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Kris Carlisle

Kris Carlisle is a professional pianist and educator. A native of California, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Specializing in contemporary music, his CD The American Evolution: Piano Sonatas received 2015’s The American Prize in Piano Performance Special Judge’s Citation: “Championing Piano Music by American Composers”. The CD is part of a larger project that explores the way contemporary composers use traditional genres.

The latest phase The American Evolution: Piano Preludes was released in December of 2016. The CD is available through CDBaby and Curvepoint Media. For more information on the CD, go to

Dr. Carlisle has other CDs available at Curvepoint Media – Current (excerpts available on his website), and Etesian Traveler. Both CDs are a collection of contemporary works for piano and trumpet.

Kris has been a guest artist at many colleges and universities around the country. He has presented at conferences and has been an adjudicator for many organizations.

Currently, Kris is an Associate Professor of Music teaching at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia