The OSU Music Department Faculty Recital Series will feature pianist Heather Lanners performing works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Fauré on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. She will be assisted by her eldest son, Benjamin Lanners, a senior from Stillwater High School, who will play the cello. The recital is free and open to the public.
An assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at OSU, Lanners has also served on the faculty of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and as a featured artist at the Amadeus Piano Festival in Tulsa and the Dublin International Piano Festival in Ireland. Her students have achieved success in numerous competitions; most recently winning top prizes in the Tulsa Crescendo Music Awards, the Meinders Piano Competition and the MTNA Piano Competitions at the State and Division levels. Lanners has worked as the opera coach at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Akron.
Her professional engagements have included performing regularly as the pianist for the Cleveland Opera on Tour, the Meadowmount School of Music String Camp, and the Holland Summer Music Sessions. Lanners has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as both a solo pianist and chamber musician. She has performed in public master classes for such artists as Natalia Antonova, Jean Barr, Robert Silverman, Anner Bijlsma and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
Lanners frequently serves as an adjudicator and as a master class clinician. She has been published in the American Music Teacher journal, and is active as a guest lecturer, having presented lectures at the Eastman School of Music Summer Piano Festival, and the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association 2014 State Conferences. She has served as the chair for the OMTA and the MTNA State Piano Competitions since 2007.
Lanners received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, as a student of John Paul Bracey. Lanners then continued her studies in Paris with French pianist, Cécile Ousset. While in Paris, she also earned the Diplôme Supérieur en Musique de Chambre at the École Normale de Musique. She completed her master’s degree in performance and literature with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music.
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