next artistBrian Turner

Brian Turner is quickly rising as one of the most popular pianists of the Southeastern US. This versatile pianist/keyboardist/organist plays just about any style of music you can throw at him. As a soloist and collaborative artist, he has shared the stage and rocked out with many great international artists and bands including: Warren Haynes, Bobby McFerrin, Gene Bertoncini, Allen Vizzutti, John Fedchock, Mac Arnold, Bernie Worrell, Squirrel Nut Zippers members' Je Widenhouse, Reese Grey and Henry Westmoreland, Jeff Sipe, Jim Riggs, Spencer Bohren, Dino Kartsonakis, Vassar Clements, Eric Whitacre, Umphrey's McGee, The Slip, Freekbass, Betty Blowtorch, John Cowan Band, The Big Wu, Red Wanting Blue, Ekoostik Hookah, The Recipe, and others. Brian has performed for many distinguished patrons including: Boston Pops Maestro Keith Lockhart, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Rock stars Eric Clapton, Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Artimus Pyle (Lynard Skynard), Singer/songwriter Eddy Arnold, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Victor Pisano (film/TV/theater producer and co-owner/founder of the House of Blues), Judith Belushi Pisano (actress, Saturday Night Live writer, James Belushi's Sister-in-law), Wolfgang von Weiser (Las Vegas Bellagio Casino's Executive Chef), Ohio University President's: Vernon Alden, Charles Ping, Robert Glidden and Roderick McDavis. Brian has performed in masterclasses with Olga Kern, Allen Vizutti, John Fedchock and the Jupiter Quartet. Brian has performed at large venues including Ohio's Stan Hywett Hall (with members of the Akron Symphony and Chorus), John S. Knight Center, E.J. Thomas Hall, Quaker Square, Cleveland's Allen Theater at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals football games, New York City's Symphony Space and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Asheville's Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn and Diana Wortham Theater, and Brevard's Porter Center. He has performed on live television and radio through performances at the Akron Baptist Temple and with the Akron Youth Symphony. Currently living in Asheville, NC, Brian's original music has reached a massive audience through internet, radio play and hundreds of podcasts worldwide. Brian runs a piano studio of 40 students and performs with the highly successful party band Orange Krush with a busy schedule of gigs throughout the Southeastern US. Brian also freelances and performs with Maddy & The Masterpiece, Mike Barnes, Russ Wilson Orchestra, Dave Albertson Trio, Laditude, Peggy Ratusz, Lauren Jones, Joshua Singleton and others. Brian is the Associate Music Director at Etowah United Methodist Church and is the Programs Chair for the Asheville Area Piano Forum. Brian received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance on a scholarship from Ohio University and has nearly completed his Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy on a graduate assistantship from the same institution. He is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was selected as the alternate pianist for the 2005 International Association of Jazz Educators Ohio Collegiate jazz ensemble as well as auditioned and earned a spot in the U.S. Navy band, which he declined to pursue other interests. Brian has toured with many regional and national bands such as Peach Melba, GFE (Granola Funk Express), Orange Krush, and others. Brian's guest keyboard work can be found on many albums. When not doing all of this, Brian sleeps.