Professor Emeritus of Piano
David Watkins is a concert pianist, teacher and the former director of keyboard studies at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Watkins made his solo recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1986. Mr. Watkins is an international Steinway Artist. His students have received recognition on state, national and international levels. Mr. Watkins has released two commercial recordings on the ACA Digital label. He has also served on the summer artist faculty of the Eastern Music Festival.
He was a winner of the prestigious Atlanta Music Club Scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance. He has studied and coached with many renowned artists. Mr. Watkins is certified as a master teacher by the Music Teachers National Association. He was President of the American Matthay Association 1994-1998, and was president of Georgia Music Teachers Association from 1994-1996. In addition to his duties at KSU, Mr. Watkins continues to perform and lecture.
Mr. Watkins is active as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative performer with an unusually varied repertoire at his command. He has performed on the national convention programs of the Music Teachers National Association (Little Rock, Nashville, Salt Lake City), the American Matthay Association (Dayton Art Institute, San Jose State University, Penn State University), and the College Music Society (St. Louis, Toronto). He presented a lecture recital on the Petrarch Sonnets by Liszt at the 1998 National MTNA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. In January 2005, he appeared in a lecture-recital on Mozart at the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He has performed with the Atlanta Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble in and around his home base of Atlanta and has made appearances with them in such prestigious places as the University of Mexico and the North American Cultural Institute in Mexico City. He has appeared as concerto soloist with many regional orchestras, including the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony and DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States, from California to Massachusetts, under the auspices of many colleges, universities and community concert series.. He also performed regularly with ‘cellist Roger Drinkall; the duo toured throughout the Midwest and South under the auspices of Allied Concert Services. Mr. Watkins has accompanied Metropolitan Opera sopranos Irene Jordan, Linda Zoghby and Patricia Craig in recital.
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