Thara Memory, music alum, led his American Music Program to win the Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in May 2015.
Department of Music
DMA, Rice University
MM, BM, University of Colorado, Boulder
Chromatic Keyboard Skills I, II, II
Pianist Renato Fabbro (Ron) received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied with Larry Graham and Angela Cheng. As a fellowship recipient, he was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University, where he studied with John Perry. Dr. Fabbro has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Mozart Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. He has performed chamber music recitals with internationally acclaimed violinist Frank Huang and Northwestern University clarinet professor Steven Cohen. As part of the Martingale Ensemble, he recently recorded a CD for MSR Classics of music by Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler with members of the Oregon Symphony. Frequently in demand as an adjudicator, he has judged such events as the MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Seattle Chopin Competition, and Washington and Idaho MTNA Piano Competitions. He was recently invited to give a series of master classes for the National Federation of Music Clubs (Boise chapter).
Dr. Fabbro has won prizes in several national competitions, including the Fort Collins Symphony National Young Artist Competition, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Lee Piano Competition, Young Pianists Competition, and he was a semifinalist in the Seattle International Piano Competition. He also won the Colorado State Music Teachers Association Young Artists Piano Competition, Kawai Western Regional Piano Competition and the Colorado University Honors Competition and has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Colorado University Orchestra and Grand Junction Youth Symphony.
A dedicated teacher, his students have won top prizes in the American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, American Protege International Concerto Competition, Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition, MTNA Northwest Division Competition, Vancouver Symphony Young Artists Competition, Oregon MTNA Piano Competition, Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Oregon Symphony Wiscarson Competition, Oregon Sinfonietta Concerto Competition, Beaverton Symphony Young Artists Competition and Central Oregon Symphony Young Artists Competition. Currently serving on the faculties of the University of Portland and Marylhurst University, Dr. Fabbro has also taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio Summer Music Institute.