New York Times- ... A pianist who possesses not only an overwhelming talent but extraordinary musical sensitivity as well. At every point in every selection on his program. Mr. Westcott kept this rare combination of virtuosity and profundity in balance, so that when his performance was over one didn't know whether to be more awed by his command of the keyboard or moved by his interpretive vision.
- Prizes include
- First Prize William Kappell International Piano Competition (1972)
- Third Prize Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1969) Bronze medal
- First Prize Young Musician Foundation, Debut Auditions (Los Angeles, 1966)
- First Prize International Piano Recording Competition (1971 and 1973)
- Rudolf Serkin Prize (1965)
With the high level of competition and limited resources, talented students and their parents alike are rightfully concerned about admission and scholarship assistance to excellent schools of music nationwide. Along with top prizes in local, regional, national and even international competitions the Mark Westcott studio boasts an impeccable record of placing students in first rate schools of music with hefty scholarships. In the five years preceding Covid no less than seven of Westcott's students gained admission with full-ride scholarships to important schools of music. The smallest was $40,000 and the largest $183,000. With expertise from his years on the concert platform, enhanced by three university appointments, Westcott is uniquely qualified to prepare and guide promising talent to the very best schools with generous financial aid.
During my career as a concert artist I gave lectures and masterclasses at countless state and division music teachers conventions and was twice Featured Artist at the national convention of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).
In the Portland area where I returned regularly, I am proud to have had a roll in the study of many prominent piano teachers.
My aim as a piano teacher of all levels and ages is to guide the student to a deep and lasting personal relationship to the world of music. I have often said "when they don't need me any more I have done my job". To this end my emphasis is on fundamentals, to help the student form good long-term habits and make practice and performance a happy and exciting experience.
For piano students aspiring to serious college level study, competitions, or even professional career aspiration I am uniquely qualified to provide this level of training. My students have won prizes in major competitions, serve on college and university faculties, and perform as recital soloists and with major orchestras.
- See Classic Pianos Mark Westcott Master Class
- See Chopin Northwest - 2013 winners, Nick Poelwijk, winner, senior division.
- See "Playing With Love - A Journey of Happy Accidents" by Mark Westcott