University Place, Syracuse University
Fred Karpoff

Setnor School of Music
Professor, Applied Music and Performance (Piano, Collaborative Arts)

Fred Karpoff has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including venues in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China, and the United States.

A former artistic ambassador for the United States Information Agency, Karpoff is a prize winner in the San Antonio, Dublin, and Competition Internationale international piano competitions. As guest artist at music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians.

Winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association, Karpoff presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, including appearances at the past several MTNA Conferences and the recent National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy with Randall Faber. Engagements in late 2017 include teacher training workshops, master classes, and performances in Salt Lake City, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Pune.

He is the artistic producer of Entrada Piano Technique, an online video resource for teachers and students to achieve effortless piano technique at Entrada is partnering with Faber Piano Adventures to produce Technique & Artistry Online in fall 2017. More information is available at  

Karpoff has been fortunate to study with Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Robert Weirich, and Yoheved Kaplinsky and to have had extensive coachings with Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Richard Goode. He holds the doctor of musical arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory and his undergraduate training took place at Northwestern University.

Karpoff is professor of piano at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University and has served as visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. He is a Steinway artist and is the director of professional development at the Faber Piano Institute.