Music on the Trail
About Donna Gunn
Donna Gunn is in constant demand as a solo piano performer, residency artist and educator. For more than thirty years, she has drawn from repertoire that spans 400 years to craft unforgettable inter-disciplinary performances and educational presentations. From larger venues such as the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, to small under-served communities in central Louisiana, Donna’s career reflects her resolute belief that everyone deserves equal access to music performance and education.
Her passion for 18th century musicians and period instruments earned her scholarship and foundation support from the Music Teacher’s National Association and Piano Technicians Guild in 2011 and Nebraska Music Teachers Association in 2013. She has international experiences from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY to Italy, the Netherlands, and most recently at the Esterhazy Summer Palace in Hungary where she participated in Early Music Days and fortepiano master classes with Malcolm Bilson. This work has now culminated in her book, Discoveries from the Fortepiano, Oxford University Press, 2015.
Nebraska born and raised, Donna combines her international scholarship with accessibility and warmth. From the piano studio to interactive residences, concert stage to music scholarship, she strives to reach audiences at all stages of musical understanding, from novice to connoisseur and of all ages, from kindergarten to senior citizens.
Donna received her MM in piano performance and pedagogy from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • "Donna has written an excellent manual for teachers on what she has learned from the period instruments and from the sources. She should be given every encouragement to spread the word, which I am sure she will do with skill and assurance."
    - Dr. Malcolm Bilson
    Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
  • "Donna fully utilizes the information gained in continuing learning opportunities (in the Netherlands, Italy and at Cornell International Fortepiano Academy) and has almost single-handedly and through sheer will become an exceptionally knowledgeable and insightful artist and performer of the highest level."
    - Dr. Ann Chang
    Artistic Director, Lied Center for Performing Arts
  • "As parents of several children who are very different from one another, we have been so impressed with Donna's ability to 'read' her students, and tailor her approach accordingly."
    - Parents of students studying at
    The Piano Place
  • "Donna is a highly specialized classical performer on both the modern piano and the fortepiano. She is an exceptionally generous artist and performer of the highest level."
    - Dr. Ann Chang
    Artistic Director, Lied Center for Performing Arts



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