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Short Bio:

John Mortensen is a pianist, improviser, educator, and author.  Appearing frequently as concert artist and masterclass teacher at colleges and universities internationally, he is noted for his ability to improvise complete Baroque compositions such as preludes and fugues.

He is a Steinway Artist and an Ohio Artist on Tour.  In 2015 he was selected for the Fulbright Specialists’ Roster in American Music by the US Department of State.

In 2018 he will tour Europe for three months, performing and teaching improvised music at leading national conservatories across the continent.

He serves as professor of piano at Cedarville University in Ohio. In 2016 he was named Faculty Scholar of the Year, that institution’s highest award.

Visit his website at www.johnmortensen.com

Medium Bio:

John Mortensen is a pianist, improviser, educator, and author.  Appearing frequently as concert artist and masterclass teacher at colleges and universities internationally, he is noted for his ability to improvise complete Baroque compositions such as preludes and fugues.

He is committed to educating young musicians for the 21st century and places special emphasis on developing courses that bring improvisation back to the standard college music curriculum.

In 2018 he will tour Europe for three months, performing and teaching improvised music at leading national conservatories across the continent.

Mortensen studied with Lynne Bartholomew at the University of Michigan and Anne Koscielny and Raymond Hanson at the University of Maryland, receiving his doctorate in piano performance from the latter.  He holds National Certification in Piano through the Music Teacher’s National Association, and is endorsed as an Ohio Artist on Tour through the Ohio Arts Council. The Fulbright Specialist program of the US Department of State sponsors him to perform and teach at universities internationally.

A Steinway Artist, he now serves as professor of piano at Cedarville University in Ohio. In 2016 he was named Faculty Scholar of the Year, that institution’s highest award.

Visit his website at www.johnmortensen.com

Long Bio:

John Mortensen is a pianist, improviser, educator, and author.  Appearing frequently as concert artist and masterclass teacher at colleges and universities internationally, he is noted for his ability to improvise complete Baroque compositions such as preludes and fugues.

His students learn a natural and coordinated approach to piano technique which prevents injury and allows for unprecedented freedom and facility at the keyboard.

Mortensen is committed to educating young musicians for the 21st century and places special emphasis on developing courses that bring improvisation back to the standard college music curriculum.

In 2018 he will tour Europe for three months, performing and teaching improvised music at leading national conservatories across the continent.

After his concert in Eisk, Russian Federation, the Russian press wrote that “… for John Mortensen Russia has always been close musically. He plays with especial passion the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. ‘I don’t speak Russian, I speak Rachmaninoff,’ was heard from the mouth of the pianist during the concert. And truly, during the performance of the work of the great Russian composer, in the hall peoples of different nationalities disappeared — it seemed from the stage sang and wept the Russian soul. The chords of the next Rachmaninoff prelude had not even been played, and the hall was already conquered.”

His publications appear in International Piano, Clavier, College Music Symposium, Piano Pedagogy Forum, and American Music Teacher.

Mortensen studied with Lynne Bartholomew at the University of Michigan and Anne Koscielny and Raymond Hanson at the University of Maryland, receiving his doctorate in piano performance from the latter.  He holds National Certification in Piano through the Music Teacher’s National Association, is endorsed as an Ohio Artist on Tour through the Ohio Arts Council, and was recently recognized as an Excellence in Education honoree by the Ohio Senate.  In 2015 he was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the US Department of State.  Over the next five years the Fulbright Specialist program will sponsor him to perform and teach at universities internationally.

A Steinway Artist, he now serves as professor of piano at Cedarville University. In 2016 he was named Faculty Scholar of the Year, that institution’s highest award.

Visit his website at www.johnmortensen.com

 

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