Craig Sheppard came to the University of Washington School of Music in 1993 and is Senior Artist-in-Residence in Piano. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City. Sheppard’s teachers included Rudolf Serkin, Sir Clifford Curzon, Eleanor Sokoloff, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Ilona Kabos, and Peter Feuchtwanger.
Following a highly successful New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1972, he won the silver medal at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in England. Moving to England the following year, Mr. Sheppard quickly established himself through recordings and frequent appearances on BBC radio and television as one of the preeminent pianists of his generation, giving cycles of Bach’s Klavierbung and the complete solo works of Brahms in London and other European centers. While in England, he also taught at Lancaster University, the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Mr. Sheppard has performed with all the major orchestras in Great Britain, as well as those of Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, <Buffalo and Rochester, and with such conductors as Sir Georg Solti, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Erich Leinsdorf, Aaron Copland, David Zinman, Gerard Schwarz, and Peter Erös. His work with singers such as Victoria de los Angeles, José Carreras, and Irina Arkhipova, instrumentalists such as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and ensembles such as the Cleveland and Bartok string quartets have also played a significant role in his musical development. He is known for his broad academic interests, particularly foreign languages.
Mr. Sheppard has had a high profile with both the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Park City (Utah) Chamber Music Festival. He was the featured soloist in the opening concerts of the Seattle Symphony’s 1996-1997 season, and in 1998 appeared again with them in their new home at Benaroya Hall. In April 1999, he made his recital debut with the Berlin Philharmonic to great critical acclaim. On January 13, 2000, Mr. Sheppard stepped in on three hours’ notice to perform the Mozart C Minor Concerto, K. 491, with Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.
He has recorded on the EMI, Polygram (Philips), Sony, Chandos and Cirrus labels.