1999 Piano Century, a series of 11 concerts celebrating solo piano music of the 20th century, opened at Juilliard on September 21, and continued through the 1999-2000 season. Directed by alumnus and former faculty member Bruce Brubaker, the series was the first large-scale project involving the entire piano department, and consisted of 101 piano works performed by 101 Juilliard students. Public forums and master classes were also presented in conjunction with the series. Piano Century repertory was international in scope, but with an emphasis on American music, including ragtime, jazz, works by Juilliard composers, past Juilliard commissions, and the premiere of alumna Amanda Harberg’s The Fun of Compulsive Behavior, a work specially commissioned by the School for the event.
Opening night of the series featured music by Ravel, Albéniz, Janacek, Berg, Debussy, Joplin, and Ives. The first accompanying Piano Century forum took place on September 28. Bruce Brubaker gave introductory remarks and pianist Alan Feinberg coached students Deondra Brown, Charlsie Griffiths, Jenny Naylor, and Steven Beck.