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January 5, 2006

Smith College Appoints Versatile Boston Pianist to Music Faculty

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Renowned pianist Judith Gordon, a versatile and wide-ranging performer as a soloist, collaborator and recording artist, recently joined the Smith College faculty as an assistant professor of music.

Named “Musician of the Year” in 1996 by the Boston Globe, Gordon has performed alongside some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including world-class cellists Andres Diaz and Yo-Yo Ma, violists Marcus Thompson and James Dunham, violinist Rose Mary Harbison, soprano Lisa Saffer, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, and the Borromeo and Lydian String Quartets. She has collaborated with a broad spectrum of composers, including Martin Brody, Alan Fletcher, Lee Hyla, Libby Larsen, Peter Lieberson, John Harbison, Peter Child and David Horne.

Since giving her New York City debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Introductions” series, Gordon has performed extensively. In addition to appearances with the Boston Pops, Gordon has performed as soloist with the Boston Modern Ochestra Project, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, the Longwood Symphony and the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra.

A guest artist and teacher at chamber music festivals throughout the country, she is an artistic co-director for Music from Salem in New York and has been a juror at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She is frequently presented by the Bank of America Celebrity Series and Emmanuel Music.

At Smith, Gordon will teach piano students and perform as a member of the Smith Chamber players.

“We are delighted to welcome pianist Judith Gordon as our new colleague at Smith,” said Jane Bryden, the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music and chair of the piano search committee. “She is a thoughtful musician of enormous experience and accomplishment who has already made an important contribution to the music world.”

Gordon has made recordings with Andrew Kohji Taylor; Cynthia Phelps; and Essential Music. Upcoming releases include John Harbison's "Mottetti di Montale" with Janice Felty, and chamber works by Lee Hyla. She has also been a frequent guest on public radio in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Gordon’s principal teacher was pianist Patricia Zander.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.

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