Penny Lazarus was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been performing and studying piano for over 30 years. Penny studied with renowned teacher Natalie Phillips at the University of Pittsburgh and participated in Master Classes with notable pianist Eunice Norton, herself a student of Artur Schnabel.* In addition to piano performance and education, Penny has eight years of classroom teaching experience in both middle school and as an assistant professor at the University level. In 1989, Penny founded the Jackson Street Piano Studio in Pittsburgh, where she taught piano performance as well as music theory, history and composition. In 2000 Ms. Lazarus moved to Massachusetts’ North Shore with her husband Josh Faigen, a playwright, and their two school-age children, Adlai and Max. When not teaching piano, Ms. Lazarus volunteered in the Newburyport Public School system creating educational gardens and teaching horticulture and environmental studies. She now studies voice with professional NATS teacher Martha Peabody, performs locally in Music Theater and in solo art song recitals, and is a section leader, board member and soloist with the Newburyport Choral Society.
*Artur Schnabel was one of the most important pianists of the 20th century and primary editor of Ludwig von Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Schnabel’s teacher was Theodor Leschetiszky, who was a talented student under Carl Czerny. Carl Czerny was a young piano prodigy whose teacher was Ludwig von Beethoven. The study of Beethoven’s sonatas and works for piano has always figured prominently in Penny’s piano studio as well as those of her teachers.