- Associate Professor of Piano
David Renner, Associate Professor of Piano at the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Cecile Genhart. He received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in addition to the Performer's Certificate and Artist Diploma in piano performance. His early studies were with Eleanor Sokoloff in Philadelphia.
Mr. Renner was awarded a Fulbright Grant for two years study with Friedrich Wührer at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany and a summer's study with Kurt Neumüller at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. From 1965 to 1971 he studied extensively with Frank Mannheimer in Duluth, Minnesota.
Before joining the piano faculty at the University of Texas in the Fall of 1974, he taught piano at Michigan State University where he recorded numerous piano solo and chamber music recital programs for the National Educational Television.
Mr. Renner is an active teacher, adjudicator, piano soloist and chamber musician with a special interest in playing piano four-hand recitals. With his colleague, Betty Mallard, he has given four-hand recitals and master classes throughout the United States including the Murray Dranoff International Symposium for Two-Piano and Four-Hand Performances in Miami, Florida. Recent Performances with Betty Mallard include Hong Kong Baptist University and Chinese University in Hong Kong and the Steinway Club in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Mr. Renner has received teaching awards from the Austin District Music Teachers Association and the Texas Music Teachers Association. Many former students hold teaching positions at Music Schools, Colleges and Universities in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Renner was also honored by the establishment of a Presidential Endowed Scholarship in Piano in his name by former University of Texas president, Lorene Rogers.