Piaras Kent is a DMA violin performance major at Michigan State University who obtained his Master’s degree from MSU in 2016, and his Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in 2013, to which he transferred from Mott Community College in the fall of 2011.
Before that, Piaris was home schooled through Our Lady of Victory in Post Falls Idaho and throughout high school went to the Flint Institute of Music, played in the Flint Youth Symphony, Flint Youth Philharmonic, the Dort Honors String Quartet, and also had the opportunity to rehearse and perform on several occasions with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Also, while at the FIM, Piaras won the Dort String Scholarship, a Concerto Competition with Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto (for which he has written his own cadenzas), and has assisted at beginning string classes and at summer camps for strings and piano.
Recently he has been performing with the Midland Symphony, Traverse City Symphony, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, and has won two Matilda Awards at Oakland University, including 2013’s Matilda Award for Outstanding Student in Instrumental Performance.
In addition Piaras also plays viola and is an avid composer, having written several works for violin, viola, cello, piano, and other miscellaneous instruments as well as full orchestral and chamber music.