Department Head - Keyboard Instruments (Piano)
Jonathon Banner has been described by Fanfare Record Review (U.S.) as "a giant among keyboard artists of our time." A graduate with a First Prize from the Vienna Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, he has been heard as recitalist and orchestral soloist on five continents. Banner has recorded over thirty compact discs for the Naxos, Marco Polo, Warner Brothers, Toccata Classics. His recorded solo repertory includes music of Bach, Busoni, Balakirev, Chopin, Debussy, Godowsky, Huang, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Schumann, Stevenson, and Taneyev.
Students of Jonathon Banner have been awarded important national and international competition prizes, including first prizes at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (U.S.), Shreveport Symphony International Piano Competition (U.S.), Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (U.S.), Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and McMahan International Piano Competition (U.S.).