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Musicfest Northwest is an adjudicated classical music program held in Spokane, Washington

Piano Adjudicator

Garik Pedersen

Garik Pedersen last served as an adjudicator for Musicfest Northwest in 2016.  Currently in his 29th year as professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, he has taught undergraduate and graduate students from many U.S. states and 15 other countries, producing prizewinners in national and international—as well as regional and state--competitions.  Pedersen, a Steinway Artist, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, Central America, Taiwan and the Philippine Islands. In 2018 he launched The Victory Vertical Project, a touring multi-media performance that takes its name from pianos built for the US military during World War II. So far, the VVP has seen over 25 performances across the US. Other recent appearances have included an 11- city tour in Taiwan and concerts in Serbia (Isidor Bajic Music School), New York City (Steinway Hall), Cleveland’s International Music Festival and Michigan’s Gilmore Festival. He has been presented as teacher and performer by the U.S. State Department, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and on numerous public television and radio broadcasts. A student of Wesley True at the University of Central Missouri, which named him its Distinguished Alumnus in Music in 2010, Pedersen was the final DMA piano student of John Simms at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1986. Other major influences have been Gyorgy Sebok, Eugene Bossart, and Edwin E. Gordon. Gary is a past president of Michigan Music Teachers Association, which honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2016.  He received the Michigan Touchstone Award in 2017 in recognition of his “commitment to Michigan’s artistic excellence and his advocacy for the arts.”  He is listed in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education.
Musicfest Northwest is an adjudicated classical music program held in Spokane, Washington

Piano Adjudicator

Garik Pedersen

Garik Pedersen last served as an adjudicator for Musicfest Northwest in 2016.  Currently in his 29th year as professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, he has taught undergraduate and graduate students from many U.S. states and 15 other countries, producing prizewinners in national and international—as well as regional and state--competitions.  Pedersen, a Steinway Artist, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, Central America, Taiwan and the Philippine Islands. In 2018 he launched The Victory Vertical Project, a touring multi- media performance that takes its name from pianos built for the US military during World War II. So far, the VVP has seen over 25 performances across the US. Other recent appearances have included an 11-city tour in Taiwan and concerts in Serbia (Isidor Bajic Music School), New York City (Steinway Hall), Cleveland’s International Music Festival and Michigan’s Gilmore Festival. He has been presented as teacher and performer by the U.S. State Department, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and on numerous public television and radio broadcasts. A student of Wesley True at the University of Central Missouri, which named him its Distinguished Alumnus in Music in 2010, Pedersen was the final DMA piano student of John Simms at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1986. Other major influences have been Gyorgy Sebok, Eugene Bossart, and Edwin E. Gordon. Gary is a past president of Michigan Music Teachers Association, which honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2016.  He received the Michigan Touchstone Award in 2017 in recognition of his “commitment to Michigan’s artistic excellence and his advocacy for the arts.”  He is listed in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education.