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Karen Walwyn

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Classical Concert Pianist, Karen Walwyn, successfully made her New York recital debut at Merkin Hall, in New York City which was quickly followed by her debut performance on National Public Radio (NPR). Her most noted performances included works from her compact discs entitled Dark Fires: 20th Century Music for Piano, Vol. I and Dark Fires: Walwyn and Friends, Vol. II (Albany Records). Articles and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Fanfare, American Record Guide, Records International Catalogue, and the Detroit Free Press in response to the recording and as a result she has become in high demand across the United States and in Europe.

"Walwyn was fearless throughout, managing every challenge with precise fingers and heroic command of textures" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), of her performance for the Musart Series at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Other such halls and institutions where Walwyn has given master classes and performances of her repertoire of African American 20th Century and European 19th Century Works, have been at the L'Auditorio, and The Palau, Barcelona Spain, The Casino Hall in Tenerife, Canary Islands, The Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria, the University of Michigan, the University of Indiana, the University of Miami, Clark Atlanta University, and the University of Hawaii.

The pianism of Karen Walwyn lends to her artistic abilities as a communicator. The American Record Guide says "Walwyn is a confident and impressive pianist..." (Vol. I). According to the Washington Post, "Karen Walwyn shows considerable range...she is virtuosic, meditative, energetic...and vividly evocative..." (Vol. I).

Dr. Walwyn has served on the faculties of the School of Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri. She has also served on the following faculties in Spain: the Badalona Conservatory, Barcelona; the Conservatorio Privada de Música in Tenerife, Canary Islands; the Centre d'Educacio Musical, Terrassa; and at the American Academy, Barcelona.

Dr. Walwyn joined the faculty of Howard University in 2004. She continues to work on various projects including her new collection of Music for Children produced by Kadoro Klassics. The first set of the Classical Composers Educational Series entitled Creative Afternoons: A Teacher/Parent Learning Activity Workbook on the Lives and Music of Early Baroque Composers, Volume I, is accompanied by the Creative Afternoons CD of music by composers from the Baroque and Classical periods. She has created the series, authored the workbook, and recorded the CD (http://www.kadoroklassics.com). She also is working on a collection of works to be recorded for piano by Composer Adolphus Hailstork entitled Walwyn Plays Hailstork (Albany Records).

 

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