“I grew up listening to great recordings of great performances by great artists, made on great Steinway pianos. Now no matter where I am, walking onto a stage where there is a Steinway piano is a little bit like coming home.”
Walter Cosand is a pianist and Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University. He has degrees and a Performer’s Certificate from Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Cécile Genhart and Barry Snyder. He also studied with Brooks Smith and with Joerg Demus. His awards include the Eastman Concerto Competition, the International Piano Recording Competition and grants from the NEA and DAAD.
Cosand has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and many music periodicals. An experienced recitalist and chamber music performer, he has also performed more than thirty concertos. He has performed in Australia, Korea, China, Thailand, Russia, Canada, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has been heard on NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Korean Cable Television, Radio Sverdlovsk and AMD-TV Beijing. He played in Weill Recital Hall, at the first Steinway Festival in Dalian, China, at Brazil’s Festival Virtuosi, and has performed solos with orchestras in thirteen cities in China.
He taught classes at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, Northwestern University, the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Mississippi Piano Showcase, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, and at Instituto Politecnico, Castelo Branco, Portugal. In Korea he taught classes at Sunhwa Arts School, Sungshin Women’s University and Chugye University for the Arts. Cosand can be heard on ACA Digital, Advance, ARF, Canyon, Centaur, DPS, JIGU, Koch, Summit, and TimeGrabber recordings. He has commissioned music from William Albright, William Bolcom, David Diamond, Rodney Rogers and Walter Saul, and worked with a host of other composers. Cosand’s personal website has long been a well-recognized resource for public domain sheet music. Many of his former students are now successful concert artists, teachers or composers. He and violist Patricia Cosand have four children: David, Michael, Steven and Miriam. Cosand is a Steinway Artist.