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John McArthur, pianist
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Dr. John McArthur, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, began his studies in piano at age eight in the United States. His early studies were with the late Belgian pianist, Suzanne Shader, a student of Dr. Clarence Adler and Eduard van Remoortel, followed by studies with Ernest Ulmer, Joseph Villa, Dalmo Carra and Earl Wild while attending New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. It was during his tenure at the Manhattan School of Music as Teaching Fellow that he earned his doctorate in performance under the instruction of the eminent American Virtuoso, Earl Wild.

John McArthur was invited by the State Department of the United States to serve as the Cultural Ambassador of the United States to Indonesia . During his position as Ambassador to Indonesia, Dr. McArthur accepted an invitation from the Vice Chancellor for Education of Sichuan Province, to perform at the Sichuan College of Education in the People's Republic of China in June, 1995.

His highly communicative playing, engaging programs and appeal with audiences have led him to be the pianist of choice in Inaugural Recitals for new Baldwin concert grand pianos at the Cultural Arts Center Performing Arts Series, New York, and the Morris L. Brown Performing Art Series, Georgia, also leading to his inclusion in the 1989 and 1991 publication of American Keyboard Artists. McArthur has also appeared as guest artist at the Command Performance Series, Stony Brook, New York; the Brambltye Estate Performing Arts Series, New York; Teatro Bellas Artes, Venezuela, Carnegie Recital Hall and Carnegie Hall. His many orchestral appearances with leading symphonies throughout Europe, South America and Asia were always received with great enthusiasm.

In Venezuela in 1987, Dr. McArthur performed the world-premiere of four transcriptions based on songs of Serge Rachmaninov written for him by American pianist/composer, John Tibbatts, and has the distinction of also premiering in New York, a multi-media performance of French composer, Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, with original oil canvases by American artist, James Jones, along with reading of the poems by French author, Aloysius Bertrand, which served as the inspiration for Ravel's music His innovative programs have included the works of Rachmaninov, Godowsky as well as the transcription repertoire of Liszt.

"Hidden", John McArthur's latest CD recording, was released in January of 2000.

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