Gulimina Mahamuti

Part-time Assistant Professor in Music

Office: Sanborn Hall 101
Phone: 740-368-3700


Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Literature


D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.M., Piano Performance, Pittsburg State University
M.M., Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, Harbin Normal University (China)
B.M., Piano Performance, Northwest University for Nationalities and Jilin Conservatory of Music (China)

Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti enjoys an active career as a pianist, researcher, presenter, and educator.  She performs extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist in major cities in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, and China, with broadcasts on radio and state TV.  She gave recitals at the invitation of the Turkish Ambassador in Hungary, at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, at Trinity Church in Boston, and at Memorial Church of Harvard University, and performed and gave master classes frequently as guest pianist at universities and music schools across the U.S. and China.  Her orchestral appearances include performances of Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto, op. 13 with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Saint-Saens’ Le carnaval des animaux with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Chopin’s Andante Spianato et Grand Polonaise, in E-flat major, op. 22 and the “Yellow River” Piano Concerto with the Harbin Symphony Orchestra in China.  Her piano playing was featured at many radio stations, including San Francisco Turkish Radio, San Francisco Community Radio, Queens College of CUNY online podcast in the U.S., Touch Radio in China, and Istanbul Technical University Radio in Turkey.  Her CD recording, Xinjiang Piano Music from Western China, features the distinctive piano music from western China where she grew up

Besides performing, Dr. Mahamuti was published in major music journals, including People’s Music in China and Clavier Companion in the U.S.  Her editorial work on the Chinese composer Shi Fu’s piano compositions was highly praised by the distinguished Shanghai Music Publishing Company.  Her thesis, Shi Fu’s Xinjiang Piano Suites from an Eastern-Islamic Musical Vantage Point, has become the main reference for Chinese and western music scholars.  As a frequent presenter of lectures, master classes, and workshops, Dr.  Mahamuti presented at the national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association and as a panelist at the Plenary Session, “A Conversation with Pedagogy Leaders from Around the World,” of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Having received numerous awards, honors, fellowships, and scholarships, Dr. Mahamuti's professional achievements were recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives and by the Celebration of Scholarships at Ohio Wesleyan University on multiple occasions.  She was selected to attend The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Luncheon and was a twice-recipient of the distinguished UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund Fellowship and its Outstanding Merit Recipient of the James Lamar and Clara Winslow Sandusky Memorial Award and the Sarajane S. and R. Kenneth Aber Award.

A native of Karamay City in western China, Dr. Mahamuti is the first Uyghur from China to receive a DMA in Piano Performance from the United States.  She was interviewed frequently by China newspapers and China State TV and was featured in a two-part TV series on Karamay TV.  Her piano performances were broadcast on multiple occasions.  Her life story -- from her first piano lesson in Karamay at age eight to winning her first competition at age nine to earning her doctorate in the U.S. -- was the subject of a TV documentary in Gansu Province Public TV.

Dr. Mahamuti joined the faculty of the Department of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University in the fall of 2011.  She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano in the U.S. and has previously taught at Capital University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Pittsburg State University (as a GTA), and was a full-time piano faculty at Northwest University for Nationalities in China.  She serves on the board and chairs the Central East District of OhioMTA Piano Workshops and is the chairperson of the Richland County Chapter of OhioMTA. She is also a board member of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs and chairs the Student/Collegiate Auditions Award for the state of Ohio. For more information, visit (Photography by John Holliger).


MUS 116, Class Piano I
MUS 117, Class Piano II
MUS 216, Class Piano III
MUS 217, Class Piano IV
MUS 232, Keyboard Techniques I
MUS 233, Keyboard Techniques II
Applied Piano Courses to music majors and music minors

Xinjiang Piano Music from Western China. Gulimina Mahamuti, piano (May, 2012), CD Recording.

Mahamuti, Gulimina. “Piano Study in Twenty-First Century China.” Clavier Companion,vol. 5, no. 2 (March/April 2013): 44-50.

“Professional Development Makes You Recession-Resistant.” Clavier Companion, vol. 1, no. 5 (September/October 2009): 48-50.     Translated into Italian and appears in Didattica:                                                                                                                           

“Gaoshi gangqin ‘shuangzhuanye’ jiaoxue moshi chutan.”[An exploration on double-major-degree teaching system for piano major students in China’s normal universities.] Hangtian jiaoyu 104(August 2004): 112-113.

“Yuandongli: Gangqin tanzou zhongde shouyao keti.” [The source of energy: A discussion on the prime issue of playing the piano.] Beifang yinyue 130, no. 3 (2003): 24-25.

“Shang Deyi gequ chuangzuo zhongde gangqin banzou yishu chutan.”[The art of piano accompaniment in Shang Deyi’s art songs.] Renmin yinyue (March 2003): 28-30.
“Johann Sebastian Bach yu fudiao yinyue.” [Johann Sebastian Bach and his fugal music.] Xibei minzu xueyuan xuebao, no. 2 (2) (2001): 208-209.

Shi Fu. Three Xinjiang Piano Suites. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Music Publishing Company, 2010.


Gulimina Mahamuti, pianist