The Piano Pod team had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Marilyn Nonken–concert pianist, recording artist, Steinway Artist, musicologist, author, and educator.


Dr. Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her 1993 New York debut, she was heralded as “a determined protector of important music” (New York Times). Recognized as “one of the greatest interpreters of new music” (American Record Guide), she has been named “Best of the Year” by some of the nation’s leading critics.


Dr. Nonken has performed at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Theátre Bouffe du Nord in Paris, and the Chicago Symphony Center. The composers, who have written music for her, include Michael Byron, Richard Carrick, Victoria Cheah, Jason Eckardt, and many others.


Dr. Nonken is the author of The Spectral Piano(Cambridge, 2015) and Identity and Diversity in New Music(Routledge, 2019). In addition, she has recorded more than 30 discs and has published articles on various topics regarding 20th-century music.

Since 2006, Dr. Nonken has been Director of Piano Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School, where she is a Professor of Music.


In Part 2 of this episode, we focused on topics including:

  • Her insight about never-ending challenges for all pianists: access, self-preservation, education, and engagement with other artists and communities
  • Her latest album, Syncopated Musings, pieces by Scott Joplin and his collaborators

…and so much more!


🌐 Please visit Dr. Nonken’s website for her bio, recordings, books, and latest news:

📰 The article/essay written by Dr. Nonken and mentioned during the interview:  

👉 Be sure to check out Part 1 of this episode: