Dr. Scott Beard is a nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author and recording artist. Recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, he was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year and is a top 5 finalist for West Virginia 2009 Professor of the year. His students have won prizes in the National Symphony Young Soloists, Beethoven Society, IIYM, IYPAC, and Ithaca international competitions, in addition to state and regional MTNA competitions. He is also the teacher of the 2005 National MTNA Jr. High School Winner and the 2008 Senior Duet Winner.
Beard proved a dazzling virtuoso, coaxing a brilliant tone from the instrument in the work’s finger-busting runs, and wowing the crowd with his highly musical rubato in the solo passages.
Concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist have taken him throughout the United States and also to Canada and France. Recent recital appearances include Weill Recital Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute (NYC), the Polish Embassy, the Russian Cultural Institute and numerous universities throughout the East Coast.
His concerts have been praised for their poetry, passion and innovative programming. In May 2009, he toured the Mediterranean as part of the Yale University alumni travel association, performing concerts in France, Italy, Spain, and Croatia. This summer he will again be touring the Mediterranean with Travel Dynamics and Washington & Lee University, performing concerts in France and Italy.
Dr. Beard has published articles in several national publications and his anthologies of ensemble music for piano are published by Alfred. He is currently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shepherd University in West Virginia and Associate Artistic Director of the Opera Camerata of Washington.