Pianist David Watkins is an international Steinway Artist. He is Professor Emeritus of Piano and former coordinator of keyboard studies at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Watkins has released three commercial recordings on the ACA Digital label. Mr. Watkins made his solo recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1986. His students have received recognition on state, national and international levels. He also served on the summer artist faculty of the Eastern Music Festival.
Mr. Watkins holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has studied and coached with many renowned artists. Mr. Watkins is certified as a master teacher by the Music Teachers National Association. He was President of the American Matthay Association 1994-1998, and was president of Georgia Music Teachers Association from 1994-1996. Mr. Watkins continues to perform, teach, adjudicate and serve as clinician nationally.
Mr. Watkins is active as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative performer with an unusually varied repertoire at his command. He has performed on the national convention programs of the Music Teachers National Association (Little Rock, Nashville, Salt Lake City), the American Matthay Association (Dayton Art Institute, San Jose State University, Penn State University, Union University, Western Carolina University), and the College Music Society (St. Louis, Toronto). In January 2005, he appeared with violinist Dr. Edward Eanes in a lecture-recital on “Mozart’s Year in Paris” at the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He performed with the Atlanta Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble in and around his home base of Atlanta and has made appearances with them in such prestigious places as the University of Mexico and the North American Cultural Institute in Mexico City. He has appeared as concerto soloist with many regional orchestras, including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States, from California to Massachusetts, under the auspices of many colleges, universities and community concert series. He also performed regularly with ‘cellist Roger Drinkall under the auspices of Allied Concert Services in Minneapolis, and has accompanied Metropolitan Opera sopranos Irene Jordan, Linda Zoghby and Patricia Craig in recital.