Roger Kamien, has appeared as soloist in twenty-six countries on five continents to great critical acclaim. The New York Herald Tribune haspraised his "judgement, sensitivity, and musical insight," and a "technical proficiency that would have done credit to any pianist." Recently he has appeared in Town Hall in New York and in Los Angeles with the Jerusalem
Chamber Philharmonic playing Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos, together with conductor-pianist Anita Kamien.
Professor Kamien combines the unique gifts of a performer, teacher and music analyst. Recently, he gave master classes with the pianist Murray Perahia. Dr.Kamien holds the Zubin Mehta chair in Musicology at Hebrew University and is a specialist in the analytical theory of Heinrich Schenker.
He has given lecture recitals at universities throughout the world?including those in Melbourne, Bangkok, Milan, Beijing, and Shanghai-- on the connection between music analysis and performance.
Roger Kamien was born in Paris and was brought to the United States at the age of six months. He studied piano with his mother, the composer-pianist Anna Kamien, then with Nadia Reisenberg and the legendary Claudio Arrau. Kamien received a B.A. in music from Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D in musicology from Princeton University. During 1957-59, he returned to Paris as a Fulbright scholar, for research on eighteenth-century music.
Professor Kamien taught music history, theory, and literature for two yours at Hunter College in New York, and then for twenty years at Queens College of the City University of New York. During this time he was also active as a pianist, appearing both in the United States and in Europe. He moved to Israel in 1980, when he taught at Bar Ilan University. In 1983, he was appointed to the Zubin Mehta Chair of musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Kamien's college textbook Music: An Appreciation (McGraw-Hill), first published in 1976, is now in its eighth regular edition and fifth brief edition. This book has been translated into Chinese and Spanish. In addition to Music: An Appreciation, Dr. Kamien was the editor of The Norton Scores, one of the coauthors of A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, and a contributor to Schenker Studies and The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven. He has also written articles and reviews for many scholarly music journals.