Artist Faculty – Piano Studies
Department: Conservatory of Music
Phone: +1 561-237-9001
Fax: +1 561-237-9002
Phillip Evans has concertized and given master classes throughout the world, including performances in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Taiwan, Indonesia and the United States. He has given special concerts in the U.S. Ambassador's residences in Yugoslavia, Greece and Turkey.
The New York Times reviewed him as follows: "Phillip Evans can be ranked among our major pianists....Deepest musical insights..in a word, masterful." He has served on the faculties of the Juilliard and the Manhattan Schools of Music, and his students have been major prize-winners in many international piano competitions, including the Tschaikovsky in Moscow, the Gina Bachauer, Leeds, the Bartok-Prokofieff-Kabalevsky and the Queen Elizabeth in Belgium. They have performed with leading orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis and St. Louis Symphonies.
Evans' special affinity for the music of Bela Bartok was acknowledged by the Pulitzer prize-winning critic Harold Schonberg in his book The Great Pianists: "Phillip Evans in Bartok, Roslyn Tureck in Bach." His series of Bartok CDs received extraordinary reviews, such as the following from George Jellinek of The New York Times: "Evans played both Sonatas with searching insight, in total triumph over their technical difficulties...he plays superbly."
He has been a music critic for several major newspapers in South Florida and is a member of the faculty at Lynn University. He has also served on the faculties New York University, Hofstra University, City University of New York, Michigan State University and the Harid Conservatory.
He earned degrees from the Juilliard School (in piano and composition) and the Cherubini Conservatory in Italy, studying with Beveridge Webster, Luigi Dallapiccola, Stepan Wolpe and performed at Master Classes with Artur Schnabel. Evans received the Gold Medal at the Vercelli International Piano Competition, was second in the Naumburg Competition and was recipient of the Loeb award as "the outstanding pianist" of his graduating class at Juilliard. He was also awarded two Fulbright grants, two Rockefeller Foundation grants and was appointed Artistic Ambassador of the United States.
B.M., Michigan State University
B.S., Juilliard School
M.S., Juilliard School
Post Graduate Diploma, Cherubini Conservatory
I believe the most important qualities in teaching include enthusiasm for the subject matter—in my case, a deep love of music. Clear presentation of the material covered and defining what is expected of the students is very necessary, as well as listening carefully to them and responding honestly to any suggestions. The use of humor to lighten the atmosphere and enhance learning has always been a distinctive and effective part of my approach.