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Courtesy of Christine Demint: Kiser GSO Children's Concert 2021

David Kiser

David is the Executive Director of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra. He was formerly the Education and Community Engagement Manager of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra where he oversaw the symphony’s extensive education programs. In Spring 2022, he introduced the newest program called Student Ambassadors that connected local high school music students with the symphony. He is married to the pianist Lisa Won Jung Kiser and they live with their family in Greenville, SC. He is the second oldest of ten children.


David began studying piano at 10. He obtained a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Converse College with Professor Douglas Weeks. He received his Bachelor's in Music from University of South Carolina. He also studied at the College of Charleston with full scholarship. He took part in the first annual Genesis Piano Competition in Myrtle Beach where he won first place. He performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Carolina Youth Symphony and as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival he performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1 in Perugia, and Spoleto, Italy. He won the Young Artist Competition at Converse College and performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Converse Symphony Orchestra.


His performances have been broadcast on South Carolina Public Radio and he has performed and adjudicated throughout the state. Recent performances include Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and a series of piano duo recitals across the southeast with his wife Lisa Kiser. In 2022 he performed a solo recital on the Village Concert Series in Mount Pleasant, SC.


He has been mentored by  Marina Lomazov, Charles Fugo, Enrique Graf, Ilana Vered, Ann Schein, Yong Hi Moon, Robert Blocker, Natalya Antonova, Marvin Blickenstaff, Miles Hoffman and the Parker Quartet.


David is the long-time host and producer of On the Keys, an hour of piano music played by virtuoso pianists for South Carolina Public Radio. As the producer of On the Keys he gets to regularly interview acclaimed performers and composers. 


He is a trained organist and harpsichordist and is a substitute keyboardist for Asheville, Greenville and Spartanburg Symphonies. Besides his life in music, education and arts administration, David is a writer and has the distinct honor of being the first ever Writer-in-Residence at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. ​

David assists Lisa in instructing students. He also teaches group theory and advanced level master class which are additional opportunities that students can take part, usually during the spring semester. 

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