Celebrated pianist, scholar, and teacher Dr. Matthew Manwarren joins the Town of Kiawah from Winthrop University, where he has served as Professor of Piano since 2006. He will perform selections from the likes of Schubert, Schumann, and Debussy.
Manwarren previously educated students at Belmont University, in the South’s music capital Nashville, TN, Erskine College, University of South Carolina and Adamant Music School, a prestigious advanced-level piano summer program. His performances include recitals at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Charlotte, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Sundays at the Loft series in New York (Behre Piano Associates), as well as the Ivories on the Border series in El Paso.
His most recent CD, entitled Youthful Passion and Fantasy, was released on the Americus Label and features Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 and Brahms’ monumental Piano Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5. Manwarren has commissioned and recorded the piano works by Winthrop faculty member Leonard Mark Lewis, including Lewis’ three Etudes for Piano, Tango, and Four Piano Pieces after Brahms.
Manwarren’s achievements within music and academia include earning a Fullbright Teaching Grant through the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, where he had the opportunity of serving as Fulbright artist-in-residence at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University and received the coveted Eva Browning Piano Scholarship before earning master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.