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Youthful Passion and Fantasy

Robert Schumann composed the Fantasy in C Major and Johannes Brahms composed his Sonata No. 3, both found on this album, when they were young men. Neither work is anything but extraordinary and both demand great skill of the performer, which Matthew Manwarren demonstrates with his playing.

8 Tracks — Total Time: 76:52

Pianist Matthew Manwarren plays two sublime works by Schumann and Brahms, both composed when they were young men. These works, at once beautiful and very difficult, demonstrate not only their skills as composers but also Dr. Manwarren's.

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Matthew Manwarren, pianoPianist Matthew Manwarren has established himself as a performing pianist and pedagogue throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has held college and university faculty positions since 1992 at Erskine College, Belmont University, and currently at Winthrop University. During the summers, he serves on the faculty at the Adamant Music School in Vermont, a position he has held since 1998. In 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant through the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town.

Over the years, Manwarren has performed on prominent series throughout the country, including Sundays at the Loft in New York (Behre Piano Associates), Ivories on the Border in El Paso, TX, Belmont Camerata Series in Nashville, the Callenwolde Series in Atlanta, the Cathedral Arts series in Burlington, VT, and in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, sponsored by the Adamant Music School. He frequently collaborates in chamber music performances with members of the Charlotte Symphony, and has performed as concerto soloist with regional orchestras in the southeast.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Manwarren received his training early on with Mary Lou Hindman Wade and Claude Herndon (a pupil of Tobias Matthay). He received his BM degree in Piano Performance from Texas Tech University (Summa Cum Laude) and MM and DMA degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied both piano and organ. His principal teachers included William Westney, Frank Weinstock, Elisabeth Pridonoff, and David Mulbury. Additional extensive study has been with Virginia Hutchings, Walter Hautzig, John O’Conor, and with Sheila Paige, coordinator of the Piano Wellness Seminar.

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