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Dr. Brent Runnels

Brent Runnels Executive and Artistic Director

Brent Runnels directs the Jazz Orchestra Atlanta big band. He has fashioned a broad and diverse musical career as a performer, arts administrator, educator and musical entrepreneur.

As a pianist Brent Runnels has won critical acclaim for his performances in the US, Europe, Australia and Russia as an orchestral and recital soloist, chamber musician, and jazz pianist. He is the top-award winner of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Jacksonville Classical Piano Competition. Mr. Runnels has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the Atlanta Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Kosice State Philharmonic, Ural Academic Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta of Zilina, Florida Orchestra, Florida Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Mansfield Symphony, Brevard Symphony and the Gwinnett Philharmonic. He has given recitals in London, Prague, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sydney and Atlanta.

Chamber music and jazz performance are a significant part of his performance career. He performed for 13 years with The Inman Piano Trio, an ensemble with the late violinist Beth Newdome and cellist David Bjella. The Inman Piano Trio was known for performances of the masterpieces of the trio repertoire as well as unusual and rarely heard chamber works. Brent Runnels has performed extensively as a jazz pianist and has appeared with such jazz artists as Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Gene Bertoncini, Lou Soloff, Laurie Holloway and Warren Covington. In 1993 and 1994 he toured central Europe with John Whitney as the Runnels/Whitney Jazz Piano Duo. He is currently director of music at Temple Sinai in Atlanta, where he directs the High Holy Day choir and performs services and concerts. He is also a member of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

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DMA Manhattan School of Music Professor of Music, Oglethorpe University

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