2015 Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award, University of Minnesota

2001 Distinguished McKnight Professor, University of Minnesota

2000 Dean’s Medal, University of Minnesota

Since 1989, Lydia Artymiw has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis, which honored her with the 2015 “Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award,” the “Distinguished McKnight Professorship” in 2001, and the 2000 “Dean’s Medal” for Outstanding Professor. She is the first performing artist at the University of Minnesota to receive all three of these awards. Artymiw’s studio (with 45 DMA graduates and 17 MM graduates) is one of the most prolific and successful at the University of Minnesota, and her students have attained international careers as performers and professors at universities and colleges throughout the US, Canada, and Asia. Two of Lydia Artymiw’s former students have been First Prize winners of the WAMSO Minnesota Orchestra Competition: Wonny Song in 2001 (who also won the Grand Award) and Andrew Staupe in 2006. Wonny Song and Andrew Staupe were invited to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra after winning the WAMSO, and both were re-engaged for subscription series concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra in subsequent seasons. The Minnesota Orchestra invited Andrew Staupe and Lydia Artymiw to perform the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 under the direction of Osmo Vänskä at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14, 2011. In January 2015, Artymiw’s PSEO student at the University of Minnesota, Zhen Tu, was the First and Grand Prize winner of the Minnesota Orchestra’s YPSCA Competition, and she had eight performances for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall on October 28 & 29, 2015 and February 10 & 11, 2016.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune (January 14,2011):

“The Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos (with Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra) featured veteran Lydia Artymiw and her former student, Andrew Staupe. The soloists traded phrases back and forth in a dialogue that revealed their accomplished virtuosity. They were clearly reveling in playing off one another. Their joy was infectious.”

See what students have said about Lydia: Student Testimonials

Doctoral graduates:

Jeri-Mae Astolfi

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College, Georgia, beginning 2013.

Kate Yeonjoo Bae

University of Minnesota-Morris

Bethel Balge

Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN and Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN

Susan Billmeyer

Brooks Piano, Harpsichord, and Celesta Chair, Minnesota Orchestra

Christopher Brody

Eastman School of Music, Assistant Professor of Theory, 2015-2017
Indiana University Post-Doc position in Theory 2013-2015
DMA 2007 Piano Performance and Ph.D Music Theory, Yale University 2013

Yung-Eun Choe

Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida from 2006 - 2009

Hyunsoo Cho

Myung-ji University, Seoul, Korea

Soohyun Cho

Kyungnam University, Masan, South Korea

Eunhye Grace Choi

Northeast Center for Music, Minneapolis and North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis

Sophie Christian

Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Shih-Yu Chuang

National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan

Alejandro Cremaschi

University of Colorado at Boulder

Loren Fishman

Carleton College, MN

Corey Hamm

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Seongwon Han

Kyung-Buk National University and Taegu National University, Taegu, Korea

Hiyas Hila

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and Vibo Music Center, San Francisco, CA.

Kevin Hobbs

North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis; Visiting Piano Literature, Keyboard Skills, and Class Piano Lecturer, University of Minnesota (2014-16); Mount Calvary Academy of Music, MN; Visiting Professor Gustavus Adolphus College, 2014

Jessica Hueiyi Hong

Private Teaching, Woodbury MN

Grace Huang

Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois from 2006 - 2009; Cleveland Institute of Music beginning 2009

Jikang Jung

Chong-Shin University, Seoul, Korea

Jeonglim Kim

Music Director, Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church and private teacher, Minneapolis

Jiye Kim

Joomi Kim

Sunwha Arts School, Sam-Yuk University and Han-Se University, Seoul, Korea

Min Jung Kim

Soyoun Kim

Young Kim

College of St. Rose, Albany, NY

Miroslava Kisilevitch

MacPhail Conservatory and North Central College, Minneapolis, through 2014

Vincent Lam

Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

Hyeyoung Lee

Suk-Myung University, Seoul, Korea

Pei-Lei Lin

University of Jinan School of Music, China

Tzu-Ching Lin

National Taipei University, Taipei, Taiwan, beginning 2012

Shannon Loehrke

Century College, Minneapolis, MN and adjunct Professor of Piano at the College of St. John, Collegeville, MN, through 2015

Matthew McCright

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

David Oliver

Shorter College, Rome, Georgia

Woobin Park

Visiting Professor Winona State University, MN 2013-14, George Washington University, Chestertown, MD from 2015

Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair

Northeast Center for Music, Minneapolis.

Daniel Rieppel

Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN

Minjeong Shin

Myung-ji University, Seoul, South Korea

Wonny Song

Lambda School of Music and the Fine Arts, Montreal, and winner of the 2005 YCA auditions. Artistic Director of the Orford Art Centre, Quebec, beginning 2016.

Maria Fernanda Trocan

Academy of Music, St. Francis in the Fields, Louisville, KY

Marina Veiler

New Music School, Chicago IL

Megan Monahan Wallace

Christopher Wallace

Music Director St. David’s, MN

Stephanie Wendt


Wonny Song, Lydia, Gary Graffman, and Andrew Staupe

Andrew and Lydia following their performance of the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos with the MN Orchestra, Jan. 12, 2011.

Wonny Song, Lydia, Gary Graffman, and Andrew Staupe

Three generations of pianists meet onstage at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis in March 2003 for a Master Class with Gary Graffman.

From left to right: Wonny Song (DMA 2005), Lydia, Gary Graffman (Lydia’s teacher and mentor), and Andrew Staupe (MM 2007). Lydia is holding a photo taken of her with Mr. Graffman in 1967 in Philadelphia by Adrian Siegel.

Wonny Song and Lydia

Wonny Song and Lydia, Orchestra Hall, 2003

“Romance” from Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17,

Photos credit: Greg Helgeson


MM graduates include:

Sandra Arndt

Adjunct Professor at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Murfreesboro, TN

Hyeree Chung Roux

Maryland Conservatory of Music,private teaching in Houston

Margaret McDonald

University of Colorado at Boulder

Andrew Staupe

University of Utah, Salt Lake City

First Prize Winner of the 2006 WAMSO Competition; Pro Musicis International Competition, New York, 2011. Pro Musicis presented Andrew in recitals in NY and Boston in 2012. Andrew joined the roster of Gingrich Arts Management in NY in Sept. 2012.


BM graduates include:

Jennifer Needleman Muniz

Indiana University South Bend

Aimee Tsuchiya

Chair, New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School for Continuing Education and Winsor School, Boston, MA.

Tyler Wottrich

Completed DMA at Stony Brook University, 2013
Tyler joined the Academy and was a member of Ensemble ACJW from 2012-2014.

Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at North Dakota State University, Fargo


Other Notable Student Successes

Dr. Yu-Jane Yang

Presidential Professor of Piano, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

Dr. Sora Oh (private student from 2000-2003)

Assistant Professor of Piano at New Jersey City University.
BM and MM degrees Juilliard, DMA Eastman.

Elise Bonner

BM, summa cum laude, 2008, completed her Ph.d in Musicology at Princeton University.

Mark Mazullo

Professor of Musicology and Piano at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN