Yoheved "Veda" Kaplinsky (born March 23, 1947 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine [now Israel]) is a lecturer and professor of music at the Juilliard School. She heads the pre-college department at Juilliard.


She studied piano under Ilona Vincze-Kraus at the Israel Academy of Music and earned her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Irwin Freundlich. She continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman.

Professional career

She began her teaching career at Philadelphia University of the Arts and then taught at the Manhattan School of Music in 1987. Between 1989 and 1997 she taught at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

In 1993, she began to teach at the Juilliard School. She became the chairperson of the Piano Division in 1997. She was an adjudicator[citation needed] at prestigious international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow[citation needed] and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas[citation needed], where her student Joyce Yang won a second prize in 2005. She has been appointed by the Juilliard President Joseph Polisi as the Susan Rose Chair in piano. In 2008, she became The Artistic Director of the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division.

Since 2006 she has been Professor of Piano in the Texas Christian University School of Music and was a member of the faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School.[1]

Awards and honors

She was a second-prize winner of the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C., and has performed at the Pianofest in Long Island, N.Y.[citation needed] and the Cliburn-T.C.U. Institute[citation needed]. She has performed at the Aspen Music festival and Bowdoin Summer festival since 2004[citation needed] and 1995 respectively[citation needed], and has served on the faculty of both. She won the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in 2003.[citation needed]


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