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Brian Preston


Office: A-87

Departmental Responsibilities:
Studio Piano
Piano Pedagogy

Eastman School of Music, Artist Diploma
Eastman School of Music, MM
Eastman School of Music, BM

In 1981 Brian Preston became the first pianist since 1968 to be awarded the Artist Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where he received his Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees under the tutelage of Cecile Genhart.  While still a student, he performed both Brahms Concerti with the Eastman Philharmonia in Rochester’s Eastman Theatre.

Brian Preston has performed solo concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada, in the Virgin Islands, and in many of Europe's leading music centers.  In 1981 he made his New York City debut at Lincoln Center with glowing reviews.  A most dedicated teacher, Preston's pre-college private students have won first prizes at all level of competition from international to local.  Mr. Preston has balanced his private teaching with collegiate piano instruction first at Allegheny College and later Nazareth College where he has been on faculty since 1991.

Brian Preston has worked with some of the 20th century’s most outstanding piano pedagogues.  As a youngster he studied with the Peabody Conservatory’s famed director and music author Otto Ortmann, as well as his daughter Dorothea.   In later high school years Preston worked with Peabody artist faculty Konrad Wolff and Walter Hautzig.  For his collegiate work it was the eight years spent under the tutelage of legendary pedagogue Cecile Genhart that has molded and shaped his teaching style, philosophy and never ending search for beauty in music-making.


Along with his teaching and performing career, Brian Preston serves as the Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition in Cape Vincent, New York.  He is presently serving as New York State president of the National Federation of Music Clubs and as a committee chair for several local music organizations.

“There was a full measure of excitement in his playing, his touch and pacing were ideal.” New York Times

“Finish and thoughtfulness made his recital an especially satisfying one.” New York Times

“Extremely delicately developed feeling for sound nuances.  And what tone!” Berlin Tagespiegel

“A pianist possessing real charm, with musical instincts very intelligently put to work.” Geneva Tribune


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