As a professional who has chosen to use her talents in the corporate sector, Dr. Karen Beluso is a true citizen artist. As Institutional Sales Manager (NY, NJ and CT) for Steinway, she is responsible for assisting educational institutions enhance their music departments with Steinway and Steinway-designed pianos, all while using her talents as a pianist to inspire students to discover their own gifts.
Dr. Beluso made her orchestral debut at age twelve with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C. This led to an appearance with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra that was followed by a Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, debut with the New York Youth Symphony, in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 while still a teenager. The performance earmarked her as an artist whose “technique and innate skill proved every bit as good as her ability to understand the language of Chopin. The work came alive with a seldom-heard freshness.”
After her Carnegie Hall debut, she received invitation to perform in Costa Rica, the Philippines, Taiwan, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. – all of which led to even more accolades from critics and audiences alike.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, she expanded her career to include work in both Music Education and Arts Administration. Over a span of several years she became Department Head of Performing Arts at Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY; a faculty member at the CW Post Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Long Island Philharmonic.