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Sandra Rivers

Pianist Sandra Rivers enjoys a reputation today as one of the foremost performing artists of her generation. She has concertized throughout the world and has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Aspen, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Kennedy Center and on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. She has performed in most of the major halls in the world. In addition to her solo career, Ms. Rivers has become widely known for her concert partnerships with many of the world’s leading soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, Kyung-Wha Chung, Sarah Chang and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others.

Her collaborations with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Sarah Chang have taken her twice to the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno respectively. In recent seasons she has been a guest artist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players; she performed a benefit recital for the CSO with the principal cellist. She has presented chamber music recitals and masterclasses at the Las Vegas Academy, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and the Nevada School of the Arts as part of a mini-residency. Ms. Rivers was an adjudicator at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition where she also gave a piano masterclass and a lecture on the challenges of collaborative piano performance. She has also performed in a chamber music recital and given a chamber music masterclass at Indiana University.

This season Ms. Rivers will do a mini-residency at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. She will be a guest artist on two chamber music series in Placitas and Socorro, New Mexico and will perform chamber music at Christ Cathedral Church in Cincinnati on the Music Live at Lunch Series. She will teach and perform at the Tuacahn Summer Arts Festival in Utah. She has recordings on the following labels: Teldec, RCA Victor Red Seal, EMI/Angel, Pony Canyon, CBS Masterworks, Musical Heritage and Zafiro (Spain).

Ms. Rivers is currently on the keyboard faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is the artistic coordinator for the CCM/Steinway Recital Series, which takes place at Steinway Hall in New York City. She is a Steinway Artist.