ROCK HILL, S.C. - New Winthrop University music faculty member Matthew Manwarren will perform in his first faculty recital on Oct. 24 in Barnes Recital Hall on the Winthrop campus. The 8 p.m. recital is free and open to the public.
Manwarren started this fall as a full-time associate professor of piano at Winthrop, but he is not new to the university. Since 1997, he has attended the Walter Hautzig Master Class each summer here and has coached with Hautzig on many occasions. Three years ago, he taught part-time one semester as a sabbatical replacement for Eugene Barban, whose position he has assumed following Barban’s retirement.
For 13 years, Manwarren served on the faculty of Erskine College, where, in addition to serving as piano professor, he chaired the Department of Music. Most recently, though, Manwarren comes to Rock Hill after serving on the faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
This past summer, he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars for the purpose of serving as artist-in-residence at the University of Cape Town South African College of Music. During the summers, Manwarren teaches on the faculty of the Adamant Music School, a prestigious summer program in Vermont for gifted pianists from all over the world.
Originally from Texas, Manwarren received a bachelor of music degree from Texas Tech University, where he received the prestigious Eva Browning Piano Scholarship. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also studied at the French Piano Institute in Paris, France.
His program will include the "Adagio" by Alessandro Marcello (transcribed by J.S. Bach), Mozart’s "Sonata in C Major, K. 330," "Six Preludes of Shostakovich, Op. 34," Chopin’s "Ballade in F Minor," as well as Brahms’ "Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5."
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 803/323-2255.