Yoheved Kaplinsky, chair of the Juilliard School piano department, began her musical career as a prizewinner in the J. S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. Born in Israel, she studied at the Tel Aviv Music Academy before entering Juilliard as a scholarship student of Irwin Freundlich. She holds master's and doctoral degrees from Juilliard and continued studies with Dorothy Taubman in New York. Ms. Kaplinsky has appeared throughout the U.S. as recitalist, chamber musician, and with orchestras. She has given lectures and master classes in the U.S., Israel, and the Far East. She joined Juilliard's piano faculty in 1993 and has served on the faculties of Baltimore's Peabody Institute and the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to the Aspen Music Festival and School, she teaches regularly at summer festivals, including Maine's Bowdoin, Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel, Texas Conservatory for Young Artists, the Cliburn Institute, and Long Island's Pianofest. Ms. Kaplinsky adjudicates international competitions, including the Cleveland, Rubinstein, Dublin, Cliburn, and Tchaikovsky competitions. In 2003 she received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award. In 2006 she was appointed visiting professor at Texas Christian University, and in 2007 she was appointed artistic director of the Pre-college Division of the Juilliard School.