John Metz holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Lawrence Conservatory of Music as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Lawrence University. He has studied extensively with Catherine Kautsky, chair of the Lawrence Conservatory piano department, as well as with Dmitri Novgorodsky (SUNY Fredonia).
He resides in San Rafael, California where he performs and teaches private piano lessons. Engagements include solo and collaborative recitals as well as church services. In 2012, John performed for the Concerts Grand recital series. He is Vice President of the Music Teachers Association of California, Marin County Branch. And he is a faculty member of the GATE Academy where he teaches music classes and private piano lessons.
He is a student of the Taubman Approach to piano playing, which teaches piano technique based on principles of coordinate movement. He is currently enrolled in the New York based Golandsky Institute's certification program for teachers of the Taubman Approach (golandskyinstitute.org
), and is mentored by master teacher John Bloomfield.
He has appeared in music festivals such as the Innsbrook Summer Music Institute, where he performed in recitals and masterclasses, studied piano under Jack Winerock, and received coachings from members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Biava String Quartet. At Brevard Music Center he performed and studied piano under Donna Lee of Kent State University and Elizabeth Pridonoff of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed in masterclasses for esteemed pianists and pedagogues such as Simone Dinnerstein and Natalya Antonova. As collaborative pianist, he performed in masterclasses for the acclaimed Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman as well as the members of the long respected Guarneri String Quartet.
In addition to teaching and performing, John is a music critic for the Classical Sonoma.