Jeffrey Brown is Professor of Piano and Director of the School of Music at Western Illinois University, where he has served on the faculty since 2009. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras. Performance highlights include appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and China.
He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned the Performer’s Certificate, the Master of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He studied with Natalya Antonova and served as her teaching assistant, and he studied accompanying with Jean Barr. His early training was with Jane Allen at the University of Missouri. He has been a prizewinner in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition, and the Kneisel German Lieder Competition, and he was a recipient of the Artist Presentation Society Award of St. Louis.
He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and other organizations committed to community engagement and education, and he has presented masterclasses and lectures at universities and conservatories throughout the United States. He currently serves as the National Coordinator for the MTNA Chamber Music Competitions.