Published on May 29, 2019 by Sarah Cain
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro recently completed his first year as an assistant professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy. Known by students as "Dr. J," De Pedro has an international reputation as a soloist, collaborator, pedagogue, speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
In the spring, he shared the stage with his students for the Elite Eighty-Eights, a piano showcase performance on ten elite pianos highlighting the launch of the School of the Arts' Elite Piano Program.
Watch the video to hear from De Pedro about his career and experience since joining the Samford faculty.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.