Margaret Cheng Tuttle, pianist
Margaret earned her Master of Music degree in piano performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she was a winner in both the Piano Honors Competition and the Commencement Competition. She also holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from MIT and undergraduate degrees with Highest Distinction in music and mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1997, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln presented her with the Young Alumni Achievement Award.
She has spent summers studying in Colorado, at the Aspen Music Festival and Rocky Ridge Music Center, as well as in Maine, at the Kneisel Hall Music Festival in Blue Hill. She has studied privately with Seymour Lipkin of the Juilliard School, Ronald Copes of the Juilliard String Quartet, Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. During her childhood and college years in Lincoln, Nebraska, her primary teacher was Beth Miller Harrod, a student of the legendary Josef Lhevinne.
Margaret is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in the Boston area and the Midwest. She has performed concertos by Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven, and Chopin, as soloist with orchestras including the Omaha Symphony and the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. She has given concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, the MacDowell Music Club in Janesville, Wisconsin, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Auxiliary in Illinois. Boston area performances include concerts at Jordan Hall, Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, Tufts University, Brandeis University, and the Berklee College of Music, as well as chamber music with the principal winds of the Indian Hill Symphony. Margaret has performed live on WGBH-Boston radio, with additional television and radio broadcasts in Israel, Wisconsin and Nebraska. She has been a soloist at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and the Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has performed chamber music in Estes Park, Colorado. She performed with her cousin, soprano Mei-Ching Chen, at the Wach Music School in Taiwan and with pianist Jon Sigurdsson in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Margaret was an Emerson instructor of piano at MIT, and a member of the piano faculty at the Rivers Music School in Weston, Massachusetts. Her students consistently earn honors, and have been invited to perform at Harvard and Berklee.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the New England Piano Teachers Association, and was an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association’s statewide piano competition in 2005 and 2007. She has given several master classes, including one on Debussy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was a Founder and Co-Chair of Piano Panorama, an innovative series of classes for piano students at the Rivers Music School.
Margaret collaborates frequently with living composers, some of whom have written music for her and her students. She has worked with composer Samuel Adler of the Juilliard School, and has made a CD of piano music by Harry Chalmiers, Provost of the Berklee College of Music. She was Co-Chair of the Faculty Artists Concert Series at the Rivers Music School for six years. Outside of music, she maintains an interest in medicine. She has been a counselor for adolescents at a psychiatric unit and had a research article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 2002.
See Margaret’s recent and upcoming concert schedule and see photos and bios of her chamber music collaborators. See pictures from a piano four hands concert with Yilin You on the PACC concert series in Arlington. See a concert announcement in Icelandic.
Listen to some performances:
- Lior Navok’s Sonata for Violin and Piano third movement, performed by Margaret and violinist Annegret Klaua.
- Harry Chalmiers’s Characters and Moments for piano solo
- Harry Chalmiers’s Fear of Flowers for piano solo
Margaret is married to Mark Tuttle.