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Joan Panetti, pianist and composer, garnered first prizes at the Peabody Conservatory and the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris, received her B.A. degree from Smith College, and earned her D.M.A. degree from the Yale School of Music. She taught at Swarthmore College, Princeton University, and the Department of Music at Yale University before joining the faculty of the School of Music. Her principal mentors were Olivier Messiaen, Yvonne Loriod, Wilhelm Kempff, Alvin Etler, Mel Powell, and Donald Currier.
Panetti has toured extensively in the United States and Europe and performs frequently in chamber music ensembles. She has recently recorded a disc of works by Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, and Gershwin with violinist Syoko Aki on the Epson label. Her most recent compositions include a piano quintet, commissioned by Music Accord, which she performed with the Tokyo String Quartet; a piano trio, commissioned by the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble; Fanfare for six trumpets (2007); Lobgesang for Keith (2007) for eight clarinetists; Within the cycles of our lives: Movement for String Quartet, premiered by the Meritage Quartet in 2007; and To the flashing water say: I am, premiered in Norfolk in 2008.
A renowned teacher, Professor Panetti has developed a nationally recognized course, Hearing, that emphasizes the interaction between performers and composers. In 2007 she conducted an interactive Hearing workshop at the National Conference of Chamber Music America and taught and coached at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China. She is the recipient of the Luise Voschergian Award from Harvard University, the Nadia Boulanger Award from the Longy School of Music, and the Ian Minninberg Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Music. She was named the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Professor at Yale University in 2004.