Emmett Vokes, Master Tutor of Piano, began his piano studies at the age of three. His success as a child prodigy commanded as many as 40 recitals a year by the age of 9. He has toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada, both as soloist and as a member of the Philharmonic Piano Quartet under Columbia Artists Management. Vokes has received a number of awards, including two consecutive G. Schirmer Prizes, the Olga Samaroff Award, in recognition of the best performance at the Julliard School of Music, the Frank Damrosch Award for graduating first in his class, both musically and academically, upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree, and the Morris Loeb Award, for receiving the highest rank at the Master’s level at the school.
Vokes was recognized by the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation with a grant to prepare and perform a New York debut recital. More recently, he was winner of the Artists Recording Competition, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. He has taught at Peabody College in Nashville and at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was Associate Professor and Cooridnator of the Piano Department.