Here is the second half to conclude our 2024 inaugural episode feat. Dr. Michael Coonrod, a distinguished Classical Pianist, Recording Artist, Educator, and Arranger specializing in music for the Left Hand Alone 🎶

We delve into Dr. Coonrod’s compelling journey in the world of concerts and recordings. Explore with us as he shares his experiences overcoming life’s obstacles, specifically addressing the challenges and moments of silver lining that emerged after losing his right ring finger nine years ago. Additionally, gain insights into Dr. Coonrod’s reflections on the evolution of music education throughout his teaching career, highlighting the most significant changes he has observed over the years.

  • 🎧 Part 1 of this interview is now available on your favorite podcast platform!
  • You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel!

🎼 Meet Dr. Coonrod: a distinguished pianist, recording artist, and a former piano faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy for 46 years has shaped countless students and presented diverse piano recitals worldwide. He performed with orchestras as a soloist, and his repertoire spans Beethoven, Mozart, Gershwin, and contemporary American composers. Coonrod, mentored by Lucien Hut and Konrad Wolff, holds degrees from the University of Montana and The Peabody Conservatory of Music. His dedication earned him recognition as a “Kentucky Colonel” in 1996. Coonrod’s discography includes an album promoting scholarships for composition students and a two-CD set featuring Franz Schubert’s solo piano music. Beyond music, Coonrod indulges in model railroads, chamber music, and accompanying church choirs, crafting a symphony of diverse interests.

  • Please get in touch with Dr. Coonrod via email to purchase his CDs.
  • 🎧 You can also listen to his recordings on Spotify.
  • 🌐 Learn more about Dr. Coonrod via his website.

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