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Marian Buck-Lew, an Asian-American pianist of Chinese heritage, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University with the Bachelor and Master degrees of Music and an Artist Diploma in Piano.  She holds the distinction as the first pianist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University.  Her principal piano teachers include distinguished artists and pedagogues:  the late Mieczyslaw Münz of the Juilliard in New York City and the late Yvonne Lefebure of the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique in Paris, France.  A winner of the First Prize in the Biennial Sterling Staff International Competition of Mu Phi Epsilon, the national music sorority, she was a finalist in the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Buck-Lew’s concert appearances include recitals throughout the United States and the Far East.  Her playing received critical acclaim.  From the Central Daily News in Taipei, Taiwan, the reviewer wrote, “One cannot just speak of it as only a successful performance, but as the most outstanding in Taipei in recent years.  Her superb musical training is clearly reflected in her execution which contains strong clear touch and excellent controls in dynamics.  In her two-hour long program, she captured and grasped the heartstring of her audience.”  The Los Angeles Times stated “She approached a program of masterworks with technical flexibility, reasonable control over matters of tonal balance, a splendid sense of subtleties of musical communications and exceptional physical endurance.”

She has held teaching appointments at the School of Music at the University of Iowa and West Chester University and was the Chair of Piano at Kean University.  While a piano faculty member at Catonsville Community College of Baltimore County, where she directed the Musical Arts Institute, a preparatory department, and the annual Young Soloists Audition, a competition for instrumentalists aged 11-15, she received an “Outstanding Faculty Award.”  In 2003, she joined the Music Department at Howard Community College where she is an adjunct piano faculty member for the Music Institute, specializing in the training of young pianists in solo performance and in collaborative playing.

Dr. Buck-Lew currently devotes her concert performances and collaboration for scholarship benefits.  Her programs usually include one infrequently performed work by a major composer as well as a work by a local composer.  In 2006, Dr. Buck-Lew established the Rose Buck-Lew Family Piano Scholarship Endowment Fund at Howard Community College where an HCC piano major with a 3.25 GPA is selected to receive this award.

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