Dr. Stuart Deaver began playing the piano at age 11. By the age of 16 he was the first-place winner of the Tulsa Philharmonic's Young Artist Competition, which led to his orchestral debut--performances of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Bernard Rubinstein.
Deaver is an active adjudicator through various local, regional, and national organizations and was invited to sit on the jury of the inaugural Schmidbauer International Piano Competition in Texas. He was also on the staff of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Vianna da Motta International Piano Competitions in Lisbon, Portugal.
Dr. Deaver is also involved in music theory research and has presented his work at conferences and universities around the country including the Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory at the University of Denver, the Fifteenth Music Theory Midwest (MTMW) Conference at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey (2011). At MTMW, Deaver was awarded the Arthur J. Komar Award for outstanding research and presentation of his paper Musical Equivalency of Alphabetical Order in Torke's Telephone Book. Dr. Deaver will be presenting his current research on the music of Norwegian duo, Röyksopp, for the International Musicological Society (IMS) conference in Stavanger, Norway (July, 2016).
Deaver has held teaching positions at the University of Kansas, Midwestern Music Camp (KU), and East Central University. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the University of Tulsa. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas where he studied exclusively with the renowned pianist Sequeira Costa.