Lewis Warren Jr.
Lewis Warren Jr. is an award-winning pianist and an accomplished arranger and improviser. His special ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age.
Some of Lewis’s earliest accomplishments date back to 2006. He was a top Finalist in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, had a premiere concert in Cancun, Mexico and was a guest artist at the Cancun Convention Center. He has been featured in many televised and broadcasted performances including NBC’s America’s got Talent in 2008, Nascar’s Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2009 and the O’Reilly 500 in 2018 - in which he performed his own arrangements of the national anthem, and twice he has been featured in TEDx talks.
His most recent orchestral engagement was in September 2018 where he performed Mozart’s 21st piano concerto with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra under Fouad Fakhouri. He’s performed Grieg’s piano concerto with the NY Sessions Symphony under Ben Niemczyk and he had the honor to play Chopin’s 2nd Concerto with the DSO conducted by Maestro Jaap Van Zweden in 2013. He also performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with SMU’s Meadow’s symphony.
Lewis has had a wide array of solo performances. He was honored to be the featured performer at the Van Cliburn Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration and was an artist with their Musical Awakenings Program in the years of 2010 and 2011. He performed in New England conservatory’s Jordan Hall in celebration of Ravel and NEC’s 150th anniversary. He has held concerts for the Wichita Falls
Community Foundation, the WFSO, and the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. Also, Lewis performed for the Cliburn’s advertising of the 7th Amateur International Cliburn Competition at DFW Airport in June 2016, and in May of that year he had a recital at the Longwood Suites in Boston. Some other projects and performances include being featured in Richard Rejino’s “What Music Means to Me” and performing for Vision Africa — a non profit organization — upon request of Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha of Nigeria. He’s also performed for the Dallas based “Basically Beethoven Festival” and participated in the performance opening the AT&T Performing Arts Center for the Annette Strauss Square Dedication.
As for competitions, Lewis received Honorable Mention in the Memphis International Piano competition in October 2019. He was a semi-finalist in the Piano Arts Competition in 2018, and in the New England Conservatory’s Honors Piano Competition in April 2016. In the summer of 2014, he was the grand prize winner of the State and Regional Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt competition and made a National Presentation in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In 2012, he was named a grand prize winner in the both the Dallas Symphonic Festival and McKinney Young Artist Competitions and was the first place winner in the TMTA Concerto Performance Contest. He was a national finalist in the junior division of the MTNA piano competition and was a top prizewinner in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition.
He has also participated in summer festivals and projects. In the summer of 2018 he was the artist in residence at Sense of Wonder Creations in Martha’s Vineyard where he composed and taught music. He’s attended the Art of the Piano festival held by Awadagin Pratt, the Interharmony Music Festival in Germany, he participated in the 3rd Texas State Piano Festival of San Marcos and attended the Interlochen Center of the Arts Summer Camp where - in all - received masterclasses and performance opportunities.
Over the years Lewis has performed, spoken, and participated in various private programs, senior living venues, churches, weddings, banquets, house parties, schools, joints, and non profit organizations including: TedxSMU, Vision Africa, Real Choices, Mid-Cities Pregnancy Center, First Presbyterian Dallas and the Morton H. Meyerson Family Tzedakah Foundation, Sower of Seeds, the Empty Bowls Foundation at Wichita Falls, and the Van Cliburn Awakenings Program.
He obtains a Bachelor’s Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music under professor Victor Rosenbaum. He is currently studying under Awadagin Pratt at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.