Performer Bio: Tyson Deaton, piano


Praised for his ability to “put his playing entirely at the service of expression and communication," Tyson Deaton has gained attention as one of the busiest collaborators of his generation. Known for his vast repertoire and versatility of style, he is sought out by singers and instrumentalists alike. He has appeared alongside such artists as Michael Norsworthy, Shana Blake Hill, Linda Wang, Adrienne Danrich, Julie Landsman, Ryan Taylor and Sherrill Milnes, among many others.

Having performed in many venues worldwide, Mr. Deaton’s recent engagements have included recital tours in Asia and the west coast, along with a vocal chamber music recital with various singers and instrumentalists from the Metropolitan Opera. Other performances have taken him from the stages of New York’s Weill Hall and Old First Church, in San Francisco, to regional locales which include in Dallas/Fort Worth, Albuquerque, Shreveport, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Honolulu.

During the 2010-2011 concert season, he will present programs including the Cinq Po√®mes de Baudelaire of Debussy and Strauss’ complete Op. 10, both with soprano Catherine Forbes for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Classical Concert Series in New York City. An Autumn-Spring tour with clarinetist Michael Norsworthy, and assorted engagements with baritone Scott Guinn showcasing settings of Walt Whitman round out his season calendar.

Mr. Deaton is also an active writer and editor, recently as a contributor to Opera America and also preparing an edition of the unpublished vocal works of Jeanne Demessieux. In addition, his article “Tristan, Pelleas and Their Songs” centered around the song literature of both Wagner and Debussy will be prepared for publication in early He has worked as pianist, coach and conductor with many opera organizations such as Atlanta Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Camerata of D.C., Opera Southwest, Skylight Opera, The Seagle Music Colony, Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera New Jersey and Wichita Grand Opera, as well as numerous others, garnering critical acclaim in Opera News along with other various publications. Some career highlights have included David Gately’s production of Angels in America (Eotvos) with Fort Worth Opera, Transformations (Susa) with Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a staging of Don Giovanni which featured Herbert Perry, Christine Weidinger and John Macurdy, and a production of the Verdi rarity, Attila.

A former faculty member of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Mr. Deaton maintains his primary coaching studio in New York City. Singers he has coached have occupied the rosters of The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Oper Frankfurt, La Scala and other major opera houses throughout the world. As a clinician for both pianists and singers, he frequently gives masterclasses and lectures on collaborative and operatic literature.