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Amy E. Gustafson
November 1, 2018Gustafson will start a new piano festival in South CarolinaAmy E. Gustafson will be directing a new piano festival in South Carolina in Summer of 2019, the Palmetto International Piano Festival, which will be a unique program of intensive piano study designed for middle and high school students who are serious about piano playing. Set on the beautiful campus of Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, PIPF will offer a focused environment for concentrated study; a family-like atmosphere with a lot of individual attention; mentorship and lessons from the highest caliber faculty; master classes and recitals by world-renowned guest pianists; and the opportunity to perform on the beautiful concert Steinway in Memorial Hall at Erskine College as well as in a recital in Greenville, South Carolina at the Carolina Music Museum.
August 2, 2017Gustafson to present lecture in Porto Pianofest.

Gustafson will be a special guest at the second edition of Porto Pianofest in Portugal. She will present a lecture on the recording process in conjunction with the release of her new album.


June 9, 2017Amy E. Gustafson releases debut album

"Reverie," an album of music by Claude Debussy now available! Click the link below to order your copy.



Praised for her “exquisite sensitivity” and a “style filled with class and elegance” by La Voz de Asturias (Asturias, Spain) and recognized as a “talented player who doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold” by Lucid Culture (New York City), American pianist Amy E. Gustafson has performed across the United States and in both Western and Eastern Europe. Her debut album, Reverie, consists of music by Claude Debussy and was released in June 2017.

Recent performances include replacing legendary pianist Abbey Simon in Los Angeles at LACMA’s series, Sundays Live, an appearance with the Sofia Sinfionetta in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a concert tour in Dallas, Texas with her piano duo, Duo Azul. Other recent engagements have taken her to Spain, China, and Canada, and she has also performed New York City venues, such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Trinity Church Wall Street, the Tenri Cultural Institute, CAMI Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Born into a musical family, her talent was evident at an early age, and she received much of her beginning piano instruction from her grandmother. By the age of 15, she had won several local competitions, including MTNA’s Baldwin Competition, and her success led her to move to New York City to continue her studies.

Since then, Gustafson has won numerous awards, including the second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition, second prize in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, and the Special Presentation Award and the Alumni Award from Artists International Presentations, Inc.

Gustafson completed her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her major teachers have included Julian Martin, Andre-Michel Schub, Anton Nel, Constance Keene, and Miyoko Lotto, and she has benefited from the advice of many renowned pedagogues, including Solomon Mikowsky, Arie Vardi, Veda Kaplinsky, Robert McDonald, Paul Badura-Skoda, Marc Durand, Martin Canin, Leslie Howard, and Luiz de Moura Castro.

In addition to her performing career, Gustafson taught at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City for 10 years and is Director and Faculty of the Gijón International Piano Festival in Gijón, Spain, as well as Director of the Palmetto International Piano Festival in South Carolina. Previously, Dr. Gustafson directed The Stony Brook International Piano Festival in Stony Brook, New York.

Amy E. Gustafson is a Yamaha Artist.


In terms of her playing, there were no fuzzy clouds of sound or generalized delicatesse. Even the rapid passagework, to which she gave some of the traditional sfumato, had a strength and edge one doesn’t often hear, fleshed out rather than softened by the rich timbre of the piano. Gustafson’s treatment of rests, pauses, and transitions was especially striking and expressive. In her moving performance of Rêverie she managed to accommodate both the simplicity of the beautiful melody and the sophistication of Debussy’s writing.Michael MillerNew York Arts
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Amy E. Gustafson is among a rare breed of pianists that live and breathe Debussy.Jerry DubinsFanfare Magazine
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There are so many comparisons here: Arrau, Hamelin, Bavouzet, Aimard to name a few of the outstanding ones. And yet Gustafson holds her own. Her core strength is that she is always involving. Her resonance with Debussy’s mode of utterance never wavers.Colin ClarkeFanfare Magazine
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She is not a performer of overt drama or physical demonstrativeness, but if one listened rather than watching (the point, after all), one found her to have ample emotional range within a carefully defined tonal palette, along with a keen sense of shape and direction within that palette. ...It was a delight to hear.Rorianne SchradeNew York Concert Review
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{Gustafson's} performance on this album is rich, dense, and such an aural feast for the listener. The recording is particularly crisp and clear, with each note sounding distinct and almost crystalline.Jacqueline KharoufFanfare Magazine
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(2010, Translated from Spanish.)

Amy E. Gustafson, the American pianist that possesses the talent to describe the subtle with a clarity and with comforting equilibrium...Gustafson filled the auditorium with a calm atmosphere, thanks to a style filled with class, elegance, and profound respect to each work’s style.Aurelio SecoLa Voz de Asturias
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What a pleasure to discover a talented player who doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold.Lucid Culture
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Upcoming Performances

April 02, 2019 - State College, PARecital of Piano Music
April 07, 2019 - Dallas, TXRecital of Piano Music
April 07, 2019 - Dallas, TXRecital of Piano Music
April 14, 2019 - Boalsburg, PA Recital of Piano Music


Past Performances

March 19, 2019 - DUO AZUL in concer...
March 17, 2019 - DUO AZUL in Concer...
February 02, 2019 - Master Class
October 29, 2017 - Duo Azul in Recita...
August 2, 2017 - Lecture Presentati...
June 9, 2017 - "Reverie" CD Relea...
November 16, 2016 - "A Child's Wonder"...
November 11, 2016 - "A Child's Wonder"
May 20, 2016 - Faculty Focus Reci...
March 20, 2016 - Sundays Live
February 16, 2016 - Recital of Piano M...
November 12, 2015 - Duo Azul in Recita...
February 27, 2015 - Color in Sound: Th...
September 28, 2014 - Duo Azul Concert
September 26, 2014 - Duo Azul Concert
May 8, 2014 - Duo Azul Concert w...
April 23, 2014 - Solo Recital
April 21, 2014 - Solo Recital
April 6, 2014 - Preludes and Suite...
December 2, 2013 - Piano Masterclass
November 28, 2013 - Solo Recital
November 26, 2013 - 88 Concert Tour wi...
November 22, 2013 - Piano Masterclass
November 21, 2013 - Lecture and Piano ...
November 20, 2013 - Lecture and Piano ...
November 18, 2013 - Solo Recital
November 17, 2013 - Lecture
October 24, 2013 - Master Class
July 1, 2013 - Solo Recital at Th...
June 16, 2013 - Faculty Focus: All...
April 12, 2013 - Jury member at the...
March 9, 2013 - Piano Project
October 10, 2012 - Amy Gustafson in c...
March 4, 2012 - "Piano Gems"
February 23, 2012 - Master Class as pa...
November 18, 2011 - Amy Gustafson in R...
October 21, 2011 - Solo Recital "Jour...
September 9, 2010 - Solo Recital, "Con...
August 18, 2010 - Solo Recital
November 20, 2009 - DUO AZUL: "America...
November 16, 2009 - Amy Gustafson in R...
November 15, 2009 - Amy Gustafson in R...
November 13, 2009 - Solo Recital
November 10, 2009 - Amy Gustafson in R...
November 6, 2009 - Visiting Artist Re...
November 5, 2009 - Guest Artist Recit...
February 15, 2009 - Solo Recital
February 17, 2008 - Arists Internation...
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Amy's Albums

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Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, I. BrouillarAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, I. Brouillards Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, II. FeuillesAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, II. Feuilles mortes Recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, III. La puerAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, III. La puerta del vino Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, IV. Les feesAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, IV. Les fees sont d'exquises danseuses Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, V. Bruyeres Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, V. Bruyeres Recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. For more information about Amy, ...VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, VI. General Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, VI. General Lavine. Recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II. VII. La terrAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, VII. La terasse des audiences du clair de lune For more information about Amy, please visit her website at...VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes , Livre II, VIII. OndinAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, VIII. Ondine Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. For more information about Amy, p...VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, IX. Hommage Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, IX. Hommage a S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, X. Canope - Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, X. Canope Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, XI. Les tierAmy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, XI. Les tierces alternees Recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Preludes, Livre II, XII. Feux d'Amy E. Gustafson plays Debussy: Prelude, Livre II, XII. Feux d'artifice Filmed at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.VIEW
Prokofiev Sonata No. 4 in c minor, Op. 29, Andante assaiVIEW
Sergei Rachmaninoff. Etude Tableaux op 39 no 9.Amy Gustafson, piano.
El Jardín de Belagua
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Salvador Brotons. Three nocturnes "alla Chopin" no 1.Amy Gustafson, piano.
El Jardín de Belagua
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Salvador Brotons. Three nocturnes "alla Chopin" no 2Amy Gustafson, piano.
El Jardín de Belagua
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Salvador Brotons. Three nocturnes "alla Chopin" no 3.Amy Gustafson, piano.
El Jardín de Belagua
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Recording on the Yamaha Disklavier: Amy E. Gustafson Plays DebusYamaha Artist Amy E. Gustafson shows how the Yamaha Disklavier is revolutionizing the recording process in her new all-Debussy album, Reverie.VIEW
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
I. Overture
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
II. Allemande
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
III. Courante
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
IV. Aria
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
V. Sarabande
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
VI. Menuet
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D Major
VII. Gigue
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Franz Liszt
Funerailles
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