Dr. Orin Grossman, Pianist & Professor Emeritus, Fairfield University

Orin Grossman has been delighting audiences the world over with his unique and engaging approach to performing and explaining great American and European music. He is in demand as an interpreter of the music of George Gershwin, playing his songs and classical compositions around the world, including Florence, Cairo, Australia, and St Petersburg, Russia, where he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and gave the Russian premiere of Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic to a standing ovation.

A superb lecturer, he has developed a series of lecture/concerts combining performance and discussion. He is a frequent star professor at “One Day University” events, a premiere lecture organization, giving talks in New York City, Philadelphia, and other locales. 

Orin Grossman began piano and theory instruction at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of five. After several graduate recitals there, he entered Harvard College from which he graduated Magna cum Laude in Music. He continued his studies at Yale University, earning a Ph.D. in Music.

Dr. Grossman joined the Fairfield University faculty in 1975.  In 1991, he was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and, in 1999, Academic Vice President.  He is presently Emeritus Professor of Visual and Performing Arts and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Chair of the Music Advisory Committee.

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