CIM’s esteemed Piano Department is committed to nurturing each student, helping the student to grow and learn technically and artistically in an environment of camaraderie. In addition to lessons and master classes, the department offers keyboard literature, piano pedagogy, piano four-hands and duo repertoire, chamber music, collaborative performance with singers and other instrumentalists and harpsichord training. The programs are designed to develop skilled performers familiar with the vast piano repertoire, performance practices and interpretive traditions; and integrate the great traditions of the past with the demands of the music profession in the 21st century.

An All-Steinway School with over 100 Steinways, CIM provides a limited number of Student Apartment Pianos for at-home practice use.

Alumni Success

Meet Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov

Many musicians aspire to long-term career goals like being featured in The New York Times, signing with a major record label and performing at Carnegie Hall. By age 22, international piano sensation Daniil Trifonov had achieved all three. Trifonov earned his performance certificate at CIM in 2014, studying with Sergei Babayan. He is a winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and made his triumphant return to Carnegie Hall in his solo recital debut in February 2013. He is currently a sought-after soloist with the world's major orchestras. 


Our students and graduates have won top prizes in the world's most prestigious competitions, including:

  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Rubinstein
  • Chopin
  • Avery Fischer Prize
  • Young Concert Artists

Additional Learning

Frequent Performing Experience

Opportunities to perform include:

  • concerto performances
  • solo recitals
  • chamber recitals
  • studio classes

Learn from Industry Professionals

Students also benefit from participating in Master classes. Recent guest artist presenters include:

    • Leon Fleisher
    • Emanuel Ax
    • Richard Goode
    • Gilbert Kalish
    • Murray Perahia

    Concerts and events

    Oct 13 Fri
    12:00 pm
    Second Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Kelsey Berg, organ
    Keyboards, Conservatory Student Recitals
    Oct 14 Sat
    6:30 pm
    First Master of Music Recital: Morgan Flanigan, piano
    Keyboards, Conservatory Student Recitals
    Oct 25 Wed
    7:30 pm
    Insiders: Gerardo Teissonnière
    Faculty Recital, Concert Series
    Nov 8 Wed
    7:30 pm
    Perspectives: Stewart Goodyear
    Kulas Visiting Artists, Concert Series
    Nov 29 Wed
    7:30 pm
    Insiders: Ilya Kaler and Antonio Pompa-Baldi
    Faculty Recital, Concert Series