Clavier Companion - May/June 2017 - 10
An interview with Elvina Pearce
by Edward Darling
lvina Pearce studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy
with Frances Clark. For more than six decades, she has presented
recitals, workshops, and master classes in more than forty states as
well as in Canada, the Republic of China, and Australia. Highlights
of her pianistic career include recitals in Taipei, Taiwan, and Perth,
Australia, at Carnegie Recital Hall in NYC, at the National Gallery
of Art in Washington, D.C., and as soloist with both the Chicago
Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic.
For fourteen years, Elvina taught piano and pedagogy at
Northwestern University. She also served as National Certification
Chair for MTNA, and from 2000-2006 she was Editor-in-Chief of
Keyboard Companion magazine. She is the composer of more than
thirty published piano collections, and is the author of a best-selling
book, The Success Factor in Piano Teaching: Making Practice Perfect.
In 2011, Elvina received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and in 2014, she was
inducted into the Illinois Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.