Joan Behrens Bergman
Area of Study
B.M., M.M. Mannes College of Music
Joan Behrens Bergman has enjoyed a distinguished career as administrator, teacher and performer. She was the Executive Director of Hoff-Barthelson Music School from 1999 – 2016, Director of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division in New York City for the better part of a decade and a piano and pedagogy faculty member of that Conservatory’s College Division. Ms. Behrens Bergman has appeared as soloist in recital, guest artist with orchestras, soloist/lecturer and recitalist in live broadcast on numerous radio stations, and is well known worldwide for her inspiring master classes as well as her pedagogy seminars for teachers. She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
A Gold Medal Winner of the International Recording Festival at the age of seventeen, Ms. Behrens-Bergman made her debut as a pianist at the age of fourteen in New York City’s Town Hall. Her early musical training was guided by Cecile Jahiel of the Paris Conservatoire and by Rudolf Ganz at Chicago Musical College. She attended the Juilliard School of Music as a student of the legendary pedagogue Rosinna Lhevinne, and holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music where she studied with the late Bruce Hungerford and the eminent theorist and pianist Edward Aldwell. From 1980 through 1983 she served as chamber music coordinator and orchestra pianist of the Domaine School and Orchestra of the Pierre Monteux Memorial Festival in Maine.