George Warren is a pianist from Long Island, New York. He’s a graduate of the Eastman Schoolof Music (BM ‘2017), where he studied piano performance under the direction of Rebecca Penneys. Hecurrently lives in Fenway, working as a collaborative pianist at Boston Conservatory and Berklee Collegeof Music.
George began taking lessons at age 4 with Marilyn Andersen, a piano teacher at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. In 2005, George moved to Long Island, New York where he began piano instruction at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens. A professor by the name of Lawrence Schubert provided instruction until George’s move to Eastman.
In 2012, he won a competition run by the Piano Teachers Congress of NY and was therefore given the opportunity to perform at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, George has performed solo and collaborative repertoire throughout New York, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts. His primary genre of repertoire is that of the classical era (Baroque to late Romantic/contemporary), but also includes jazz, musical theater, showtunes, pop, etc. At Eastman, George took courses in general music education and intensive piano pedagogy, while also taking courses in Music Theory and teaching on the side. His teaching technique varies from student to student, depending on their needs, aspirations, areas of interest, age, level of abilities, etc. He believes that anyone at any age can learn to play the piano as long as they’re willing to put in the time, energy and level of passion for the instrument that’s required.
Birthday: November 5th
Schools Attended: Eastman School of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music
Instruments You Teach: Piano
Age you Started Lessons: 4
Performance Experience: Solo lecture recitals throughout East Coast, various chamber ensembles in NY, Concerto with Northern Neck Orchestra in VA, musical theater performances in Boston, Solo recitals in
NY, competition finalist performances at various halls including Carnegie Hall (solo).
Favorite Music to Listen to: Anything from Bach to Aerosmith. If it’s classical, I’d narrow it down to french impressionist and russian Romantic. If it’s jazz, I love Chet Baker and Art Tatum. If it’s rock,
Led Zeppelin and this new band, Greta Van Fleet.
Favorite Music to Play: French Impressionist
Other Hobbies: Composition (particularly film scoring, recently), exercising, reading, drawing
Something most people don’t know about you: I’ve played the saxophone since I was 9 and I love golf
Where you were born/grew up: I was born in Williamsburg, VA but grew up in Wheaton, IL until I was 10, then I moved to Long Island, NY (Northport).
Hero(es): Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vladimir Horowitz, Daniel Barenboim, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, my professors, my parents and my girlfriend. Honorable
mentions: Julian Edelman and Howard Shore.
Practice Tips: Focus on what you want to achieve when practicing rather than how much time you should spend at the piano. Always have a goal and be patient with yourself. Practice slowly and precisely in
small sections that you put together to form bigger sections. Then, start putting together the bigger sections and eventually, you’ve got the whole piece!
Playing the piano is fun!! Like anything else, it just takes patience and determination.