June 23, 2021: Audrey Andrist,
“Practicing Patience and Memorizing Methodically”
Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has spent decades learning, memorizing and performing extremely complex modern repertoire (as well as standard repertoire, of course!), and teaching this repertoire to her many students. Dr. Andrist will offer tips and strategies for cultivating and encouraging patience in students’ practice routines, and for building confident, lasting memorization of all types and levels of repertoire.
Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity”, Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has thrilled audiences around the globe, from North America to Japan, China and Germany with her “passionate abandon” and “great intelligence.” Ms. Andrist grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, and while in high school traveled three hours one-way for piano lessons with William Moore, himself a former student of famed musicians Cécile Genhart and Rosina Lhévinne. She completed Masters and Doctoral degrees at the Juilliard School with Herbert Stessin, and garnered first prizes at the Mozart International, San Antonio International, Eckhardt-Gramatté, and Juilliard Concerto Competitions. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. She is a member of the Stern/Andrist Duo with her husband, James Stern, and Strata, a trio with Stern and clarinetist Nathan Williams. Ms. Andrist can be heard on over a dozen recordings on the Albany and New Focus labels, among others. She lives in the Washington, DC area, where she teaches at the Washington Conservatory and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and where she was a visiting faculty member at the University of Maryland-College Park this past spring. Her CD of solo works by Robert Schumann is available on Centaur Records. audreyandrist.com