William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies, Music Performance

William Kinderman, a formidable concert pianist, chamber musician and an international authority on the music and creative process of Ludwig van Beethoven, has been named inaugural holder of the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies and professor of music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

A 2010 recipient of the Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement, Kinderman will provide vision and leadership in the academic curriculum for the school’s master of music and doctor of musical arts degree programs.

The endowed chair, created through a gift from Elaine Krown Klein to honor her late husband, Leo, was established to attract and retain the highest level of performer-scholar to the school of music’s faculty and to enhance the music department’s reputation as an innovative center for the training of the “thinking musician.”

Kinderman has been praised for his “intellectual energy and distinctive insight” by the New York Times. His publications include books on Mozart, Wagner, and the creative process in music, as well as “Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli’ Variations,” which features his companion recording considered “the most outstanding Diabelli Variations to have appeared for ages” by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs.

In 2017, “Utopian Visions and Visionary Art: Beethoven’s ‘Empire of the Mind’ – Revisited” was published as a result of his work as co-curator of Vienna’s first Beethoven Museum, where he organized a major conference on the German composer and pianist. Kinderman is currently completing “Beethoven: A Political Life” for the 2020 world-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, while planning a major celebration of Beethoven’s music to take place at UCLA in December 2020.    

Kinderman received his bachelor of arts degree at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and taught at the University of Victoria in British Columbia for 20 years, while also holding guest appointments in Berlin. Since 2001, he has served as professor of music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, along with several other affiliate, guest and visiting appointments in Munich and Vienna. His recent lecture recitals have taken him to Vienna, Bonn, Paris, Oslo, Barcelona, Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Boston as well as other cities in Europe, Asia and North America.

A Beethoven scholar and esteemed pianist joins our musical community
Professor William Kinderman arrived in Los Angeles from the Midwest last week to assume his position as the inaugural holder of the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair
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