Artistic Director

Paul Schenly
Paul Schenly

Paul Schenly, Artistic Director

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly has been a soloist with major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic. He made two United States tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and toured with the same orchestra in Europe. He has appeared in many summer festivals, including repeated performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ravinia Festival, Blossom Music Center and the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Mr. Schenly appeared in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and in acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Edo de Waart, Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Shaw and Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Kiril Kondrashin.

Born in Munich, Mr. Schenly lived in South America before coming to the U.S. at age five. He is Professor and Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was chairman of the piano department for over 25 years. He earned a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute, where he studied with Victor Babin.

Mr. Schenly has served on the juries of several national and international competitions and his students have won many national and international prizes. He is on the advisory board of the American Pianists Foundation and on the nominating committee for the Gilmore Piano Foundation. He has recorded for Sine Qua Non and RCA.

Mr. Schenly is artistic director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and is also the founder/director of the summer festival “Pianofest in the Hamptons.”

Video of his performances and information about Pianofest in the Hamptons is at More information about Mr. Schenly and Pianofest, as well as articles he has written, are available at

Photo by Michael J. Tevesz