F. Renato Premezzi (1971), Professor
Chair, Performing Arts Program
B.S., M.S. Juilliard School
Renato Premezzi was born in New York City. His teachers included Isidor Philipp, Orazio Frugoni, Beveridge Webster and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Awarded scholarships at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools, he received the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at Juilliard, where he also taught for two years in the Pre-College Division. Among other honors and awards, Mr. Premezzi won a Fulbright Scholarship (and renewal) to Italy.
Besides giving many concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and The People's Republic of China, Renato Premezzi has made numerous appearances on radio and television. He has performed as soloist with major symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, the San Carlo Orchestra of Naples, the Teatro Comunale Orchestra of Bologna, the Palazzo Pitti Orchestra of Florence, and many others, collaborating with conductors such as Arthur Fiedler, Morton Gould, Leonard Slatkin, and others.
Mr. Premezzi has taught at Stephens College, Fort Hays Kansas State University and Southern Illinois University. Additionally, he is Visiting Artist at the Madison School of Music.
He has presented Master Classes at many American colleges and universities, as well as at conservatories in Paris, London, Salzburg, in the People's Republic of China and in Italy (Arezzo, Modena, Cortona, Chiusi and Urbino, where he has directed the Corsi Internazionali di Musica for the past 18 years). His students have won many prizes in competitions, as well as awards and scholarships, and they frequently perform internationally in recital and as soloists with orchestra in addition to pursuing significant teaching careers.