Marvin Wolfthal has a multi-faceted career as pianist, composer, conductor, teacher and author. He studied piano with duo pianists Murray and Loretta Dranoff, and later with Rafael de Silva and Claudio Arrau. He studied composition at Columbia University with Charles Wuorinen and Harvey Sollberger. His writings on the music of the classical and contemporary periods have been published in the United States and Europe.  

His “Lulu Fantasy,” a solo work for piano based on the opera “Lulu” by Alban Berg has been published by Universal Edition Vienna and was awarded the prize for best new piano composition of 2008 by International Piano Magazine.  

Wolfthal has an international reputation as a performer and lecturer and has presented European premières of works by important American composers including Elliott Carter, Roger Sessions and Donald Martino. His long association with the music of Elliott Carter includes the Italian première of the composer’s Piano Concerto at the Venice Biennale with the Milan RAI orchestra.  

As a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music he taught graduate seminars in interpretation and advanced musical theory. He has presented graduate seminars at the Longy School in Cambridge and, most recently, master classes at the Altschuler Summer Music Institute in Rimini, Italy.