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Louis Nagel

Professor emeritus of music (piano)


Louis Nagel combines an active concert and teaching schedule and his lecture-recitals are enjoyed by musicians and non-musicians alike. He has performed in highly acclaimed solo recitals and concerto concerts in major American and European cities. He has taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp, International Music Camp in Poland, Adamant Music School, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.  He was formerly director of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Outreach Program, advisor to the Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree program, and interim chair of the Department of Piano. He joined the SMTD faculty in 1969.

Nagel is a sought-after presenter at state and national conferences with lecture-recitals at National Music Teachers’ Association conventions in Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City. He is often invited as a state convention artist and has appeared in other forums throughout the United States. He is a member and former board member of the American Liszt Society and often performs at its annual festivals including the Great Romantics Festival at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Nagel has collaborated with his wife, psychologist, psychoanalyst, and musician Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel, at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Professor Nagel is a Steinway artist, and has performed in Steinway Hall in New York as well as numerous times for the Steinway music stores in Michigan.  He has recorded Four Centuries of J. S. Bach for Equilibrium as well as Music of C.P.E. Bach and Joseph Haydn for Block M.

His three degrees from The Juilliard School include studies with Rosina Lhevinne, Josef Raieff, and Joseph Bloch.  Subsequent to his studies at The Juilliard School was a summer of coaching with Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Nagel’s performances have included Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Florence, Italy and four programs devoted to the piano sonatas of Schubert at Kerrytown.  He also presented a program on the French Suites of Bach at the Music Teachers National Association National Convention in New York.

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