Lied Center Piano Academy 2021

Lied Center Piano Academy 2021

LIED CENTER PIANO ACADEMY 2021

Lied Center Piano Circle, Lied staff and the Glenn Korff School of Music are excited to host the fourth annual Lied Center Piano Academy (LCPA), July 11-16, 2021

LCPA is designed for students entering grades 9 through their first year of college, fall 2021. The Academy Artist for 2021 is Jessica Osborne. Jessica Osborne, along with GKSOM faculty and guest professional teaching artists will provide young talented pianists intensive training to raise their level of performance, engage in thought-provoking workshops, and help develop life-long relationships with other serious young pianists.

Tuition for The Academy is $175 per participant.  Need-based Scholarships for the tuition are available!

The Lied Center Piano Academy is supported by the Piano Circle and the Anabeth Hormel Cox Lied Center Performance Fund.

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Paul Barnes as part of our LCPA leadership team as Artistic Director. Dr. Barnes is the Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music and has been a part of the Academy since it’s inception. From Dr. Barnes:

The artistic collaboration that I have enjoyed with the Lied Center for Performing Arts has been a professional highlight of my 25 years at the Glenn Korff School of Music.Whether presenting a Philip Glass premiere or a CD release performance with Brooklyn Rider, the Lied Center has been at the leading edge of my musical world.It is with great joy that I accept the position of ArtisticDirector of the Lied Center Piano Academy.I have been passionately dedicated to inspiring young pianists in reaching their full human and musical potential and the LCPA fulfills that aspiration perfectly.My vision for the Academy includes creating an exhilarating and inspiring environment where high school pianists from all over the country can be challenged to explore every aspect of their musicianship.Using the world renowned faculty of the Glenn Korff School of Music, I want to inspire young pianists to think in very new ways about music that will make them a force for good in the world.Academy fellows will engage the rich tradition of piano music but also explore improvisation and the exciting world of contemporary piano music.I’m thrilled toput my creative, artistic, and pedagogical energy into the Lied Center Piano Academy and look forward to welcoming many young pianists to our campus this July.

HOW THE ACADEMY WILL BE STRUCTURED

To ensure a productive and positive experience, we will cap enrollment at 25 students. 

Classes take place daily from approximately 9:00am-5:30pm with plenty of breaks and fun evening excurisions that are optional.  Some classes may be small groups and others all together.

 

All attendees and activity workers must comply with UNL’s Face Covering Policy. Individuals who are not FULLY VACCINATED are expected to wear a facial covering (aka, mask) and practice social distancing at all times when indoors on university property. Masks may be removed at mealtimes and participants will be expected to practice social distancing. Face coverings must extend from the bridge of the nose to below the chin and fit snugly to the face without gaps. Reusable face coverings are acceptable, as are disposable paper masks. Per CDC guidance, face shields are not acceptable alternatives to close face coverings unless they include a bottom or drape that provides fully enclosed coverage for the face and neck. Regardless of the type used, face coverings should not be designed with exhalation valves.

At the Lied Center, we mirror this University policy. Masks are now optional for anyone (staff, volunteers, patrons, artists) who is fully vaccinated, and expected for those who are not. We welcome anyone else who still prefers to wear a mask to do so - we want everyone to feel safe, comfortable, and welcome at the Lied Center.

UNL is strongly encouraging all youth 12 and older participating in summer camps to get vaccinated prior to the camp.

14 days BEFORE the camp, please conduct the following SELF SCREENING tasks (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X3lL0G1Fo-VU7goibStmZJILCDyZFXwt4BVUvR-hA4M/edit?usp=sharing

  • If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, the person must not participate in the event.
  • Any camp attendee or activity worker, regardless of vaccination status, should not attend camp if they are feeling ill.

Here is a link to the CDC guidelines regarding youth summer camps from which UNL is utilizing along with guidance from the Lancaster County Health Department: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

 

 

 

TUITION AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Tuition for the Piano Academy is $175 per participant. This tuitition includes a $50 non refundable deposit that will be required after applicants are accepted into the Academy.

Please do not send the non refundable deposit or tuition payment until you receive an acceptance email.

We will also be offering housing on UNL campus for an additional cost of approximately $250-$300.

A limited number of scholarships are available and can cover up to 100% of the cost of the tuition. Scholarships are need-based and should be requested at the time of application. 

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REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PIANO ACADEMY

Students will be expected to prepare for the Academy with the following:

- The student must prepare two pieces from different eras and in different styles 
- One piece shall be performance ready for final input from the instructor
- One piece shall have basic learning completed and be ready for “in-process” instruction
- The student will provide a clean score of each for instruction to be email to Lied staff to share with instructor 

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VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSION/APPLICATION

Applications will open March 15, 2021

Every applicant is required to submit a video recording of you performing a selection from standard piano repertoire up to 3 minutes in length (smart-phone videos are acceptable). Applicants may attach a video file via Google Drive OR a link to a YouTube video. 

APPLICATION

Application deadline is June 11, 2021 but DO NOT DELAY! PARTICIPATION FOR THE ACADEMY IS LIMITED TO 25 STUDENTS! GET YOU APPLICATION ASAP TO ENSURE A SPOT IN THE ACADEMY!

2021 Lied Center Piano Academy: APPLICATION

If you have questions about The Lied Center Piano Academy, please contact Lied Education Outreach Coordinator, Sasha Dobson at sdobson3@unl.edu

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ACADEMY CURRICULUM

The Academy curriculum is tailored to serious intermediate to advanced students interested in gaining professional-level instruction and guidance to raise their performance level and understanding of piano music

  • Participants will have the opportunity to watch a live performance of the 2021 LCPA Opening Recital, featuring our Academy Artist Jessica Osborne on July 11th, evening time TBD.
  • Academy participants are guaranteed 1-2 private lessons and playing in 2-3 masterclasses
  • Sessions include career development, performance practice, preparing for auditions, and other sessions specifically designed by academy faculty for this group of fellows.
  • LCPA will culminate with a virtual Closing Recital featuring Academy Fellows. The recital will take place on July 16 in the late afternoon.
     
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Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists

  • Paul Barnes
    LIED CENTER PIANO ACADEMY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC MARGUERITE SCRIBANTE PROFESSOR OF MUSIC, PIANO AREA OF FOCUS: KEYBOARD
    Paul Barnes
    LIED CENTER PIANO ACADEMY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC MARGUERITE SCRIBANTE PROFESSOR OF MUSIC, PIANO AREA OF FOCUS: KEYBOARD
    Biography:

    Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” and the San Francisco Chronicle as “ferociously virtuosic,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today, on the cover of Clavier Magazine, and his recordings are streamed worldwide.

    Celebrating his twenty-four-year collaboration with Philip Glass, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass’s Piano Quintet “Annunciation.” The work is Glass’s first piano quintet and first work based on Greek Orthodox chant. In a Journal Star interview, Glass stated: “You have a world-class pianist in Paul Barnes. He’s a pure piano virtuoso.” The Journal Star described the world premiere performance as “meditative… striking… touchingly played by Barnes and the Chiara Quartet, ‘Annunciation’ is a romantic, late-period Glass masterwork.” Fred Child, host of APR’s Performance Today was present for the premiere and wrote: “Pianist Paul Barnes put together and performed a thrilling evening of music!” Child’s interview with Barnes and Glass and the word premiere performance of the quintet was featured twice on Performance Today. The New York premiere took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where New York Classical Review called the quintet “a fascinating mosaic of Glass’s late style…with a warm inner expression that seemed to echo Brahms.” PBS NewsHour recently featured a Nebraska Educational Telecommunications video production highlighting Barnes’ creative collaboration with Glass and the new quintet. Barnes recording of the quintet with string quartet superstars Brooklyn Rider was released in October of 2019 to critical acclaim. French publication ResMusica wrote: "Paul Barnes, whose pianistic lines are always clear, is a marvel of diologue with Brooklyn Rider."

    Barnes’ twelfth CD New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation has also received rave reviews. Gramophone Magazine wrote, “Pianists of Barnes’s great technique and musicality are a boon to new music.” And American Record Guide commented, “This disc provides further proof of Barnes’s ability to communicate new music with flair and passion.” Produced by Orange Mountain Music, the recording features a selection of Glass’s etudes juxtaposed with works by N. Lincoln Hanks, Lucas Floyd, Jason Bahr, Zack Stanton, Ivan Moody, and Jonah Gallagher. The sonic result is a breathtaking panorama of the energetic and expressive landscape that is twenty-first century piano music. Barnes has performed the recital version of New Generations in Vienna, Seoul, Rome, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Interlochen, and most recently at the Music Teachers National Association Convention in Glass’s hometown of Baltimore. Barnes also commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (After Lewis and Clark). The Omaha World Herald praised Barnes playing for his “driving intensity and exhilaration.” Nebraska Educational Telecommunications' production "The Lewis and Clark Concerto," a documentary/performance of the concerto featuring Barnes, won an Emmy for Best Performance Production. Additional performances included collaborations with conductor Marin Alsop at the prestigious Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra where the Seattle Times called Barnes' performance "an impressive feat." The world-premiere recording with the NWCO was released by Orange Mountain Music. Gramophone Magazine remarked that this recording is "certainly one of the most enjoyable recent releases of Glass's music...Paul Barnes is a shining soloist." Barnes recently gave the Chinese premiere of the concerto at the famous Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu China as part of an inaugural American Music festival.

    Orange Mountain Music also released Barnes' recording of his transcriptions from the operas of Philip Glass, including both the Trilogy Sonata and the Orphée Suite for Piano. Gramophone Magazine observed, “Barnes offers a surprisingly expressive reading…. Atmosphere and rhythmic vitality are important, and these qualities Barnes has in abundance.” The American Record noted, "Barnes is an expressive pianist with a lovely tone and a flair for the dramatic." The Trilogy Sonata and the Orphée Suite for Piano are published by Chester Music of London and are available at sheetmusicplus.com. Barnes’ eleventh CD The American Virtuoso featuring the music of Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, and Joan Tower was released on Orange Mountain Music to much critical acclaim. The American Record Guide wrote, "Another fine release from the amazing pianist Paul Barnes...with a pianist like this, new American music is in good hands." Barnes also commissioned a new piano concerto Ancient Keys written by Victoria Bond based on a Greek Orthodox chant. The world-premiere recording of this concerto as well as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was released on Albany Records. Barnes also commissioned Victoria Bond to write a new piano work based on a Greek Orthodox crucifixion hymn. Simeron Kremate (Today is Suspended) was co-commissioned by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the SDG Music Foundation in Chicago. The world premiere of Bond’s new work was given at Kimball Recital Hall on March 3, 2019 with the Chicago premiere on March 10 at the beautiful Nichols Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago. Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. He teaches during the summer at the Vienna International Piano Academy and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. In great demand as a pedagogue and clinician, Barnes has served as convention artist at several state MTNA conventions, most recently at Virginia in October of 2018, and was recently named ‘Teacher of the Year” by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association.

    Barnes latest recital A Bright Sadness: Piano music inspired by Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Native American chant features a contemplative and cathartic program of piano works inspired by the mystical world of chant. Barnes, also a Greek Orthodox chanter, has collaborated most recently with Philip Glass and Victoria Bond to create piano works based on ancient byzantine and Jewish chant. Barnes has also been a passionate champion of the works of Liszt and performs Liszt’s late masterpiece, Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross exploring the painful but ultimately hopeful journey of Christ to the cross. The overall theme of “bright sadness” permeates the program as the tremendous depth and intensity of ancient chant is seen through the bright prism of hope and love. New chant-based works by Native flutist Ron Warren, David von Kampen, and Matthew Arndt are given their premiere performances. Barnes’ recordings are available on Spotify, Pandora, ITunes, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon.

  • Donna Gunn
    Guest Instructor
    Donna Gunn
    Guest Instructor
    Biography:

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, Donna is a never-ending seeker who delights in playing to her audience; whether at a conference or workshop on the coasts, an outreach performance in a small community, an all-school residency performance, or while teaching in her private studio. In 2018, Donna premiered the solo piano score of composer John Muccino’s The Great Train Robbery during a screening of the historic silent movie during a Great Plains Arts Museum’s First Friday event. Donna’s ongoing passion to dig deep culminated in her book, Discoveries from the Fortepiano, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Research for the book was supported by MTNA, NMTA, and The Piano Technicians Guild. Donna has presented workshops related to this scholarship for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the MTNA National Conference, and continues to lead workshops and seminars throughout the United States. Donna resides in Lincoln, NE where she enjoys working her private studio students.

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    Jessica Osborne
    Featured Artist
    Jessica Osborne
    Featured Artist
    Biography:

    Jessica Xylina Osborne, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been playing the piano since she was four years old. She comes from a musical family: her mother, an accomplished pianist herself, was Jessica’s first teacher. Her mother’s father was a self-taught bluegrass guitarist, and his father played the piano as background music for silent movies.

    Jessica has enjoyed an illustrious and diverse career in music.She pursues ambitious projects that reflect creativity in programming with the goal of bringing attention to infrequently performed works. She enjoys presenting programs that pair well-known audience favorites with music being written today, in addition to programming works written by composers who have been historically overlooked within the classical music canon.

    Jessica has regularly performed with some of the classical music world’s biggest stars, including Hilary Hahn, Ani Kavafian, and Timothy Eddy, among many others. In addition to performing at some of the world’s top concert halls-including Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center-she has gotten to perform at many of the world’s most unique and interesting venues: some of her favorites include the Walton Gardens in Ischia, Italy; the Louvre Museum in Paris; and the Folly Theater in Kansas City.

    Jessica is an experienced and enthusiastic pedagogue. She has been teaching piano for over 20 years, privately as well as within an academic setting. She regularly offers guest masterclasses and recitals at colleges and universities nationwide. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the Sam Houston State University School of Music during the 2019-2020 school year. She is currently building her studio both in person in Houston, Texas, as well as internationally online. She is accepting students of all levels.

    Jessica received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; her Master of Music degree from Rice University; and her Doctorateof Musical Arts from Yale University. Her teachers and mentors include her mother Patricia Osborne, Dr. Marjorie Lee, Seymour Lipkin, Emile Naoumoff, Jon Kimura Parker, and Claude Frank.

    In her spare time, Jessica loves reading, yoga, playing with her two veryenergetic cats, and learning foreign languages.

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    Tom Larson
    UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPOSITION, EMERGING MEDIA AND DIGITAL ARTS AREA OF FOCUS: COMPOSITION, EMERGING MEDIA ARTS, JAZZ STUDIES
    Tom Larson
    UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPOSITION, EMERGING MEDIA AND DIGITAL ARTS AREA OF FOCUS: COMPOSITION, EMERGING MEDIA ARTS, JAZZ STUDIES
    Biography:

    Tom Larson is Assistant Professor of Composition (Emerging Media and Digital Arts) at the Glenn Korff School of Music. At the GKSoM, Tom has taught courses in Film Scoring, Digital Audio Recording and Production, Jazz History, Rock History, and Jazz Piano. His current course work includes teaching Film Scoring and Creative Sound Design, Digital Audio Recording/Production, and private Composition lessons. He also is a member of the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble, for which he serves as Music Director and Composer in Residence.

    Prior to becoming a faculty member at UNL, Tom was the co-owner of Studio Q Recording in Lincoln, where he produced music for TV and radio advertising, industrial videos, and documentary films. Among his credits are the scores for three documentaries for the PBS American Experience series (a production of WGBH-TV, Boston): In the White Man's ImageAround the World in 72 Days, and Monkey Trial (which won a 2002 Peabody Award). He also scored the documentaries Willa Cather: The Road is All for WNET-TV (New York), Ashes from the Dust for the PBS series NOVA, and the PBS specials Standing Bear's FootprintMost Honorable Son, and In Search of the Oregon Trail. Tom has written extensively for the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and the University of Illinois Asian Studies Department. His music has also been used on the CBS-TV series The District. His commercial credits include music written for Phoenix-based Music Oasis, LA-based Music Animals, Chicago-based Pfeifer Music Partners and General Learning Communications, and advertising agencies in Lincoln and Omaha.

    As a recording engineer, Tom has worked on numerous projects as tracking, mixing, and/or mastering engineer for artists such as Paul Barnes, Jackie Allen, Hans Sturm, François Rabbath, Diane Barger, Hannah Huston, Jandy Shin, The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, The Concordia String Trio, Brad Colerick, and others.

    Tom is also the author of three textbooks, The History and Tradition of Jazz (6th ed.), Modern Sounds: The Artistry of Contemporary Jazz (2nd ed.), and The History of Rock and Roll (6th ed.), all of which are published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing (Dubuque, IA). He has released two albums of original jazz compositions, Flashback (2003), and Focus (2019). He has studied jazz piano with Dean Earle, Fred Hersch, Bruce Barth, and Kenny Werner, jazz arranging with Herb Pomeroy, and music composition with Robert Beadell and Randall Snyder. In addition to performing with jazz ensembles throughout the Midwest and East Coast, he has performed with The Tokyo Brass Art Orchestra, Paul Shaffer, Victor Lewis, Dave Stryker, John Ellis, Jerry Bergonzi, Chris Potter, Alex Riel, Howard Levy, Jackie Allen, Bobby Shew, Claude Williams, Bo Diddley, the Omaha Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, and Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra.

    A Lincoln native, Tom received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also an avid runner and completed the Boston Marathon in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

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    Greg Simon
    UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPOSITION, AREA HEAD FOR COMPOSITION AREA OF FOCUS: COMPOSITION, JAZZ STUDIES
    Greg Simon
    UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPOSITION, AREA HEAD FOR COMPOSITION AREA OF FOCUS: COMPOSITION, JAZZ STUDIES
    Biography:

    D.M.A. University of Michigan, 2015
    M.M. University of Colorado Boulder, 2010
    B.A. University of Puget Sound, 2007

     

    Greg Simon is Assistant Professor of Composition (Concert/Jazz/Commercial) in the Glenn Korff School of Music. He oversees the Flyover New Music Series and is the director of the UNL Jazz Orchestra, as well as teaching courses in composition, orchestration, jazz arranging/improvisation, and special topics in musicology. During the summer, Dr. Simon serves on the composition artist-faculty at the Brevard Music Center.

    Dr. Simon’s works have been performed by ensembles and performers around the country, including Alarm Will Sound, the Fifth House Ensemble, the Playground Ensemble of Denver, and the California All-State Symphonic Band. He has presented work at conferences for the American Band College, the College Band Directors’ National Association, the World Saxophone Congress, and the North American Saxophone Alliance, as well as being featured in radio and digital broadcasts from Pendulum New Music and WFMT. Dr. Simon won second prize in the Moscow Conservatory's 2020 New Classics Competition, and first prize in the National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA) 37th Annual Young Composer's Competition; other awards and honors include the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition from the University of Michigan, the POLYPHONOS national commission from the Esoterics, and first prize in the TorQ Percussion Quartet’s first annual Composition Competition, with further recognition from Phantom Brass, the Pacific Chorale, and CBDNA, among others. Dr. Simon was the recipient of the 2018 Nebraska Music Teachers' Association Commission and the 2015 Young Composer-in-Residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. His music is published by Hal Leonard; and recordings are available from the Blue Griffin, Equilibrium, Open G, Fifth House, SMS Classical, and Terpsichore labels, as well as in the Naxos of America catalogue.

    As a jazz trumpeter, Dr. Simon studied with Bill Lucas, Ellen Rowe, and Brad Goode. He’s performed with the Marcus Lewis Big Band, the Shawn Bell Quartet, the Rhythm Society Orchestra, the Jodi-Renee Band, and many others, at venues ranging from The Jewell jazz club in Omaha to Brooklyn's Shapeshifter Lab; and played in the bands of The Temptations, Hannah Huston, and Andrew Dost of fun. As part of his ongoing efforts to bridge the classical and jazz worlds, he’s premiered and presented works for improvising musicians by a variety of composers, including Stephen Rush, Hunter Ewen, Michael Theodore, and himself. Currently, Dr. Simon plays trumpet/flugelhorn alongside his colleagues in the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and is an active freelancer in the Lincoln and Omaha jazz communities. He also stays busy as a jazz pedagogue, having worked with the Detroit Symphony Civic Jazz Orchestra and given clinics at the Westside Jazz Festival and the University of Michigan Jazz Festival. Currently, he is working on a series of compositions for mixed jazz/concert ensemble with electronics.

    Prior to his appointment at UNL, Dr. Simon taught at Concordia University Ann Arbor, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado. 

    More information is available at www.gregsimonmusic.com.

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    Mark Clinton
    UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC HIXSON-LIED PROFESSOR OF PIANO, AREA HEAD FOR KEYBOARD AREA OF FOCUS: KEYBOARD
    Mark Clinton
    UNL GLENN KORFF SCHOOL OF MUSIC HIXSON-LIED PROFESSOR OF PIANO, AREA HEAD FOR KEYBOARD AREA OF FOCUS: KEYBOARD
    Biography:

    B.M. 1984, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
    M.M. 1986, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
    D.M.A. 1989, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

     

    Since entering the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory at age eight under the tutelage of Julian Martin, Mark Clinton has worked extensively with some of the world's foremost pianists, among them Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Carlo Zecchi, and Tatiana Nikolayeva. This critically acclaimed pianist has garnered prizes at such prestigious international competitions as the 1987 William Kapell International Piano Competition and the 1991 Joanna Hodges Piano Competition. He has been featured frequently on national radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio's Performance Today and Monitor Radio. Critics have noted his “powerful performance [combined with] sublime lyricism” (Salisbury Daily Times), the “…drive and security of his pianism” (Baltimore Sun), and his “luminous, concentrated playing” (Washington Post). He has appeared throughout the United States as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the United States Air Force Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Lincoln Symphony, and the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony.

    For a number of years, Clinton joined with pianist Nicole Narboni to form the highly successful Clinton/Narboni Duo. They received prizes at several major international competitions, including the 1994 ProPiano New York Recital Competition, the 1995 National Federation of Music Clubs Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the 1996 Concorso Internazionale «Carlo Soliva» (four-hand division), and the Alvin Perlman Prize at the Fifth Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. Clinton and Narboni’s debut compact disc recording (Élan CD #82278), featuring previously unpublished works for two pianos by the French composer Germaine Tailleferre, received critical acclaim in broadcast and print media throughout the United States and abroad. Gramophone magazine honored the recording as an “editor’s choice” selection for the month of November 1997, while describing Clinton and Narboni as “absolutely first rate.” Their recording of works for two pianos by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinù (Élan CD #82422) was hailed by critics as “a major release” and “an indispensable album for devotees of European Modernism.”
     

    Clinton’s current concert activities reflect his commitment to a wide range of performing experiences.  Highlights of his recent calendar include enthusiastically received recitals at the American Cathedral in Paris, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, and the historic rotunda of Steinway Hall in New York City.  Other noteworthy performances have included an appearance as guest soloist in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, an international tour with the Montecristo Ensemble (together with violinist Mihai Craioveanu, violist Lisa Nelson, and cellist Nina Gordon), a performance of the Dvorak Piano Quintet in A major with the Chiara Quartet, a Midwest tour with the Amicitia Duo, and a concert of chamber music with strings at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts in Holland, Michigan.

     

    Mark Clinton has shared his musical insights with gifted students from around the world while serving on the faculties of Salisbury University, the Aspen Institute, Missouri Southern State University, the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria.  He also frequently serves as an adjudicator for important national and international competitions.  Clinton is currently Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano and Head of the Keyboard Area at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Mark Clinton is a Steinway artist.

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