Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman

Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Department/Affiliation: Music
Phone: 330-263-4665
Office Address: 211 Scheide


  • Master of Music (Piano Performance), The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance), The Cleveland Institute of Music

Courses Taught

  • MUSC 132: Piano
  • MUSC 232: Piano

Biography, Performance, and Research

Pianist Laura Silverman began her piano studies at the age of 4 in Nashville, Tennessee and by the age of 15 made her debut with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra playing Liszt Concerto in Eb Major under Thor Johnson.

She went on for study at The Cleveland Institute of Music with Vitya Vronsky Babin and became her assistant in the conservatory. She received BM in 1976 and MM in 1978 with additional studies under Paul Schenly and Grant Johannessen. She twice won the CIM Concerto Competition and was a member of the CIM preparatory faculty from 1978-1988.

Her international awards include prizewinner at The Casadesus International Piano Competition (now The Cleveland International Piano Competition), prize winner at the J.S. Bach International Competition and was chosen as a USIA Artistic Ambassador to Brazil, Chile and Australia, giving performances and master classes.

In addition to being an adjunct faculty member of the College of Wooster Department of Music (1999-2001, 2004-present) Ms. Silverman also coordinates the Collaborative Piano Studies at The University of Akron. She is the accompanist for The Cleveland Orchestra programs called "Rainbow Programs" for children and also serves as accompanist when needed for guest artists for The Cleveland Orchestra. In this capacity she has worked with Christoph von Dohnanyi, Pierre Boulez and Franz Welser-Möst.

Ms. Silverman's latest achievements are in China. For the past 3 years, she has given concerts and master classes to college students at The Central Conservatory in Beijing, Hunan City University in Hunan Province, and East China Normal University in Shanghai among other cities. Various training schools in Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, repeatedly invite her back for her work with children.