Kay Marie Zavislak is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music. Born and raised in Japan, Ms Zavislak attended the Toho Gakuen High School of Music, one of the most prestigious conservatories in her native country. From 1996 to 2007, Ms Zavislak resided in Michigan, where she earned the degrees Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment at the University of Idaho, Ms Zavislak held positions as an applied and classroom piano instructor at Schoolcraft College (Livonia, MI), Albion College (Albion, MI) and the University of Michigan.
Ms Zavislak has performed extensively in Michigan and Idaho, in addition to public appearances in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Texas, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan and Poland. Concert appearances include featured soloist with the University Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, lecture recitals featuring the piano music of Toru Takemitsu and Women Composers of Asia, and appearances in the Chopin Project at the University of Michigan, which was received with much enthusiasm and ovation.
In 2001, Ms Zavislak was named a winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Michigan. Her other awards include second prize in the Richardson Young Artist Award Competition and third prize in the William Byrd International Concerto Competition. Among the scholarships and fellowships Ms Zavislak has received are the Benning Dexter Scholarship for Piano, Elsie Gardner Stanley Piano Scholarship, Joseph Brinkman Memorial Scholarship, Alice Kern Pedagogy Award, a University of Michigan Graduate Fellowship and MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant.
Ms Zavislak has studied under the guidance of Arthur Greene, Logan Skelton, Yoshie Kora and Miyoko Hamamoto.