The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw has performed with over one hundred orchestras worldwide, including the Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, National, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Solo recital tours have taken her to major American cities, European music centers, and the Far East. She has performed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, Estonia, Finland, and Poland, as well as in China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and New Zealand.
An acclaimed chamber musician, Ms. Artymiw has collaborated with such celebrated artists as John Aler, Kim Kashkashian, Yo-Yo Ma, Marcy Rosen, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stoltzman, Michael Tree, Benita Valente, and the Alexander, American, Borromeo, Daedalus, Guarneri, Miami, Orion, Shanghai, and Tokyo Quartets, and has toured nationally with Music from Marlboro groups. Festival appearances include Alexandria, Aspen, Bantry, Bay Chamber, Bravo! Vail Valley, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, Grand Canyon, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Montreal, Mostly Mozart, SaltBay, Seattle, and Tucson.
In 2017, she was a juror for the Lang Lang Futian International Piano Competition, and in 2015, she adjudicated the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and served on the juries of fifteen piano concerto competitions at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools. She has been a frequent guest piano teacher at Juilliard since 2015, and presented master classes at Juilliard and the Curtis Institute in 2016.
Ms. Artymiw has made seven solo recordings for the Chandos label, and has also recorded for Bridge, Centaur, and Naxos. Her debut Chandos CD, Variations, won Gramophone magazine's Best of the Year award, and her Tchaikovsky CD titled Seasons sold more than 25,000 copies. Her newest CD with cellist Marcy Rosen, Complete Cello and Piano Music by Felix Mendelssohn, was released on the Bridge label in April 2018.
A recipient of top prizes at the 1976 Leventritt and 1978 Leeds International Competitions, Ms. Artymiw graduated from Philadelphia's University of the Arts, where she studied with distinguished concert pianist and former director of the Curtis Institute of Music, Gary Graffman. Ms. Artymiw holds the title of Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she has taught since 1989. In 2015, she received the University of Minnesota's Excellence in Graduate Teaching award.