John McIntyre, James C. Olson Professor of Piano
John McIntyre is a native of Toronto, Canada, where he won the Eaton Scholarship as the outstanding music student at the University of Toronto while studying with Alberto Guerrero. After winning the Ravel Medal for his "superb performances of French music," he received a Canada Council Grant to study all the works of Ravel at the Paris Conservatoire with Vlado Perlemuter. He also has a Master of Music degree from Boston University, where he studied with Bela Nagy.
Professor McIntyre joined the faculty at the Conservatory in 1975. In addition to extensive concertizing throughout North America, Europe, Russia, and China he has recorded on the Artist label and served as the founder-director of the highly successful Tuesday Piano Series at UMKC from 1980 to 1994. He has performed many times on TV and National Public Radio, including a recent one hour TV interview on the piano works of Beethoven, with a performance of the Sonata Op. 110.
He has given many concerto performances with such distinguished conductors as Walter Susskind and Sir Ernest MacMillan and has adjudicated National and International piano competitions, including the National Finals of the 2004 MTNA competition. He was the first pianist invited to play a concerto with the National Youth Symphony of Canada and has premiered works by many composers including R. Murray Schafer, Loris Tjeknavorian, and Donald Keats in both Canada and the United States. He has performed in Kansas City with the Kansas City Philharmonic, the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, Wind and Percussion Ensembles, and chamber music with the Volker String Quartet.
He has also performed at both the Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals in the United States, the Chigiana Festival in Siena, Italy and the Jeunesses Musicales Festival in Mount Orford, Quebec, Canada. He has given masterclasses at universities and conservatories throughout the United States, Canada and China. His students have won national and international competitions, and many hold teaching positions at universities and colleges across the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Korea. His biography is included in the recent edition of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Music, and he is quoted in the 2006 biography of his piano teacher Alberto Guerrero by John Beckwith In Search of Alberto Guerrero published by Wilfred Laurier University Press. In 2011 he was awarded the James C. Olson Professorship.