March 29, 2010
Written by Sherrel Jones
Myer is considered one of the best pianists of his generation. Photo courtesy of Roger Mastroianni.
The School of Music will host a spring music event with world-renowned pianist Spencer Myer.
Myer will perform a solo recital and play the works of Handel, Janacek, Beethoven, Schubert and Granados at 8 p.m. March 31. He also will teach a master class at 5 p.m. March 31, which is open to the public. Both events are at Hemmle Recital Hall.
“I am thrilled that the School of Music can bring a performer of his caliber to Lubbock for the Texas Tech community and public to enjoy,” said Liza Muse, senior specialist at the school. “And, it’s a free concert. Our music students also benefit greatly from the master class given by Mr. Myer while he is here.”
Myer is considered the finest young pianist of his generation, Muse said. He is known for his innovative programming and virtuosic command of the keyboard.
Some of Myer’s accomplishments include winning the 2008 gold medal at the New Orleans Piano Competition and capturing first prize in 2004 at the 10th University of South Africa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.
Myer completed his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and received his doctorate from Stony Brook University.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.