Concert Pianist and Steinway Artist, Dr. William B. Carr
, is Professor of Music at Immaculata University and President of Informance Associates.
After receiving degrees in piano performance from Temple University, he received a graduate scholarship in the Professional Studies Program in piano performance at the Juilliard School. Here, he studied with the world renowned pedagogue, Adele Marcus. “I can think of no one more important to my musical development than Adele Marcus. During my 11 years of study with her, both at Juilliard and Catholic University of America, she was an inspiration, a mentor, and the most extraordinary musical figure that I would ever know. She understood each of her students individually and, in turn, inspired them to reach their potential. Her greatest gift for me was teaching me how to listen. I will be extremely grateful to Ms. Marcus for my years of study with her and for her warmth, friendship and love. Few musicians who are outstanding performers have the capacity to inspire students as did Adele Marcus. I think of her every day and strive to share her incredible gifts with my own students.”
During the 11 years he studied with Ms. Marcus, Bill Carr earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The Catholic University of America and postdoctoral performance certificates from the Munich Conservatory in Chamber Music and from the Liszt Weimar Conservatory through studies with concert pianist Paul Badura-Skoda in Germany and Austria. He has performed in Master Classes of Claudio Arrau, Joerg Demus, Leon Fleisher and Horacio Gutierrez. Mr. Carr has performed throughout the U.S. and in many European cities including solo recitals at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 1988, the main stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in 2002 and 2005, Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in 2003 and 2004, and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music in 2008.
As a concert pianist, Dr. Carr continues to perform with area orchestras including the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra. Because of his reputation as performer and teacher, he often adjudicates in piano juries and competitions.
In May of 2005, Bill Carr was honored with the esteemed title of Steinway Artist
. Acceptance into the worldwide Steinway Artist roster
indicates not only the highest levels of musical performance achievement, but also reflects the artist's dedication to and confidence in the Steinway piano as an instrument without equal for artistic expression and technical excellence in craftsmanship and performance. Stating that "Steinway & Sons is proud to have named William B. Carr, DMA to its worldwide artist roster,"
the Steinway organization also noted that such immortals as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Vladimir Horowitz, Cole Porter and Sergei Rachmaninoff have been included on this prestigious roster. Today's roster includes international stars such as Van Cliburn, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Peter Nero, Roger Williams, Randy Newman and Harry Connick, Jr. “The House of Steinway deeply values the artistry of Bill Carr and is committed to assisting him in his worldwide performance and recording activities.”