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A gold medal winner of the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition and the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition, Jon Hynes has enjoyed an extensive performing career with solo recitals in venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London, England), Trinity College at Oxford University, Boccarelli Auditorium (São Paulo, Brazil), the American Cathedral (Paris, France), the Musicora Festival (Paris, France), Aula Hall (Interlaken, Switzerland), the American Consulate (Frankfurt, Germany), the American Concert Series (Geneva, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium) and numerous concerts throughout the United States and France, including the American Consulate and the United States Embassy.
Hynes holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of (and served as teaching assistant to) Natalya Antonova. He won the coveted Performer’s Certificate, and performed as soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia as the winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition. Prior to his studies at Eastman, he was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship for Study Abroad and spent two years at the Paris Conservatory as a student of Michel Béroff. Dr. Hynes holds a BM degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Arkansas where he studied with Alan Chow. Before graduation he attended the International Fine Arts Institute in Moscow, USSR, as a student of Lena Bulatova at the Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children.
Devoted to teaching the next generation of musicians, Jon Hynes has presented lecture-recitals for the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia; the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii; and workshops for students and teachers throughout the United States and abroad. He served seventeen years as both the Founder and Director of the Arkansas Baptist School of Fine Arts and he continues to maintain a large private studio of international students, many of whom have won prizes in competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association competitions, the CICA International Concerto Competition, and various national scholarships in some of the most prestigious colleges and music programs in the country.