- Biographical Sketch -
LESTER SHIELDS GREEN, JR.
Since childhood, Lester Green has been winning over audiences with his personality and musical touch. A native of South Carolina, his early music education was in the impromptu Gospel and Spiritual traditions of the African American Church. His first formal piano studies were at age 13 with Phil Frothingham. He later studied extensively with keyboard masters Charles Fugo, Ann Schein, Marian Hahn, and Rita Sloan. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, Green went on to attain a Master of Music Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Piano from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Lester Green has demonstrated his versatility and skill in solo, collaborative, and theatrical performances with the esteemed Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Aspen Music Festival, and Heifetz International Institute and Music Festival, with appearances in locations ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to Cortona, Italy to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Described as a “natural teacher and musician,” Green is much sought after as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He has written and arranged music for Gospel choir, and has composed for and collaborated with renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop.
Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, Green is on the faculty of the Heifetz International Music Institute, and has served on the faculties of The Peabody Institute and Morgan State University, Baltimore.
He may be reached at LesterSGreenJr@aol.com.