Award-winning pianist/Shorter professor performing recital
January 20 - Shorter College’s Distinguished Professor of Piano William Knight will perform a recital at 3 p.m. on Jan. 25, just one day after celebrating his 80th birthday.
The recital will be held at Shorter College’s Brookes Chapel and will feature works from Franz Joseph Hayden, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and Robert Schuman. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Knight completed his undergraduate work at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he was awarded the Hurlbutt Prize for outstanding performing ability. His graduate studies continued at Louisiana State University where he completed requirements for the Master of Music degree in less than one year. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1964.
During Mr. Knight’s 42 years at Shorter, his students were awarded prizes at state, national and international piano competitions. In addition to yearly piano recitals held at Shorter, Knight also performs for the Atlanta Music Club Salon Series and in various colleges and cities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina. His 55-year concert career included performances throughout the United States and Central America.
Mr. Knight and his wife, Mary Ann Knight, professor of music at Shorter who is in her 44th year on the college’s faculty, were honored with the creation of the William and Mary Ann Knight Performers’ Scholarship Competition, which funds two scholarships for music students at the college.