Past Resident

Mary Prescott

Mary Prescott is an adventurous pianist and composer who juxtaposes traditional and nontraditional elements to examine universal questions through experimentation and musical storytelling.

She performs classical and improvised music at venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Steinway Hall, Abrons Art Center, and MacPhail Center for Music, as well as eclectic, independent, and experimental stages. She has performed in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Josip Kasman Festival in Croatia, Opensound Series in Boston, and others; collaborating with artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Her Carnegie Hall masterclass performance with Richard Goode appears in the documentary  film, Prelude to Debussy. Prescott’s current season includes performances of her original improvised piano solo, ALICE.

A 2016 Composer-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House (NY), Prescott’s solo works and interdisciplinary collaborations include her blog-based recording project, Where We Go When (2011/12); Hook & Eye (2013/14), with visual artist Angela Costanzo Paris; and Nocecrepa (2015), a film score for Austrian visual artist, Thereska Gregor, and dancers from the SEAD Academy of Salzburg.

Named a 2016 Emerging Leader by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and head of the piano and chamber music departments for several years. She has been on faculty at music schools and festivals worldwide, including the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and the Great Neck Music Conservatory. She currently maintains a private studio in Manhattan, and is a guest clinician, lecturer and adjudicator at events throughout the United States.


Prescott holds piano performance degrees from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Bachelor of Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).