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Chad Twedt (b. 1976) was classically trained from the age of six with private piano lessons, studying with Kathie Krocak, Joan Houtz, Dr. Ronald Williams, and Dr. James Winn (all in Reno, NV). Chad participated in the Southwest U.S. Divisionals round of the 1997 MTNA-Young Chang Collegiate Artist Piano Competition. He performed Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 as guest soloist with the Reno Pops Orchestra, and he has been presented in concert by numerous venues, including the Tahoe Tallac Association (Valhalla Arts Festival, South Lake Tahoe), the Nevada Arts Council (Reno, NV), Winchester Cultural Center (Clark County Parks & Recreation in Las Vegas), Sierra College Dept. of Music (Rocklin, CA), and Franktown Ranch Center for the Arts (Washoe Valley, NV).
Chad received a Masters in Music Performance in May 2001 from University of Nevada, Reno. From there he also received his two undergraduate degrees, graduating magna cum laude: a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics degree, with a minor in Computer Information Systems. He was one of two recipients of the UNR Excellence Fellowship, the most competitive fellowship given to graduate students in all disciplines at University of Nevada, Reno. He was also one of two student recipients of the 1998 Sierra Arts Foundation Fellowship Grant, awarded based on his piano performance.
Chad began composing seriously after completing his Masters in Piano Performance degree in 2001. For the composing on his Ostinato CD, he was a recipient of the 2005 Nevada Arts Council Fellowship Grant, a $5,000 award given to three artists in the state of Nevada each year.
Chad is an NCTM teacher, or a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, a distinction given to teachers who not only show musical competency but also devotion and professionalism in their teaching. He was president of the Northern Nevada Music Teachers Association for two terms (2008-2010 and 2010-2012). In June 2012, Twedt moved with his family to Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair, PA), and there he balances his composing and performing with his life as a private piano instructor. He was pianist for the South Reno United Methodist Church from 1994 to 2012. Today he serves on the board of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania.
He has performed and recorded some of the most demanding solo repertoire, including Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, Alkan’s “Le Festin d’Esope,” Bolcom’s Garden of Eden, Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Chopin’s Third Sonata, Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata, and Bach's Sixth English Suite.