Abe Minzer, pianist


Pianist, Abe Minzer, is creator/director of “Classically Alive”.  Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive hosts over 30 musicians and other artists, and features diverse monthly at-home music/arts salons, in addition to programs at venues across Colorado.  Highlights of the 2008 season included collaborations with American Cancer Society, and the Dos Americas guitar duo. The 2006 & 2007 salons featured the complete Schubert song cycles, Mostly Mozart, and 7 programs on Brahms and Schumann.  Beyond the great food and camaraderie, the salons host many styles of music, including contemporary, as well as provide a venue for painters, poets and discussion. 

Minzer earned a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and taught piano and chamber music at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.  He plays concerts throughout Colorado and the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Dr. Minzer performed the world premiere of the chamber version of “Suite Indiana” by Argentine composer, Jorge Cardoso with the Dos Americas guitar duo in 2008, including a performance at the Colorado College 2008 Summer Music Festival.  With its highly favorable reception, Minzer and Dos Americas in early 2009 gave 15 performances of Suite Indiana during their Colorado state-wide tour.

Dr. Minzer has performed and introduced compositions of Ofer Ben-Amots’ at many venues, including Classically Alive, Temple Beit Torah, and for the PILLAR Adult Education school.  Currently, Dr. Minzer is an instructor at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), most recently teaching a course in 20th Century Music.  Abe lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Dr. Carol Schreuder, and he enjoys the wilderness, travel, cooking and reading.