Acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt entered the University of Illinois at age 16, studying piano, violin and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas—piano, violin and conducting. Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Winner of the 1992 Naumburg International Piano Competition, he also was the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals and appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. Internationally, Pratt has toured Japan four times and performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Columbia and South Africa.
He is professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Pratt serves on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
A favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears, including master classes, children’s recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages. Pratt is also frequently invited to participate on international competition juries. For more information visit http://www.awadagin.com/.
Nancy and Randall Faber have combined their backgrounds as composer and performer to become leading supporters of piano teachers and students. The husband and wife team has authored over 300 publications, including the highly respected Piano Adventures® method which has motivated students around the world.
The Fabers advocate piano study not only for personal expression and performance success, but also as a vehicle for the student’s creative and cognitive development. Their philosophy is reflected in their writing, their public appearances, and in their own teaching. In 2018, Nancy and Randall Faber received the MTNA Frances Clark Piano Pedagogy Award for Piano Adventures.
Nancy Faber was named “Distinguished Composer of the Year” by the Music Teachers National Association for her award-winning composition Tennessee Suite for Piano and String Quartet. Her flute quartet Voices from Between Worlds was the winning composition for the National Flute Association’s Professional Chamber Music Competition. She was commissioned by The Music Teachers National Association for its Year of Collaborative Music. Ms. Faber’s music has been heard on network television, public radio, and in piano recitals of teachers around the world. She studied composition with Joan Tower, William Albright, Charles Ruggiero and British composer Nicholas Maw. Piano studies were at the Eastman School and Michigan State University where she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.
As pianist and educator, Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been convention artist for the Music Teachers National Association Conference and master teacher for the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the USA National Piano Teachers Institute.
A Steinway Artist, Faber has given recitals throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. He has appeared on international television and on public radio in live recital broadcast.
Randall Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. His research on motivation and talent development has been featured in journals and media in South Korea, China, Australia and at the 9th International Conference on Motivation in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information visit https://pianoadventures.com/about/.