School of Music

Andrew Focks

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Applied Faculty, Piano

Music & Communication Building

Concert pianist, pedagogue and clinician Andrew Focks continues to garner worldwide acclaim for the breathtaking intensity and freedom of his performances, combining brilliant virtuosity with profound depth and introspection. “Andrew Focks is not only a superb pianist, but an engaging, articulate, and creative musician. He is just what we need in the music world today: a born communicator!” (Jon Kimura Parker)

An award-winning pianist, Andrew Focks has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout the United States, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, England, and China. He has made successful solo debuts in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has been broadcasted on television and radio. His command of an unusually vast repertoire has led to collaborations with a myriad of artists, most recently including those of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Grand Rapids and Akron Symphonies.

Greatly in demand as a teacher, Dr. Andrew Focks’ students have performed in venues including Millennium Park (Chicago), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Carnegie Hall (New York), Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), Olympiahalle (Munich), Sportpaleis (Antwerp), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg), The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and more. They continue to be frequent scholarship recipients and competition prizewinners at the regional, national, and international levels. Alumni from Focks’ studio have graduated from such prestigious institutions as the Juilliard School, Boston University, Indiana University, and Cleveland Institute of Music. He frequently gives masterclasses and lectures in the United States and Europe.

Deeply committed to the future of the arts, Andrew Focks is President of the Northeast Ohio Music Teachers Association, Vice President of Student Activities on the Ohio Music Teachers Association State Executive Board, and has appeared in hundreds of outreach concerts and events throughout the United States. He has served on multiple arts committees and as chair for state music conferences. His article “A Conversation with Robert Levin” was the featured cover story of Clavier Companion (July/August 2016).

Born in Moers, Germany,  Focks began his early music training in the Boston area with Patty Clark. At age 15, he was invited into the distinguished New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Program to work with the celebrated pianist, Ya-Fei Chuang. He went on to study under full scholarships for his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Florida State University and Rice University, respectively, before receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree with a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His studies were further supplemented at academies throughout the world, including seven summers at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. During his education he performed in master classes for many of today’s leading pianists including Andras Schiff and Richard Goode. His mentors have included Robert Levin, Ya-Fei Chuang, Jon Kimura Parker, Daniel Shapiro, Read Gainsford and Arnaldo Cohen.

Dr. Focks currently serves on the piano faculty of Cleveland State University, as well as the piano and music theory faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory & Continuing Education Division. Additionally, he is an independent teacher in the Cleveland area. He works with students and teachers from around the world and travels extensively as a teacher and performing artist.

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