Kevin Olson


Click here to see pictures from the May 20, 2006 recital with Kevin Olson.

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Click here to see the Music for Little Mozarts recital program

Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and faculty member at Elmhurst College, near Chicago, Illinois, where he teaches classical and jazz piano, electronic music, and music theory. He holds a Doctor of Education from National-Louis University, as well as Master and Bachelor degrees in Composition and Theory from Brigham Young University. Before teaching at Elmhurst College, he held a Visiting Professor position at Humboldt State University in California.

A native of Utah, Kevin began composing at age five. When he was twelve, his composition, An American Trainride, received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he hasbeen a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella, the Rich Matteson Jazz Festival, and several piano teacher associations around the country.

Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired the nearly forty books and solos he has published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.


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