heritage Competitions in NYC.

Dr. Gordon has toured in the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, the Caribbean and Saudi Arabia.  His recordings include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, De Falla, Scriabin, Ellis Kohs, Luis de Frietas-Branco, and the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes.  He is the author of Etudes for Piano Teachers, A History of Keyboard Literature, and co-author of The Well-Tempered keyboard Teacher.   He is currently working on a new edition of the 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven and his latest book, Mastering the Art of Performance was recently released by Oxford Press.

As a composer he writes mainly for musical theater and his shows have been produced in New York, Washington, Savannah, Hollywood, and Hawaii.  Gordon resides just outside the Palm Springs area.