Award-winning pianist Dr. Stuart Deaver will perform a free concert on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at the Ataloa Theatre of East Central University’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
Deaver, who currently serves as a professor of piano at the University of Tulsa, has won numerous awards and has performed across the United States as well as internationally in Portugal and Japan.
He was invited to perform and lecture on the complete solo minimalist works by American composer John Adams and Palacio Foz in Lisbon, Portugal in 2010. He returned to Portugal in 2012 for a solo recital at Teatro Eduardo Brazao (Vila Nova de Gaia) in the northern region.
Deaver was also invited to play a solo recital of works by Mozart, Jose Vianna da Motta and John Adams at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., in 2011. Recordings of this performance were selected for radio broadcast and can be heard on classical radio station WWFM, which serves the greater New York City area.
He began playing the piano at age 11 and by the age of 16 was the first-place winner of the Tulsa Philharmonic’s Young Artist Competition which led to his orchestral debut performances at Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Bernard Rubinstein.
Deaver maintains an active performance schedule as a chamber musician and has collaborated with esteemed musicians around the country such as violinist Maureen O’Boyle, clarinetist Paul Garritson, cellist Diane Bucchianari and baritone Brady McElligott.
He performed a series of recitals in 2009 with Bucchianari that featured Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. His collaboration in 2010 with O’Boyle featured a series of recitals of sonatas by Franck and Brahms. The tour included a performance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.