Don Shabkie — an active composer, and classical and jazz pianist — is a versatile musician located in Greenville, South Carolina. Traveling across the state to perform and teach, his extensive education, experience, and skills establish him as an artist who can serve many communities in a number of ways.
At present Don serves as dance musician for the ballet program at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, organist at Memorial Methodist Church in Greer, and plays for a variety of events in the Greenville area.
Most recently he performed at the Greenville Chautauqua 2015 presentation of Buster Keaton's silent film, The Cameraman. Don provided an improvised musical underscoring for the entire one hour and fifteen minute film. The Greenville Chautauqua group sponsors educational interactive historical theater performances. Last year in June 2014, he presented a workshop on Leonard Bernstein called "The Joy of Music", a presentation which included three performances.
On May 18-20, 2015, Don served as artist-in-residence at Hand Middle School in Columbia.
Don has performed many concerts as a solo pianist. Visit his bio and calendar pages on the menu. You can also listen to samples of his playing right now.
Most recently, on May 16, 17, 2015 Don performed at at Greenville's Peace Center with the SC Governor's School Dance ensemble. He performed two works with the dancers, and for an interlude played Alexander Scriabin's well-known Etude in C# minor.In February 2010 he performed in a celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday. The concert, sponsored by Carolina 1st, was at the Westin Poinsett Hotel.
On November 4th, 2011, Don traveled with Selkie Celtic band to Augusta, Georgia, where the group appeared on the Covenant Presbyterian Concert Series. In addition to the Celtic music on the program, Don performed a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody.
On March 27, 2011 at 4 PM, Don perfomed a solo piano concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest, SC. This event raised over $750 for the Triune Mercy Center. For future concert information
Most recently, Don served as accompanist for two of the area's finest singers: Lisa Barksdale/soprano, and Lucie Svatonova Hughes, mezzo soprano. They performed a duet recital on September 30th, 2012, at the Daniel Recital Hall at Furman University, and then performed the same program on October 2, 2012 at the concert hall at Presbyterian College. Ms. Barksdale is on the voice faculty at Furman, and Ms. Svatonova Hughes is on the voice faculty at Presbyterian College.
Included in the program were works by Handel, Brahms, Dvorak, and Hensel. Also included was the premiere of an original work by Mr. Shabkie, Nova Politica.
As a composer he has received many commissions, and composed numerous works of church music, as well as works for piano and chamber ensembles. You can listen to his compositions, or for sheet music, please visit the sheet music page, where you can purchase instrumental and choral sheet music.