Meet the musicians

David Allen Wehr


David Allen Wehr is Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair. His international career was launched when he won the Gold Medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. The resulting tours have taken him to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including performances in the world musical capitals of New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid, and Buenos Aires. Over 1,400 concerts include 13 seasons of touring the United States and Canada for Community Concerts as soloist and pianist with the Sartory Trio (including Charles Stegeman, Professor of Violin at Duquesne).

Wehr has been soloist with the London Symphony, National Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, and all the major Spanish and Latin American orchestras. The New York Times called him “a man who so strongly believes in his ideas that they come across as statements of musical fact.” The American Record Guide stated, “David Allen Wehr is one of those great talents who play circles around most of their contemporaries. Few pianists have so consistently produced such exemplary, idiomatic, intellectually rigorous and emotionally generous music. He is an uncommonly free, expressive player whose huge but unobtrusive technical apparatus never draws attention to itself but is put squarely in the service of musical values. He is more than a pianist’s pianist; he is a musician’s musician.”