Guest Master Teacher
John Wustman is a pianist, vocal coach, accompanist, and teacher. He has appeared in the leading concert halls of five continents, with some of the greatest singers from the second half of this century, including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Birgit Nilsson, Régine Crespin, Christa Ludwig, Niccolai Gedda, Carlo Bergonzi, and several others. Career highlights include a series of televised recitals with Luciano Pavarotti, including the tenor’s first recital from the Metropolitan Opera House in 1978. Wustman's recording of Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff songs with Irina Arkhipova won the Grand Prix du Disque. As a professor of music at the University of Illinois, Wustman, now a professor emeritus, founded the university’s vocal coaching and accompanying program in 1973. He taught master classes in German Lieder in Uruguay, Peru, and Argentina as part of a Fulbright Commission. He was awarded the 2007 World of Song Award by the board of directors of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and was most recently named the 2008/09 Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University.