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Dakota Pianist, Eugene Gienger

The Wieck Piano Academy of Newlands is a merit-based piano school for young children and their parents, offering year-round tuition in classical piano (including public holidays).  The Academy was founded in 2013 by Mr. Eugene Gienger, pianist, teacher, recording artist, author and composer.  Lessons are available in person, or internationally through Skype video call.

Entry into the Academy is by personal interview where musical aptitude will be determined/demonstrated through various entrance tests.  Continuation in the Academy is earned by regular practice and demonstrated progress in piano playing skills.  Public recitals are held every May and November in Wellington.

All students must have access to an acoustic upright or grand piano for daily practice.  No electronic pianos are acceptable.

Payments are monthly throughout the year.  Students may miss four lessons per year as part of the 48 lessons per year agreement.

Teaching is in the tradition of the German masters and the Academy is for the keen and serious student.  

Eugene Gienger Tackles Challenging Brahms For Weekend Concert - South Dakota Pianist Eugene Gienger is closing the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra’s current season with one of the most strenuous piano compositions ever written. 

News Worthy

For this Dakota Digest, Eugene Gienger invites SDPB’s Victoria Wicks into his home for a chat and a concert. 

Two transplanted South Dakota musicians grew up in rural areas in North Dakota. Now William Wieland lives in Aberdeen and teaches music at Northern State University. And Eugene Gienger lives in Custer and performs all around the state.  Read More... 


   A "knuckle-breaker"of a programme...sheer prestidigitation...enchanting sonatas by Soler most winningly realized...Mr. Gienger was a          most persuasive advocate of the music both as a speaker and as a player   Peter Mechen, Wellington, New Zealand   April 2014

"A five-star concert pianist...glorious, captivating, incredible, stupendous, prodigious, astounding, amazing, wonderful, breathtaking, overwhelming...incredibly moving for the audience."

Sally Boyd, Bellevue Gazette, Ohio, USA
"An Important Talent."

Professor Bela Siki, University of Washington
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The Wieck Piano Academy of Newlands gratefully acknowledges the support of the following international benefactors:  Ms. Kitty Durville and Ms. Diane Olsen.  

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