The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University



Biography

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music by philanthropist George Peabody. Today, Peabody—comprising both the degree-granting Conservatory and the community-based Preparatory—boasts a preeminent faculty, a nurturing, collaborative learning environment, and the academic resources of one of the nation’s leading universities, Johns Hopkins. 

Peabody-trained composers, performers, and recording engineers have won Pulitzer and Rome Prizes; Grammys and Emmys; Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Marshall Fellowships; ASCAP and BMI Awards; and Prix du Disque, and are featured on hundreds of recordings. The Conservatory’s illustrious alumni include pianist André Watts; cellists Carter Brey and David Hardy; vocalists Richard Cassilly, Theodora Hanslowe, and James Morris; and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Dominick Argento. The faculty boasts such renowned artists as guitarist Manuel Barrueco, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, violinist Victor Danchenko, pianist Leon Fleisher, jazz bassist Michael Formanek, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, conductor Gustav Meier, flutist Marina Piccinini, composer Kevin Puts, and organist Donald Sutherland. 

In campus facilities featuring five beautiful and state-of-the-art performance spaces, Peabody presents nearly 100 major public concerts and events each year, ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz. Learn more at www.peabody.jhu.edu.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/22/2015: The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University

Students perform Cantigas de Santa Maria by a Spanish Renaissance composer, arias for soprano by R. Strauss, songs by Brahms for tenor, Mey’s Musique de Tables for percussion, York’s Fantasia for Four Violas, and solo piano works by Chopin and Balakirev. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/24/2014: The Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University

Students play Viñao’s Estudios de Frontera; Gounod’s “Ah! Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette; selections from Owens’ Heart on the Wall; Verdi’s “Caro nome” from Rigoletto; Bonds’s “You Can Tell the World;” Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata Nos. 3, 4, 6, & 8–10; and Ravel’s La Valse. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/9/2013: The Peabody Institute

The Russian Trio, featuring violinist Nikita Borisevich, cellist Dmitry Volkov, and pianist Katherine Rick, plays a program of works by Haydn and Shostakovich. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 1/27/2013: Peabody Preparatory Pre-Conservatory Violin Program

Students participating in the Peabody Preparatory Pre-Conservatory Violin Program play a program of classical works.

Video 3/13/2012: The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University

Students play a program featuring works by Schubert, Wolf, R. Strauss, Barber, and Beethoven. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/24/2011: The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University

Pianists Sungpil Kim, Sheng-Yuan Kuan, and Sejoon Park, and soprano Erica Hamby perform in a program featuring works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, Montsalvatge, Scarlatti, Schumann, and Liszt. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/2/2010: The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

The school’s Baroque Ensemble, Brass Roots Quintet, and pianist Hee Youn Choue perform works by Bach, Gabrieli, Piazzolla, Albéniz, Kapsberger, and Merula. Part of the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project.

The Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University