Deborah Bradley-Kramer


Head of School

Dr. Deborah Bradley-Kramer, Ph.D (NYU; European Mozart Academy) is Lecturer in Music at Columbia University, and was Director of Columbia's Music Performance Program from 1999-2013. An award-winning educator and pianist, she was nominated for a Great Teacher Award at Columbia, and received Copland, Koussevitzky, Arts International, and Trust For Mutual Understanding (Rockefeller Foundation) Grants for her recordings and performances.

While Director of Columbia's Music Performance Program, she created many new areas of study such as Bluegrass Band, Klezmer Ensemble, and Middle Eastern Ensemble; she also established the Program's principle operating budget, and developed numerous new concert series (Weill Hall Gala, Columbia Sounds for Families), and touring opportunities for young performers and composers. 

Deborah is a frequent speaker on many performance related and pedagogical topics, and has recently appeared at Warsaw's Chopin University, Sibelius Academy, Prague Conservatory, Royal Conservatory in Ireland, Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, the United Nations, WWFM Radio, University of Chicago, and Taipei National University of Arts. Her article "Postmodern Musing, Postmodern Performing" can be found in Jonathan Kramer's Postmodern Music, Postmodern Listening (Bloomsbury Press, 2016), and her CD with Moebius is forthcoming on Leonarda Records in 2017.

Deeply dedicated to nurturing the careers of young artists, Deborah is founder and Artistic Director of SPEAKmusic, a consortium of performers and composers from Juilliard, Curtis, and Columbia who are dedicated to outreach, education, and transformation through the arts. In Summer July 2017, she will initiate a new international concert series at Centre for the Future in the Czech Republic, and embark on collaborative musical activities with students and faculty at the Kenya Conservatory in 2018.

As Director of Music & Performance, Deborah is responsible for developing MUSE Academy's overall music and performing arts curriculum to align MUSE with global best practices in pedagogy and performance.