Dr. Lawrence Quinnett
Dr. Lawrence Quinnett is a concert pianist recipient of first prize in the 2013 Doctoral Concerto Competition at Florida State University, the 2011 FSU Chapman Competition, the 2008 South Carolina Music Teachers’ Association Young Artist Piano Competition, and the 2006 Southeastern College Piano Competition. As an active concert pianist he performs recitals, conducts master classes, and adjudicates competitions in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Dr. Quinnett has been featured as a performing pianist and harpsichordist for Colour of Music Festival events in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. He has performed Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include recitals at the Central Florida Music Teachers' Association, the Montserrat Music Festival in the West Indies, the Music at Mains Series in Jacksonville, the Trinity Artists Series in New Orleans, and the Steinway Piano Galleries of Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. Quinnett played all-Bach recitals at Bach festivals in Louisiana and Wisconsin, and has performed a majority of the Beethoven solo piano sonatas.
A supporter of new music, Dr. Quinnett performed in the 2013 New Music Festival and 2012 John Cage Festival at FSU, participating as both performer and lecturer at the 2013 Ligeti Symposium and Festival, receiving a unique recognition of excellence.
Presently Dr. Quinnett is Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Livingstone College. With a published treatise on the etudes of Gyorgi Ligeti, Dr. Quinnett continues to research in the areas of music theory and piano performance. He has given lectures on ornamentation and student improvisation, various works of Beethoven, and the etudes of Ligeti for the North Carolina Music Teacher's Association, the Tallahassee Music Teachers Association, and other venues.
Dr. Lawrence Quinnett’s formative teachers include Carolyn Cloud-Absher, Jane Gardiner, Dr. Jon Maisonpierre, and Dr. Douglas Weeks. He was selected for master classes and coaching sessions with Jeremy Denk, Karen Shaw, Anton Kuerti, Simone
Dinnerstein, Elizabeth Pridinoff, Miles Hoffman, the Cavani String Quartet, Frederick Moyer, and Shai Wosner, among others.
Dr. Lawrence Quinnett holds the Doctor of Music (D.M.) degree from Florida State University, where he studied with Dr. Read Gainsford.