New Muse Piano Duo New Muse Piano Duo





New Muse Piano Duo

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Jonathan Kuuskoski
  • Paola Savvidou

Event Details

The New Muse Piano Duo (Paola Savvidou and Jonathan Kuuskoski), based in Ann Arbor, MI, specializes in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. They actively commission and perform newly composed works for four-hands and two pianos, with a particular interest in exploring the piano in its fullest capacity as a string, percussion, and keyboard instrument.

Tours have taken them across the United States to universities in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and abroad to the Ionian University in Corfu (Greece). International engagements include guest artist recitals at the European Association for Music in Schools Conference and the Biennial Euro-Mediterranean Musicological Conference at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, and a lecture-recital at the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Oslo. Other US festival appearances include Omaha Under the Radar and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, CT. Based at the University of Missouri from 2012-2015, they were featured artists at the Missouri Music Teachers Association State Conference and the Mizzou International Composers Festival, and have enjoyed multiple performances at local series such as the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the Friends of Music St. Louis and the University of Missouri St. Louis Monday Noon Series.

They have received grants for commissioning and recording new music from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation (supported by the Mizzou New Music Initiative), the Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant Award, the MU Research Arts Council, and the MU School of Music. Their first CD was released by the Blue Griffin label and it includes commissions by Gabriel Prokofiev, Amy Williams, Haley Myers and curated works by Emily Doolittle, Oleg Bezborodko, Henrik Ajax, James Romig and Stacey Barelos. They have also commissioned duo works by Matthew Heap and Jeffrey Hoover, and solo works by Robert Honstein and James Romig.  

Jonathan Kuuskoski

Jonathan Kuuskoski currently serves as interim chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and director of the EXCEL Lab at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In these roles, he is responsible for co-developing and implementing wide-ranging entrepreneurship and career development resources, including extensive career advising, workshops featuring diverse arts leaders, and the annual distribution of $100,000 in student project, venture, and internship funding. He also teaches a variety of courses focused on performing arts career development. Read more.

Paola Savvidou

Paola Savvidou, DMA, NCTM, is a pianist, pedagogue, wellness advocate and entrepreneur. On a daily basis she wears many hats serving as Wellness Coordinator and Global Engagement Advisor for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Content Development Manager for iCadenza, and also runs her own piano studio called Music Lotus in Ann Arbor, MI. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Missouri where she taught applied piano, undergraduate and graduate courses in piano pedagogy and wellness, and coordinated the Group Piano Program. Read more.