WILLIAM ROGER PRICE
PIANIST/COMPOSER

William Roger Price, Professor of Music (Piano and Composition) at The University of Tulsa is one among a small number of pianists who has composed and performed his own piano concertos and is one of the very few Americans who has premiered his own concertos in Europe. 

Price premiered his own Piano Concerto No. 2, appearing as soloist and composer, with the Madeira (Portugal) Classical Orchestra. A recording of his first piano concerto entitled Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerzy Swoboda conducting and with the composer at the piano is included on the CD MMC NEW CENTURY Vol. 13 (MMC Recordings). It is available at mmc.recordings.com.

In addition to his numerous appearances as recital soloist and collaborative musician, Price has performed with such orchestras as the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jerzy Swoboda, the New York Solisti with Ransom Wilson, The Tulsa Philharmonic with Bernard Rubenstein and others.

Price collaborated with Dr. Leonard Garrison on a CD that was released in August 2005 under the Capstone label.  The recording, entitled Superflute, includes presents Price as both pianist, on two works with Dr. Garrison, and the composer of Credo from Confessions of the Sons of Jah (2003) for flute and piano.  Price’s research of Theological Aesthetics has had a significant impact on Credo for flute and piano, as well as a number of other recent and projected compositions including Credo (a projected large work for chorus, soloists and orchestra), a set of improvisatory piano preludes entitled Glimpses of the Sublime (2004), and de profundis from Confessions of the Sons of Jah (2004) for clarinet and piano.  Related compositions include Meditations: Lament of Angels (1996) for violin and piano, Tintinnabulations (1994) for solo piano, probably the composer’s most widely performed piece, his two piano concertos (1995 and 2000) and Concerto Music for Two Pianos (2002).

Price has also gained national recognition as a church music composer through his works published through St. James Music Press (sjmp.com). Price has received commissions from such organizations as Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, St. James Music Press, The Sequeira Costa International Festival of Music, The Bartlesville Symphony and The University of Tulsa. His compositions have been published by St. James Music Press and Voice of The Rockies. His works have been performed by The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, The TULSAFEST Festival Orchestra, The Bartlesville Symphony, The University of Tulsa Symphony, The Leonardo Trio, Trio Brioso and others.

Price has appeared as recitalist, composer, clinician and/or adjudicator at numerous universities across the nation.  He is also highly sought after as a teacher. His students continue to win numerous prizes and competitions.  Price completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kansas where he studied primarily with the world renowned pianist Sequeira Costa. He also worked extensively with Leon Fleisher and Menahem Pressler through the KU Master Class Series.  He earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Piano Performance at Oklahoma City University where he studied with Dr. Clarence Burg.  He studied composition with Ray Luke and Frank Payne.