Mark Puckett, D.M.A.

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Dr. Mark Puckett, professor of piano and artist-in- residence, has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, and Asia. Conductors with whom he has worked include David Itkin, Shinik Hahm, Robert Cronquist, Guy Frazier Harrison and Ray Luke.

Puckett has taught at the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria.He has been the Donald J. Feagin Guest Artist at the University of Tulsa and has performed at the French Piano Institute Soiree Musicale.

He has won awards in several international piano competitions, including second prize in the 1990 New Orleans International Piano Competition.

In addition to performing, Puckett is in demand as a master class clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator. Recordings include a CD of Chopin’s Op 10 Etudes, Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit and Liszt’s 'La campanella' and a CD of two-piano and four-hand piano music titled Rendezvous recorded with his wife, Lauren Puckett. The Pucketts frequently perform two-piano programs, and recently performed the Ralph Vaughn Williams Concerto for Two Pianos with the Abilene Philharmonic.

The couple founded and co-directed the Abilene Summer Piano Camp, which takes place each year during the last week of June on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University.The camp is designed for talented middle school and high school piano students.

Puckett received his Bachelor of Music degree at Oklahoma City University where he studied piano with Dr. Clarence Burg and Ernestine Scott. He then attended the University of Kansas and completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in piano with Sequeira Costa, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and Claude Frank.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Oklahoma City University
  • Master of Music, Piano Performance, University of Kansas
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance, University of Kansas

Listen to Performances by Mark Puckett

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