Menahem Pressler, 2015 Masterclass Faculty
Menahem Pressler is a co-founder, and for fifty years a continuing member, of the Beaux Arts Trio, with which he recorded almost the Trio said farewell to the concert stage in the Summer of 2009, Pressler is entire chamber literature with piano for Philips. Although the Beaux Arts in greater demand than ever for solo and chamber music engagements as well as performances with orchestra. He has taught master classes in Germany, France, Canada, and Argentina, and is internationally active as a soloist and chamber musician.
He has received four Grammy Award nominations and a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone magazine and from the Edison Foundation (Netherlands). Professor Pressler was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received the German Critics "Ehrenurkunde" award (in recognition of 40 years of setting the standard by which chamber music is measured); received the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal of Merit for lifetime achievement in music; won the Record of the Year Award in England; was honored as part of the Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 1997; won the German Recording Award; and was first prize winner of the Debussy Competition.
Indiana University Distinguished Professor Pressler has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a frequently called on to judge at prestigious competitions, most recently serving as a juror at the Van Cliburn and Queen Elizabeth (Belgium) international competitions.