Attwood, Koji
Adjunct Faculty: Piano

Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

"Picture Liszt's extravagant concerts--theatrical, virtuosic, full of music to show the expansive horizons of the piano--and the pianist.  No fawn gloves in Koji Attwood's appearance onstage, but Liszt's spirit lives."

--H. Daniel Webster, Philadelphia Inquirer


        Koji Attwood, a Kansas native, made his solo debut at the age of ten, and one year later won 2nd prize at the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition.  He earned 2nd prize at both the Stravinsky and Missouri Southern International Keyboard competitions, and was a participant in the International William Kapell Keyboard and the Hamamatsu International Piano competitions.  He received honorable mention at the VII International Web Concert Hall Competition, which entitled him to a performance that will continue to be broadcast on the internet, via the Web Concert Hall Artist Series, over the next seven years.  Koji was also a winner of Astral Artistic Services' 2003 International Auditions, and was the featured artist on's "New York City Rising Star" series.

       Mr.  Attwood has performed numerous solo recitals across much of the country, including concerts in Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Series.  He appeared regularly on the "World of the Piano" series at the Juilliard School and was frequently heard on a weekly radio show on New York's WQXR, hosted by David Dubal entitled, "Reflections From the Keyboard: the Pianist in Comparative Performance" and currently on Dubal's new show, "The Piano Matters" on WWFM.

       Committed to the performance of contemporary music, Mr. Attwood has given world premiere performances of works by Cynthia Folio, Hector Martinez Morales, and Daniel Ott.  Also active in chamber music, Mr. Attwood has performed with members of the Borromeo, St. Lawrence, Koryo, and Enso quartets, and is a regular collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov.  He performed with the dancer's White Oak Dance Project, and partnered with Mr. Baryshnikov for his 2002-3 solo tour of the United States--providing solo interludes as well as accompaniment for the dances--garnering praise for being a "phenomenal pianist" [Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin], "beautifully nuanced" [Cleveland Plain Dealer], "enchanting" [Santa Barbara News Press], "wonderful pianist" [Seattle Times], "Koji a pianist of rare gifts, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator.  Playing solo pieces of Scriabin, Scarlatti, Liszt and Soler, this young pianist was much more than fill.  He is a concert pianist with an impeccable technique, a rich tone, and an assured sense of good interpretive taste" [Nevada-Events], and described by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "Koji Attwood percolated rapturously...they (Baryshnikov and Attwood) displayed lovely chemistry in a performance full of virtuosity, and humor, whimsy and seriousness.  Their coordination was so tight that it sometimes seemed as though the dancer's limbs were attached to the musician's notes."  Mr. Attwood has also performed throughout the United States and in Europe with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Wally Cardona Quartet, and C. Eule Dance.  In May and June 2010 he joined the American Ballet Theatre for eight sold-out all-Chopin performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, playing in the company's critically lauded premiere of the John Neumeier ballet Lady of the Camellias, and was invited back the following year for seven repeat performances.

       Mr. Attwood's recent performances include a highly acclaimed recital at Merkin Hall in New York City, a European debut at the prestigious Husum festival in Germany, debut in Canada, performing in Montreal at the Theatre Outremont, and invitation by the Fondation Cziffra to perform at the Chapelle Royale Saint-Frambourg in France.  He is featured, along with pianists Marc-Andre Hamelin, Lev Vinacour, and Daniel Berman on the 2009 "Rarities of Piano" Danacord release, and as an avid transcriber, has over twenty arrangements to his credit.

       Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Seymour Lipkin, Koji studied at the University of Kansas with Richard Angeletti.  He then went on to earn a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal.  Mr. Attwood currently serves on the faculty of the Gifted Music School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at Utah Valley University.  Koji is a Yamaha Artist.