LUCIA UNRAU is described as a “magnificent artist” who makes “…intricate and difficult passage work…seem almost effortless.” The Los Angeles Times says Unrau “…provided pointed, bravura playing.” Dr. Unrau is in great demand for solo and collaborative concerts and recording projects.
Her most recent CD recording, Glint, with world-renown saxophonist, Timothy McAllister, was released to critical acclaim. Additionally, Dr. Unrau has CD recordings released by Parma, HDC Productions, and Cambria Master Recordings in the United States, Europe, and Japan.Dr. Unrau regularly collaborates with composers such as Roshanne Etezady, Libby Larsen, Don Freund, Lori Laitman, and Peter Terry. In addition to concert performances, Dr. Unrau regularly serves as an adjudicator, and presents clinics, workshops, conference presentations (MTNA) and master classes. In 2009 she was named the OhioMTA Collegiate Teacher of the Year. Dr. Unrau is passionate about music advocacy and music education and annually coordinates festivals, recitals, and competitions for pre-college and non-traditional students.
A nationally certified teacher of music, she is a former president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association which is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association. She was on the piano faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp from 1993-2018 and from 2005 served as the Camp Keyboard Coordinator, where she oversaw the keyboard curriculum. Dr. Unrau often serves as a review panelist for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. She holds piano performance degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University and Oberlin Conservatory. Her teachers include Adele Marcus of the Julliard School, Alan Feinberg, Robert Shannon, Karen Shaw, Shigeo Neriki and Nancy Garrett. Dr. Unrau is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at Murray State University.