Phyllis East, Emeritus Professor of Piano at SUNY Fredonia, holds degrees from the
Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia. Further studies
followed at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Case-Western Reserve University in
Cleveland, the Marlboro Summer Music Festival in Vermont, and the Franz Schubert Institute
for singers and pianists in Vienna. A much sought-after chamber musician, Mrs. East
continues an active career with frequent concerto and recital appearances. Pianist
with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, she has performed as soloist with the
orchestra in concertos by Mozart, Ravel, Gershwin, Messiaen, Bach, Poulenc, Schumann,
and the premiere of the Ballade for Piano and Orchestra by American composer Byron
Adams. She has also performed as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Erie Philharmonic
and as harpsichordist with the International Baroque Soloists Bach and Beyond Festival.
Her recording of Schubert's Winterreisse with baritone Patrick Mason was released
by Bridge Records in the spring of 1995 and has received glowing reviews. For seven
years she served as piano instructor for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the
Arts. In 1989 SUNY Fredonia honored her as the recipient of the President's Award
for Excellence in Teaching.