Where: Akin Auditorium
Connecting with people through music inspires Lewis Warren to continue his journey of developing a career in piano performance. He began at age three, playing the piano by ear, and by seven, he had started lessons. During his teen years, he won many local and state competitions in Texas. He was honored to perform his own arrangement of the National Anthem on national television prior to a NASCAR race in 2009.
Playing concerts in so many schools he now can’t remember the number, fourteen-year-old Lewis was a piano soloist in Cliburn’s Musical Awakenings (Cliburn in the Classroom), its signature music education program. One of his most vivid memories is performing personally for Van Cliburn. Studying privately with Carol Leone, a professor at Southern Methodist University, provided Lewis with the opportunity to compete in a concerto competition at the Meadows School of Music and to perform with the Meadows Orchestra. When he was fifteen, he was invited by the Dallas Symphony to perform a concerto on their state tour. Community engagement remains important to Lewis, who presents concerts frequently in churches, retirement homes, and for other non-profit organizations.
More recent engagements include the Irving Symphony Orchestra, New York Sessions Orchestra, and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 and 2012, Lewis gave Ted Talks with piano demonstrations. Recently he again performed his own arrangement of the national anthem at NASCAR’s O’Reily 500. He also composes, arranges, plays jazz, and performs frequently in his communities. He is a junior at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studies piano with Victor Rosenbaum.