JwuPianoIn Memory of Artist in Residence, Mr. Robert MacDonald of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL. (1930-2013). My former undergraduate collegiate piano professor, I was one his last former piano students. He played this work at a Benefit Concert in honor of a student who, at the time, needed money for surgery. Also performing backstage, he saw that I was performing 'Memory' from Cats, so he decided to change his plans, and wrote just the chord progressions on a simple note card and came up with this stunning performance. He played all over the world previously to his appointment at Florida Southern, also at Carnegie Hall, studied in Austria, and remained close friends with actor Andy Griffith during college at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. One of his last piano students, class of 2007 alumnus, I hope you enjoy his performance. I will never forget his legacy to the Lakeland community, to the Festival of Fine Arts, and his inspiration as a piano professor, musician and friendly person to all he met. "Toi, toi, toi...!"
A short bio, as posted from a member of the Lakeland community: Pianist ROBERT MACDONALD (b. March 10, 1930 - d. September 7, 2013) was Artist-In-Residence and Director of Piano Studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, where he taught piano majors and presented master classes for 47 years. He retired in 2011. As recipient of Florida Southern's Distinguished Academic Chair in Music, he has been cited by the Florida Legislature for his "outstanding contributions to the fine arts in Florida". He holds American music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Indiana University; and after service in the U.S. Air Force he studied on the G.I. Bill at the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance. (It was in Vienna that he met his Austrian-born actress wife Ingrid, with whom he has toured both nationally and internationally in programs of drama and music.) In the spring of 2007, the college awarded him the degree Doctor of Music, hornoris causa.
After critically praised European solo debuts and highly successful New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, the pianist began concert tours throughout the United States with one such tour bringing him to the college in Lakeland. During his earlier tours for the U.S. State Department in Europe, he had gained international experience as both recitalist and lecture/recital in six European countries. He has presented concerts in five Midwestern states, programs aboard the Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth II, and has appeared on national network television and radio in Belgium, Germany and Austria. His European activities have also included guest professorships at Vienna's Academy of Music, Harlaxton College in England, and the University of Freiburg, as well as a study-performance tour of Poland entitled "In Search of Chopin".Celý popis online videa