Virginia Eskin, pianist

Virginia Eskin, LecturerVirginia Eskin is both a performer and an educator. She has taught and given lectures at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe, including New England Conservatory, Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, Northeastern, Goucher, University of Alabama, American College of Greece (Athens), and the International Institute (Madrid). She regularly participates in adult education programs, speaks at senior living facilities, and community programs; and has frequently lectured and performed at Elderhostel (now “Road Scholar”) and on several cruises in Europe.

Her lectures appeal to all age groups, and especially to older people who love music and learning. She has given pre-concert lectures for Boston’s Celebrity Series and, for several years, has given a series of lectures at Boston University’s Evergreen Series, where she has a large and devoted following.

Just as she does on her radio programs, Virginia brings added enjoyment to the experience of music by talking about composers (including women composers, a particular Eskin specialty) and their works and demonstrating musical elements that enhance the listening experience.

Virginia Eskin on tabloidism in classical music (YouTube)
Pianist Virginia Eskin discusses David Helfgott, "toy violinists", Vladimir Horowitz, and other subjects. The interview is from 1997.

Virginia Eskin on Horowitz's piano, Van Cliburn's piano, etc. (YouTube)
Pianist Virginia Eskin discusses her experiences playing pianos that were exclusively used by Vladimir Horowitz and Van Cliburn. This interview with Susan Stamberg is from 2001.