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Dr. Thomas Lanners

Professor, Piano

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Thomas Lanners has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist and clinician

throughout the U.S. and abroad, presenting his New York solo debut in Weill

Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004. His performances have been broadcast

nationally and internationally on programs such as American Public

Media’s Performance Today, BBC3 in London and RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday

Miscellany in Ireland, among many others. Designated the 2014 Distinguished

Music Teacher by the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and inducted

into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame in 2021, he currently serves as

Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University.


Thomas has performed, presented master classes, and given lectures on

various musical topics as a guest artist throughout the United States, in

Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia. In recent summers he has served on the

faculties of the Shanghai International Piano Festival and Institute (and will

do so again in 2023) and the Conero and AmiCaFest Piano Festivals in Italy.

Within the past five years, he’s presented master classes at Rice University,

the University of Washington, at Yonsei University in Seoul, in China at the

Sichuan, Shanghai and Zhejiang Conservatories, the Shanghai Conservatory

Middle School, and East China and Beijing Normal Universities, and in

Mexico at the Unidad Académica de Artes de la Universidad Autónoma de

Zacatecas. Thomas served as a performer, teacher and adjudicator at the Lee

University International Piano Festival and Competition in Tennessee in 2021,

having also been one of the three guest artists in 2012. He gave a master class

on the NYU Steinhardt School of Music’s Piano Artist Master Class Series in



Other institutions he has visited as a guest artist include the Eastman School

of Music, the Universities of Texas-Austin, Colorado-Boulder, Washington,

North Texas, Miami, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Western Ontario (Canada),

and Iowa; Northwestern, Syracuse, Louisiana State, Southern Methodist, and

Baylor Universities.


His latest recording, Ned Rorem: Piano Works, Volume 2, was released

worldwide by Centaur Records. The disc received great critical praise,

including this from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Thomas Lanners brings

exceptional detail and urgency to the repertoire, taking as much care with

inner voices as he does with arching statements. Grade: A.” An American

Record Guide review of Thomas’ previous CD, Ned Rorem: The Three Piano

Sonatas, read: “Anyone who cares about mainstream 20th Century piano music

should seek out this superlative recording.” Links to three tracks on the

recording were included in an October 2018 article in the New York Times on

the occasion of Rorem's 95th birthday. In a review of Lanners’ recording of

Leonard Bernstein’s solo piano works, Jed Distler wrote for

“All told, Lanners’ loving mastery easily holds its own in any company.

Warmly recommended.” His championing of American piano music was the

topic of an interview article in a 2010 issue of Fanfare.


Thomas is an active writer on musical topics, with several feature articles

having been published in American Music Teacher, most recently in 2019. His

writing has also been published in Clavier and Canadian Music Teacher, among

others. Always in demand as a clinician, he has presented many sessions at

national and international conferences, including six appearances at the Music

Teachers National Association and three at the China International Piano

Pedagogy Conference, hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory, which boasted

850,000 online attendees in 2021. Thomas has served as a juror in numerous

international piano competitions based in North America, Europe, Asia and

South America.


Lanners’ students have been accepted into graduate piano performance

degree programs at the Eastman School of Music, the Universities of

Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Southern California, Washington, Kansas,

Missouri-Kansas City, the Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, and the

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. They have had success in

numerous competitions, winning Oklahoma Music Teachers Association

Collegiate competitions (including 13 first place winners and numerous

runners-up) and state wins in the MTNA Young Artist competitions

(including a national finalist in the String Chamber Music category in 2013), 6

MTNA Senior winners, and 2 MTNA Junior winners. His students were

named Alternate (Second Place) for the South Central Division three times

since 2017.


Lanners was the 2021 recipient of the Wise-Diggs-Berry Endowed Award for

excellence in the visual, performance or written arts at OSU, and a 2022

recipient of the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award, presented each

year to one arts and humanities faculty member at the university.


Thomas received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Eastman School

as a student of Barry Snyder. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree summa

cum laude as a student of Leonidas Lipovetsky at Florida State University,

where he won the Brautlecht Award as the School’s Outstanding Rising

Senior. He also studied under John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival and

Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West.

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