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Claude Cymerman


A native of France, Cymerman graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with highest honors, studying with Pierre Sancan. After winning national and international competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud contest, he studied at Indiana University with Gyorgy Sebök. The late French President Georges Pompidou recognized him, in a special ceremony, as “Outstanding Pianist.” 

Prof. Cymerman performs extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and has appeared as a soloist with the Radio France Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre Symphonique de Limoges, the Luxembourg and San Francisco Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A member of the Trio Concorde (based in New York), he is regularly invited to perform and give master classes at major festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Israel and is a frequent guest on French National Radio and the BBC. In 1982, he created the role of the composer Johannes Brahms on French National Television. 

Cymerman made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985, with Rumanian born violinist Sherban Lupu (followed by a CD recording of works by Georges Enesco on the Continuum label), and has since played four more concerts there. He has performed with cellist Gary Hofmann and violinist Federico Agostini (former concertmaster of the chamber orchestra I Musici di Roma) with whom he has recorded chamber works of Erich Korngold. In June 2002, he joined violinist Nai-Yuan Hu, first prizewinner of the Queen Elizabeth International Competition, for a CD recording of virtuosic transcriptions of Viennese Waltzes for the EMI-Classics label. 

In addition to the standard repertoire, Cymerman also performs more unusual solo and chamber music performances, such as tangos by Astor Piazzolla, neglected works by child prodigy Erich Korngold, and his own transcription of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Appointed to the DePauw University faculty in 1974, Cymerman was named the John C. and Lillian W. Siegesmund Professor of Music in 1996, in recognition of his outstanding teaching and artistic accomplishments.