Arts and Lectures Series Presents Pianist Awadagin Pratt on Tuesday October 2

September 26, 2012

On Tuesday October 2, Awadagin Pratt will perform at 7:30 pm in the Marian Anderson Music Center at Cheyney University.  Among his generation of concert artists, Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. The performance is part of the University’s Arts and Lectures Series.

Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six and the violin at the age of nine. When he was 16 years old, he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He was the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting - from Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Pratt has been widely recognized for his work in the field of classical music, including winning the Naumburg International Piano Competition, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins.

A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears. He will conduct a Master Class for students from West Chester, Lincoln and Cheyney Universities and from Westtown School on Monday afternoon.

Mr. Pratt is currently an Associate Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He records with Angel/EMI, Telarc and Navona Records, among others. He has played numerous recitals throughout the US including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit and New Jersey symphonies among many others.

In November 2009, Mr. Pratt was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and performing in concert for guests including President Obama. He has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

The program is part of the 2012-2013 Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University. It features a variety of speakers, artists, musicians, singers and dancers throughout the US and abroad. All programs are held on the Cheyney University Campus and are open to the public. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth and non-Cheyney students.Tickets are available at

Doors open 30 minutes before the event and parking is free. Tickets will not be sold at the door.  For more information, call (610)399-2365.

The Arts & Lectures Series is sponsored by a grant, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).