Charles Pettaway, DeBose Artist, 2005, hales from the studio of Natalie Hinderas, first DeBose Artist (1976). Pettaway is a Full Professor of Music and serves as Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at The Lincoln University. His education has included studies at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, now known as (University of the Arts), receiving a graduate degree from Temple University. He was invited as a scholarship recipient for study at Fontainebleau France. Subsequent awards and scholarships followed. Gaby Casadesus invited him to study at the Ravel Academy, (Ciboure France); He was awarded a piano fellowship for study at Tangelwood where he was invited, by Gunther Schuller, as piano soloist in the world premiere of Primous Fountain’s Evolved Questions, for piano and orchestra.
Pettaway’s musical mentors have included: Nadia Boulanger, Claude Frank, Gaby Casadesus, Gunther Schuller, Philippe Entremont, Clement Petrillo, Piero Weiss, and Natalie Hinderas. As a result of being declared unanimous First Prize at the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, he made his orchestral debut with Capital Orchestre of Toulouse (France) performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand, for Piano and Orchestra. He also performed a solo piano recital at Carnegie Recital Hall to critical acclaim.