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“A pianist of substance.” – Times-Argus
Originally from El Paso, Texas, pianist Matthew Manwarren has established a notable career as performer and artist teacher. Since 2006, he has served as Professor of Piano at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. In 2018-2019, he was appointed Visiting Artist Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina. He has also served on the piano faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and at Erskine College, where he held the Harriet Pressly Smith Caldwell Professorship in Music. Since 1998, Manwarren has served on the faculty at the Adamant Music School during the summers, a prestigious program for advanced-level pianists from all over the world.
Past 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), the Ivories on the Border series in El Paso, Belmont Camerata series in Nashville, three recitals on the Cathedral Arts Series in Burlington, VT, and guest recitals at Wheaton College, Angelo State University (TX), Texas Tech University, Carson-Newman College (TN), Tulane University (LA), Meredith College (NC), and Mars Hill College (NC). A collaborative artist as well, Manwarren performs art song recitals regularly with tenor Jeffrey Price and chamber music concerts with members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He also performs duo piano concerts with Winthrop faculty colleague Janice Bradner. His latest CD, entitled Youthful Passion and Fantasy, was released in 2015 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.
In 2006, Matthew Manwarren was awarded a Fulbright 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 frequently serves as adjudicator at local, state, and national competitions, including the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition, the Daniel Piano Competition, and the Clavierfest Competition. In 2016, he served as an adjudicator at the Sixth Performer's Festival and Chamber Music Competition sponsored by the Singapore Music Teachers’ Association held at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Manwarren frequently gives masterclasses and workshops for piano teacher organizations. Recent presentations include the Tulane University Piano Festival, the Illinois State Music Teachers Association West-Northwest Chapters, Singapore Music Teachers Association, the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, the Rock Hill Piano Teachers Forum, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association, the Greenville Music Teachers Association, and the Greenfield Piano Associates in Burlington, Vermont.
Manwarren began his piano studies in El Paso with Mary Lou Hindman Wade and later continued his study with Claude Herdon, a pupil of Tobias Matthay. He earned his undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) from Texas Tech University as a student of William Westney. While there he received the prestigious Eva Browning Piano Scholarship and was winner of the university concerto competition. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying piano with Frank Weinstock and Elisabeth Pridonoff and organ with David Mulbury. In 1996, Manwarren was awarded a Teacher Enrichment Grant from the Music Teachers National Association for the purpose of studying at the French Piano Institute in Paris, where he had the opportunity to coach with Dominique Merlet, Pascal Devoyon, and Noel Lee. He studied with Virginia Hutchings of Atlanta, Walter Hautzig of New York City and formerly of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and John O’Conor of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has also worked with Sheila Paige, coordinator of the Piano Wellness Seminar, where he has had the opportunity to study pianistic technique, ease, and movement at the piano that prevents injury for the pianist. He has coached art song and collaborative performance with vocal coach and pianist Arlene Shrut.
Matthew Manwarren has served two terms as president of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association. He is nationally certified as a teacher of music through Music Teachers National Association. He was recently honored as the 2018 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.