My name is Sibylle Kuder. I was born and raised in Southern Germany where I studied piano with Barbara Fry, Winnenden/Stuttgart, and Andras Hamary, Stuttgart. I cherish the memory of masterclasses with Bruno Seidlhofer (Interpretation masterclass), Vienna; Elza Kolodin (Chopin masterclass) and Edith Picht-Axenfeld (Bach masterclass), Freiburg/Breisgau, and many others, in Germany as well as Italy.
I am very fortunate to have a multi-cultural musical heritage: growing up in Germany, studying with a Hungarian teacher who received her training in Austria under the great Viennese pedagogue Bruno Seidlhofer. Frau Fry insisted on the best in everything: from using Urtext editions to practice and performance. She supported and lead her students along the way to mastery, something I hope to now pass on to my students.
At Kansas State University, I attended the Graduate Program (Piano Performance and Pedagogy), studying piano performance with Robert Edwards, and piano pedagogy with Virginia Houser. I was given the honor of performing in McCain Auditorium after winning the 1995 Concerto Competition. I continue to attend master classes, workshops, conferences and conventions.
Currently, I am a member of:
- Music Teachers National Association (MTNA),
- Kansas Music Teacher Association (KMTA),
- Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA),
- Manhattan Area Music Teacher Association (MAMTA).
Over the past 25 years I have taught all ages and levels, including non-major piano classes in the Music Department at Kansas State University, in addition to private, partner, and group lessons for children and for adults.
I have consistently been able to provide dedicated students with the preparation necessary to compete successfully at local and state competitions and auditions.
Ever since I started to learn to play the piano I’ve been interested in improvising and composing. In 2017, I started to self-publish at sheetmusicplus.com
2016 Chinese Spring Festival Gala in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University.
2017 Goldberg Variations Aria da capo e fine in All Faiths Chapel at Kansas State University.