The James Hillis Piano Studio

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PHOTO DESC The James Hillis Piano Studio is dedicated to building young pianists' excellence, creativity, goal-setting, and versatility as performers. (Please see above link "performing" for video performances by James Hillis)

Here students acquire effortless technique - a freedom which allows young pianists to focus on great music-making. Students are encouraged to find the meaning in music and how to communicate that meaning through variety in sound, volume, voicing, phrasing, and the larger architectural shape of a piece.


PHOTO DESC We have three concerts a year, all well-attended by the community. In addition to memorized solo works, students are given opportunities to perform with singers, violinists and other instrumentalists - an endeavor which builds enormous musical resources of all kinds for young performers. Students also have the option of entering local and national competitions, an effective way to develop the life-skills of goal-setting, deadlines, and excellence.


PHOTO DESC Most importantly, this studio nurtures a sense of community and support with our students. This is a nourishing atmosphere - not a pressure-cooker. Students' achievements are driven by their sense of camaraderie with their peers, and by a love of music. That's the best atmosphere for creating truly great music. It's a philosophy that shows in the beautiful playing of our students.


PHOTO DESC James Hillis is an award-winning pianist, and graduate of Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with the chair of the Oberlin piano faculty, Naumberg winner Joseph Schwartz, as well as Julian Martin (now at Juilliard). After Conservatory, Mr. Hillis studied with Veda Kaplinsky, currently the head of the Juilliard piano division. Among his many honors, Mr. Hillis is Winner of The Tanglewood Music Festival's Outstanding Young Pianist Award.

The James Hillis Piano Studio is part of a new venture: The Capital Piano Conservatory - also founded by Mr. Hillis. The Capital Piano Conservatory includes: The James Hillis Piano Studio; our Community Concert Series, where students and professional musicians perform together; and our summer programs: The Concerto Project, Note-Learning Intensive, Young Pianists & Vocalists Festival, Group Music History and Music Theory Classes.

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Or call: 301.641.4906