Few musicians have broken into the industry and established a prestigious reputation after multiple careers in non-music related professions. In Bunny Beck’s case, this transition happened by accident.
“I never consciously realized I wanted to be an artist,” Beck said in an Inside Story interview in August, 2019. “I think it happened organically – just a natural flow.” Beck’s immersion in the music world was no mere fluke though. Rather, it was the culmination of a lifelong craft sprouting into a promising career as a pianist, recording artist, and composer.
As a native New Yorker, Beck’s prowess in music dates back to her childhood, when she began her training as a classical pianist. Beck studied under a range of mentors, including the notable concert pianist Selma Kramer, being her only child student. As a teenager Beck taught private piano lessons to both children and adults, and would later graduate from LaGuardia High School, SUNY Postdamn, NYU, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Composition, and was awarded the Women Composers Fellowship.