PCM presents master classes in Barrett Hall and the PCM Auditorium throughout the school year. These master classes offer students the opportunity to be coached by an esteemed professional in a formal setting and gain confidence as musicians.
Master classes are typically attended by the friends and families of the student performers, however, they are free and open to the public.
About Éva Polgár
The artistry of Éva Polgár, DMA, is characterized by clarity, conviction, and virtuosity. Critiques praise her for her “intelligent interpretation” (Funzine Magazine), capability of “fully entering into the spirit of narrating a story” (Arkivmusic), and “vibrant technique” (American Hungarian Journal). Her dedication to her native Hungarian culture resulted in researching Béla Bartók’s piano arrangements of his original orchestral compositions and specializing in Franz Liszt’s music. Her Liszt interpretation was praised by Liszt scholar Alan Walker as “A stunning performance! A real artist!” and she was featured at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Hungarian Culture Centre in London, and the Liszt Ferenc Museum and Research Center in Budapest.
Polgár’s concerto performances include concerts with conductors Tamás Vásáry at the Budapest Danube Palace and Horst Förster at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. In the realm of cross-disciplinary endeavors, she collaborates extensively with visual artist Sándor Vály. Their experimental music albums released under Ektro Records have been broadcast by the Finnish Radio.
Polgár has won top prizes in competitions including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (LAILC). She is a co-director of LAILC, which empowers her to foster young musicians at their early stage of professional career. A committed educator and adjudicator, she has appeared at masterclasses, festivals, and competitions such as LAILC; the Bogotá International Piano Festival in Columbia; Tulsa University Summer Piano Academy in Oklahoma; Florida International University in Miami, Florida; Montclair State University in New Jersey; and many more.
A graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and Sibelius Academy, Polgár earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas. Before joining the piano faculty at Azusa Pacific University, she taught at Texas Woman’s University and at the University of North Texas.
As always, PCM considers the guidance of local, state, and federal public health agencies as well as best practices adopted in local schools and peer organizations. As such, we continue to strongly recommend indoor masking while on campus and, although it is no longer a requirement, we encourage all eligible students to be vaccinated, and all members of the PCM community to receive any boosters for which they are eligible.