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, Fred 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.

Initially mentored by Yoheved Kaplinsky to rethink his approach to piano playing after a career-threatening injury, Fred Karpoff has continued to develop his multi-dimensional approach to piano teaching and technique through a wide range of experience. Combining elements of Tai chi, the Alexander Technique, and the Feldenkrais Method® with the work of many piano pedagogues, past and present, he now guides teachers and students toward more efficient, healthful, and expressive piano playing, as Director of Professional Development at the Faber Piano Institute.  

He is the artistic producer of Entrada Piano Technique, which has partnered with Faber Piano Adventures in 2018 to launch Technique & Artistry at www.faberpiano.com, where Karpoff’s video libraries comprise over four hundred videos of skill and repertoire tutorials featuring a whole-body, three-dimensional approach to playing and teaching the piano.

In addition to Yoheved Kaplinsky, Karpoff studied with Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, and Robert Weirich and 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.

Fred Karpoff is Professor of Piano at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, which presented him with the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. He is an International Steinway Artist and has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music.