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Stuart Deaver


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.

He has since won numerous awards and has performed across the United States as well as international performances in Portugal and Japan. He was invited to perform and lecture on the complete solo minimalist works by American composer John Adams at Palácio Foz in Lisbon, Portugal (2010). Dr. Deaver was invited to play a solo recital consisting of music by Mozart, José Vianna da Motta, and John Adams at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey (2011). Recordings of this performance were selected for radio broadcast and can be heard on WWFM, which serves the greater New York City area. He was also performed a solo recital in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (2012). 

Dr. Deaver also maintains an active performance schedule as a chamber musician and has collaborated with esteemed musicians around the country such as violinist Maureen O'Boyle, clarinetist Paul Garritson, cellist Diane Bucchianeri. He performed a series of recitals in 2009 with Diane Bucchianeri that featured Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. His collaboration in 2010 with Maureen O’Boyle featured a series of recitals of sonatas by Franck and Brahms concluding with a performance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2015 Deaver collaborated with clarinetist Andrew DeBoer in collaborative recitals both in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Tulsa featuring Nikola Resanovic's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Also in 2015, Deaver collaborated with harpist Faye Seeman and most recently with Maureen O'Boyle in a series of recitals featuring sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart, Debussy and Richard Strauss. The Fall 2015 collaboration with O’Boyle concluded, again, with a performance in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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.


Stuart Deaver