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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Kevin Robert Orr
School of Music

T: 273-3183

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-7900

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Research Interests:

Piano Performance;  Masterclass Coaching;  Recording

Research Summary:

My solo performances have encompassed concert halls and music institutions across North America, Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, and South Korea. In the case of nearly every performance engagement, I am afforded the opportunity to further communicate my interpretive ideas in the coaching of piano masterclasses. My pursuits in studio recording span the range of solo, chamber ensemble, and large ensemble settings, in both traditional and newly composed repertoire.


DMA, Piano Performance, 2000, The Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University

MM, Piano Performance, 1996, The Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University
BM, Education/Piano Performance, 1994, The Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University

Key Professional Appointments:

Assoc. Professor (tenured), University of Florida School of Music, 2000-present

Ajunct Professor, Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, 1997-2000


Masterclass, Köln Hochschule für Musik, Germany, 2010

Lecture-Recital, Brahms’ Piano Scherzos: No Laughing Matter, College Music Society National Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2009
Solo Recital, Beyreuth Klavierfestival, Germany, 2009
Solo Recital, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, China, 2008
Lecture-Recital, Trends in Contemporary Piano Music, College Music Society National Conference, Quebec City, Canada, 2007

Selected Works:

CD Recording, Johannes Brahms Opera 1 & 2, 2010 (scheduled)

CD Recording, Johannes Brahms Opera 5 & 10, 2007
 “Improvisatory Keyboard Skills in the College Curriculum,” Piano Pedagogy Forum, Fall, 2006


CFA Scholarship Enhancement Awards (granted nearly every year I have been at UF) for travel assistance to international performing and teaching engagements listed  above

State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant for assistance in producing solo CD, 2006.


2009-11 University of Florida Research Foundation Professor

2009 Steinway Artist Roster
Broad critical acclaim (numerous reviews), in both print and electronic media worldwide, for both live concert performances and CD recordings


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