Juliet McComas

Pianist and Educator


Juliet Mccomas

Personal Profile

Juliet McComas began her piano studies at age 6 and performed on television at the age of 8.   At the age of 13, she made her professional debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a series of four concerts.   Juliet was awarded a scholarship to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance.   Her principal teacher was Dr. Konrad Wolff.   She has also performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher (Peabody) and has coached with Karl Ulrich Schnabel (New York and San Francisco), Lilian Kallir (Aspen Music Festival) and Richard Goode.  Numerous awards include the Alexander Sklarevski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Piano from Peabody.   Juliet has performed many concerts on the East Coast including a second appearance with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with the Oakland Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Players, and the Artea Chamber Orchestra.  Television credits include Peabody Presents and the Bay Area's popular Grand Piano television show.

Juliet is a three-time winner of the Dr. Jess Shenson Faculty Artist Grant in 2001, 2003 and 2010.  In 2002, Juliet was the winner of San Francisco Community Music Center's inaugural Faculty Concerto Competition, playing the Mozart Piano Concerto #25 in C Major K.503.  World renowned pianist Richard Goode coached Juliet and gave her his own cadenza to perform.   In April 2005, she performed the concerto in April 2005 with Philharmonia Northwest in Seattle.

In June 2007, Juliet was accepted to the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.   The ten day festival provided many performing opportunities including master classes with faculty John Owings and Tamas Ungar.  The festival also offered their first ever piano concerto competition for actively performing teachers.   Juliet was one of the five winners selected to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony under the direction of Jeffrey Pollock.

In 2008, Juliet received a CMC Enrichment Grant, enabling her to attend the Seattle International Piano Festival where she was selected as an alternate finalist.

In 2004, Juliet McComas created the annual Keyboard Marathon for CMC piano faculty and guests and produced the first five of these events.   The 48 Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach were presented in 2004 and 2005 and the complete Songs without Words of Felix Mendelssohn in 2006 and 2007.   In 2008, Preludes offered a broad sampling of this genre by a variety of composers from all historical periods of music.  After a decade, the Keyboard Marathon is an established popular community event.

Juliet has taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Towson State University in Maryland.   She is currently a much sought after teacher both at the SF Community Music Center and at her private studio in San Francisco.   Juliet is a Menuhin Scholar instructor at the prestigious Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA.

For 2012-2013, Juliet received her fourth Dr. Jess Shenson Faculty Artist Grant for her recital of Three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Bridge.   See the Upcoming Events page for more information.