Setnor School of Music
Professor, Applied Music and Performance (Piano, Collaborative Arts)
Keyboard Area Coordinator
Fred Karpoff is the winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association for 'The 3-D Piano Method.' Produced with filmmaker Richard Breyer, '3-D Piano' is a multi-DVD series and book on a whole-body approach to piano playing and teaching, currently in use in more than 30 countries around the world.
Karpoff presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, including as guest artist at many state MTA conferences and as presenter at MTNA and NCKP. Entrada, his new online video resource for effortless piano technique, was launched in 2014. He has performed as both soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including prominent venues in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China, and the United States. As guest artist at major music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians.
A former artistic ambassador for the United States Information Agency, Karpoff is a prize winner in the San Antonio, Frinna Awerbuch, Dublin, and Competition Internationale international piano competitions. In addition to his critically acclaimed release Heroic Tales: Piano Music of Edward MacDowell, Renegade Classics has issued his live Beethoven Trio performances with musicians at the Skaneateles Festival and This Moment and Snapshots with soprano Rebecca Karpoff.
Karpoff has studied with Ann Schein, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Robert Weirich and holds the doctor of musical arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he was a frequent performer in the master classes of Leon Fleisher. His undergraduate training took place at Northwestern University. He has also worked with Jeffrey Kahane, Richard Goode, and Karl-Ulrich Schnabel.
Karpoff has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and as visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. He is professor of piano and keyboard area coordinator at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, which has honored him with the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. In 2013 he lived in Strasbourg, France, where he led SUAbroad’s music program in conjunction with the Conservatoire de Strasbourg.
Karpoff is a Steinway Artist.