Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and Chamber Music
Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Stuttgart
Professor of Music
Coordinator of Certificate in Piano Performance
Areas of Expertise
• Chamber Music
Judith Burganger has thrilled audiences in many of the world’s leading concert halls since she was 6 years old. She has an extraordinary history as a concert pianist, winning an array of first place awards in major international piano competitions where she was adjudicated by the world's leading concert artists. Her remarkable achievements include being: the FIRST American ever to win the coveted 1st Prize of the International Piano Competition (ARD) in Munich, Germany; a Laureate of the International Piano Competition in Geneva, Switzerland; the 1st Prize winner of the National Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, DC.; the 1st Place winner in the Piano Competition of German Music Conservatories in Cologne, Germany; and finally the winner of a Grant awarded by the Cultural Coalition of German Industry.
When Lorin Maazel heard her play, he arranged for her to be on the roster of a major New York management and personally invited her to perform Richard Strauss's 'Burleske' with the Cleveland Orchestra. After Andre Previn heard her, he too, arranged for her to perform. This time she was engaged to play the Rachmaninoff 'Paganini Variations' with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She performed throughout the world with some of the most distinguished symphony orchestras and conductors in North America, Europe and Asia. Highlights of this acclaimed career include performances with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall under Bernard Haitink, the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall under Kazuyoshi Akiyama, the Pittsburgh Symphony in Heinz Hall under Sergiu Commissiona, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall under Michael Tilson Thomas, Josef Krips, William Steinberg, and Arthur Fiedler, the National Symphony in Constitution Hall, the Baltimore Symphony, the Toronto and Winnegpeg Symphony Orchestras, the Munich Radio Symphony in Herkules Saal under Dean Dixon, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, virtually all major radio symphony orchestras in western Europe, the Tokyo Radio Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, among others.
Her chamber music performances include collaborations with such celebrated string quartets as the Cleveland Quartet with whom she performed in the Library of Congress and on tour, the Emerson, Miami, Muir, Ridge, Lark, Alexander, Ciompi and Cavani. She is the co-founder of the acclaimed 'FAU Chamber Soloists' and 'Brahms Festival Concerts,' which have been performing since 1983. She has been in residence in both European and American chamber music festivals. And has been a partner in “Four Hands at One Piano” concerts with Leonid Treer for over 20 years. Her vast and varied repertoire ranges from virtually all genres of chamber music, well over 30 piano concert plus a wealth of solo piano literature.
Judith Burganger is currently senior Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and is listed in countless international reference books of classical music by the Cambridge, England, Biographical Centre. She has held the position of Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, Florida International University and held the Eva Browning Artist in Residence Chair at Texas Tech University. Ms. Burganger Is an ardent and patient teacher who is deeply involved with helping each individual student achieve his/her highest potential and goals. Her students have won national, as well as regional competitions.
Professor Burganger has an Artist Diploma and Master’s Certificate from the Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, where she lived and studied almost 10 years learning in particular the performance styles of German/Austrian as well as French composers along with the language, customs and culture of their countries. Prior to her studies in Europe, she was a student of Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and of Seymour Lipkin in New York City. She grew up in Buffalo New York where she was a student of the prominent pedagogue, Laura Kelsey.
Professor Burganger is coordinator of Piano Pedagogy studies and offers the Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy to professional as well as aspiring private piano teachers. Her expertise in Piano Literature allows her to also offer exciting courses within this specialty.