A native of Wichita, Kansas, Dr. James Knight won the Naftzger Piano Award and the Kansas Cultural Trust Award enabling him to study in New York City with Constance Keene. At this time, he took master classes from John Perry, Aube Tzerko, Bela Nagy, Byron Janis, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Joaquin Soriano. Dr. Knight was a finalist in the Leschetizky Piano Competition and also performed at Steinway Hall in New York City. Dr. Knight is now in his 23rd year of teaching at Friends University, where he is an assistant professor of piano. He has had several prize-winning students in local competitions, including the WMMTA piano concerto auditions, the Senseney-Schneider competition and the Miller Concerto Auditions.
B.M. Piano Performance, Friends University; M.M. Piano Performance, D.M.A. Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music