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Kris Pineda completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (2012) and Master of Music (2009) degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas Butler School of Music in Austin. There, he studied with renowned concert pianist Anton Nel. During his time at UT-Austin, Kris worked as a full-time graduate assistant, teaching applied piano under the supervision of pedagogues Sophia Gilmson and Martha Hilley. A native of Illinois, Kris received his Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in 2007 where he studied with Dr. Linda Perry. Kris also holds a double BA degree in Biology and Psychology from St. Louis University (2005).

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