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 Manwarren, Matthew   Name:  Matthew Manwarren 
Title:  Professor of Music 
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music
M.M., University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music
B.M., Piano Performance, Texas Tech University
Office:  101 Conservatory of Music  
Phone:  803/323-4639 

Originally from El Paso, Texas, pianist Matthew Manwarren has established a notable career as performer and artist teacher over the past twenty years. Currently he is Professor of Piano at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, a position he has held since 2006. 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.

Recent performances include recitals in the 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, two recitals the Cathedral Arts Series in Burlington, VT, and recitals at Angelo State University (TX), Texas Tech University, Carson-Newman College (TN), Tulane University (LA), Meredith College (NC), and Mars Hill College (NC). In 2006, Dr. Manwarren was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant through the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, where he had the opportunity of serving as 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.

Manwarren studied piano with Mary Lou Hindman Wade and Claude Herdon (a pupil of Tobias Matthay) in El Paso. 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, performing Chopin’s Concerto in E Minor with the Texas Tech University Symphony. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. Manwarren has also coached with Virginia Hutchings of Atlanta, Walter Hautzig of New York City, 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.

Dr. Manwarren has served two terms as president of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.
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