Deborah Moriarty

Deborah Moriarty


Professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Area




Deborah Moriarty is professor of piano and chair of the piano area at the Michigan State University College of Music, where she is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.


A Massachusetts native, she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 11. She has served on the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Lowell. Moriarty attended the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree with honors. Major teachers include: Russell Sherman, Theodore Lettvin, and Beveridge Webster. A medal winner in the “Concours Debussy” she is an active recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the eastern United States. She has also performed in Belgium, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, China, Italy, Uzbekistan, India, and the former Soviet Union. Moriarty is a founding member of the Fontana Ensemble of Michigan, and as an advocate of new music, has participated in numerous premiere performances including Milton Babbitt’s “Whirled Series” at Merkin Hall in New York City. She has recordings on the Crystal, CRI, Blue Griffin and Centaur labels.


Moriarty is the Artistic Director of the annual Encore Festival and the “Music in the Hidden Churches” concert series in Todi, Italy.  She is also co-founder of “Celebrating the Spectrum – a Festival of Music and Life”, an annual summer festival that brings talented pianists with ASD to the MSU campus for master classes, performances and college level classes.


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