Hometown: New York
Web site: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/music/faculty/kahan.html
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Sylvia Kahan is Professor of Music at the Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, CUNY, where she is a member of both the Piano and Musicology faculties. As a pianist, Dr. Kahan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in all of New York’s major halls and in concert venues throughout North America and Europe. Her recitals have been broadcast on WQXR, WNYC, and National Public Radio. She has participated in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Waterloo, Delta, and Nancy (France) summer festivals, and has collaborated with the English Chamber Orchestra, sopranos Roberta Peters and Shirley Verrett, and members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
As a musicologist, Sylvia Kahan specializes in late 19th-century and 20th-century French music and culture. She has written on women’s roles as music patrons in Paris and New York, Proust and music, Nadia Boulanger, French opera, and the history of octatonicism. Her book, Music’s Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac (University of Rochester Press), was hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as an “important new study”; it will appear in French translation as Une Muse de la musique moderne in 2010. A second book, In Search of New Scales: Prince Edmond de Polignac, Octatonic Explorer has just been published by University of Rochester Press. Sylvia Kahan is a regular lecturer on French opera at New York City Opera. She served two terms as Chair of the New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society.