Liane Alitowski


Area of Interest:

Jewish Music and Society


B. Music, M. Music (Indiana University),
D.M.A. (Stony Brook University)

Liane Alitowski, received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York where she worked with pianist, Gil Kalish, and ethnomusicologist, Dr. Jane Sugarman.

A versatile solo pianist and chamber musician, Dr. Alitowski has performed throughout the Americas, the United Kingdom, Israel and Japan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler, of the Beaux Arts Trio. During that period, she was awarded the Indiana University Performer's Certificate, a scholarship to participate at the Banff Festival of the Arts, and a fellowship from the Spanish Cultural Embassy to perform recitals throughout Spain.

As the first resident orchestral pianist with Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony, Dr. Alitowski has collaborated with artists that include Joshua Bell, Sharon Robinson, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Miami String Quartet, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and the late Audrey Hepburn. She has been featured on WPBT's "Spotlight Performances," as well as nationally on WPBS’ “Great Performances.”

Outside of the concert stage (and as an outgrowth of her doctoral studies), Dr. Alitowski has done extensive academic work in the field of Jewish music. As such, she has taught on the faculties of The Paideia Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, Tel Aviv University in Israel, and the University of Notre Dame in the US.

Her discography includes: “Liane Alitowski plays Haydn, Chopin and Ravel,” recorded at Klavierhaus Studios in New York in 1997, and, “Liane Alitowski plays Beethoven, Debussy and Messiaen - A Live Performance,” recorded in New York in 2004.