Iris Graffman Wenglin is from a distinguished musical family. Joseph Graffman, Wenglin’s father, played the string bass in The New York Symphony Orchestra under Walter Damrosch, and her cousin is pianist Gary Graffman. Wenglin made her first professional appearance as a pianist at age 13 on the Jinx Falkenberg TV program, and at age 16 she started working as a rehearsal pianist for NBC Opera Theatre. As a teenager she performed several times on WNYC’s “Young Artist” series. She graduated from Music and Art High School and holds a B.A. and an M.A. from New York University and a M.Ed. from the Manhattan School of Music.
Wenglin was pianist for the Lyricum Wind Ensemble and the Ancora Trio (cello, flute, and piano). She also had an extensive career as an accompanist. Wenglin taught piano for over 50 years at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and privately in both New York and the Boston area, and she adjudicated for the New England Piano Teachers Association. Wenglin remains active in her retirement, giving concerts for the Friends of the Sarasota (FL) Concert Association as well as lecture-recitals in Sarasota. In 2012 she gave a concert with the violinist Joseph Silverstein.