Assistant Professor of Piano Joel Hastings was the winner of the 8th International Web Concert Hall Competition and the International Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a Steinway Artist he performs solo recitals and concertos across Canada and the United States. Currently he is premiering a set of solo piano works dedicated to him by American composer Carter Pann. To date, he has recorded four CDs, including live performances of Frederic Chopin's 24 Études and Franz Liszt's song and operatic transcriptions. His recordings have been selected for Canadian critic's awards and have been featured on radio broadcasts in Canada and the US. Reviewers have described his playing as passionate, mesmerizing, hypnotic, and transcendental.
Hastings was awarded the gold medal for his ARCT Royal Conservatory diploma in Canada. His piano studies continued with Nina Lelchuk, Dickran Atamian and Sergei Babayan, and he completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan with Logan Skelton and Louis Nagel. His teachers were, respectively, students of Yakov Flier, Jorge Bolet, Mikhail Pletnev, Arthur Balsam and Rosina Lhevinne. Prior to joining the faculty at FSU in 2011, Hastings taught piano at the University of Windsor, Ontario, and Eastern Michigan University. His students have been successful in state and national competitions.