Grammy Award-nominated pianist Claudia Knafo was presented in her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition in 1995. The premier and subsequent recording of Binette Lipper’s Circles of Light with the North/South Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Max Lifchitz, led to a nomination for the 2010 Grammy Awards in the category of best soloist with orchestra.
In high demand as an educator and expert in Latin American music, she was invited as Artist-in-Residence to Ecuador’s Universidad de las Artes in Guayaquil in 2019, was featured at the 10th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2018, and has presented master classes in Campinas and São Paulo, Brazil.
Past highlights as soloist with orchestra include the Danbury Symphony under the baton of Ariel Rudiakov: a the Manhattanville Orchestra, under the baton of Elliot Magaziner, touring with the Manchester Festival Orchestra, and appearances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca and the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de la Prefectura del Guayas in Ecuador. Ms. Knafo has appeared on concert series at the Caramoor Music Festival, the Goethe Institut, Merkin Concert Hall, University of Campinas (Brazil), Carnegie Mellon University, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others.
A native New Yorker, Claudia began piano lessons with her mother at age five, continuing her studies with Rosetta Goodkind at the Manhattan School of Music. Awarded a Masters of Music from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate from Boston University her major teachers were Anthony di Bonaventura, Patricia Zander, and Gary Steigerwalt. Ms. Knafo is currently on the faculty of Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. Previous positions include department chair of the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the Hoff-Barthelson School of Music faculty.