ASTORIA, NEW YORK (November 1, 2019) – Local piano teacher Charles Fugo has been inducted into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame — a prestigious designation recognizing the work of North America’s most committed and passionate piano educators.
This fall, 43 teachers from the United States and Canada were inducted into the Steinway Teachers Hall of Fame with special events hosted at the historic Steinway factory in New York City. Each teacher inducted into the Hall of Fame was nominated by a Steinway & Sons showroom in the teacher’s home region. The teachers’ names are now displayed on a commemorative display wall inside the iconic factory.
“Since the very early days of company history, Steinway & Sons has been committed to music education and has been proud to work with some of the finest piano teachers in the world,” said Ron Losby, President and CEO of Steinway & Sons. “These talented educators foster a love of learning and practice in young people that ultimately creates the fabric of tomorrow’s music and culture. We are very happy to create the new Hall of Fame and to celebrate the special men and women who populate it.”
About Charles Fugo
Charles Fugo is currently Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music, where he teaches applied piano and coaches chamber music. He received his baccalaureate degree at Oberlin Conservatory, with additional study at the Akademie des Mozarteums, Salzburg, Austria, and his MM and DM Performance degrees at Indiana University, where he was also awarded the Performer’s Certificate. During his study at Indiana he was also named a state winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Division. His principal teachers include Abbey Simon, Jorge Bolet, and Joseph Schwartz, with additional study under Winfried Wolf, Sidney Foster, and Robin McCabe, with chamber music coaching under Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio.
About Steinway & Sons
Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Because of a dedication to continuous improvement, today’s Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.