ABF continues to hold up Karen Beluso as the model of a professional who has chosen to use her talents in the corporate sector, a true citizen artist. As Institutional Sales Manager for Steinway, she is responsible for helping educational institutions enhance their Music Education departments with Steinway pianos, while also using her superb talents as a pianist to inspire students to discover their own gifts.
Like all of this year’s Gala artists, Beluso is no stranger to childhood celebrity. She made her orchestral debut at age twelve with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C. This led to an appearance with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony that was followed by a Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony, in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 while still a teenager. The performance earmarked her as an artist whose “technique and innate skill proved every bit as good as her ability to understand the language and diction of Chopin. The work came alive with a seldom-heard freshness.”
After her Carnegie debut she began receiving invitations to perform from almost every corner of the globe: Costa Rica, the Philippines, Switzerland, Taiwan, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C.—all of which led to even more accolades from critics and audiences alike.
Earning Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School, she expanded her career to include work in both Music Education and Arts Administration. Over a span of several years she became Department Head of Performing Arts at Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY, a faculty member at the C.W. Post Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Long Island Philharmonic.