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Amy Dorfman

Professor of Piano

Pianist Amy Dorfman has enjoyed a wide variety of musical collaborations throughout her career. She is a founding member of the Blakemore Trio. They have performed throughout the country, making their New York debut at Merkin Hall. The trio’s most recent CD, The Blakemore Trio Plays Music of Adam Schoenberg, was released on Blue Griffin Records in Fall 2022. They have released two additional recordings, The Blakemore Trio plays Beethoven and Ravel (Blue Griffin Records), and Gates of Silence, composed by Susan Botti and commissioned for the Blakemore Trio (Albany Records). Critics wrote, “another chamber ensemble has arrived to claim the limelight...for Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio, they don’t come any better than this one.” The American Record Guide hailed their performance of the Ravel trio as “Impressionism at its best.” Ms.Dorfman has accompanied American bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer for many years, performing with him in Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as on NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning.

Dorfman has performed with the Blair String Quartet and was a member of the Dorfman/Katahn piano duo with pianist Enid Katahn. She has also collaborated with pianist Mark Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music, in piano duet and duo recitals.

Dorfman's students have been finalists in the national MTNA Young Artist Competition and prize winners in the national divisions of MTNA chamber music competitions, the Vanderbilt Concerto Competition and the Curb/Nashville Symphony concerto competition. In 2021 she was named Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association. Her college students have continued on in many prestigious graduate music programs around the country. She served as coordinator of the Blair precollege chamber music program from 2006-18.

Dorfman received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Alfonso Montecino and James Tocco. She also worked with Edith Oppens and Rosalyn Tureck at the Aspen and Banff festivals. She serves as artist/teacher at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and spent several summers teaching and performing at the Sewanee Summer Music Center.


Blakemore Trio