Bahamian Dion Cunningham, born and raised in Nassau, will most likely be the first Bahamian musician to perform on stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall when he appears this weekend as part of the Winner’s Recital for the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.
Dion placed second in this very prestigious competition, which was open to school students and adults of all nationalities and countries.
Dion began his musical studies studying piano with Mrs. Dawn Sands. After High School he attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where he received degrees in both biology and music, studying piano with Mr. Don Betts. In 2013, Dion graduated from the prestigious Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Music in Piano, studying with Ms. Marian Hahn, and was awarded the Frances W. Wentz Turner Memorial Prize. He is currently a second year doctoral student at the University of Maryland, studying with Dr. Cleveland Page.
He has performed throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. Most recently, Dion presented a recital on the occasion of The Bahamas’ 40th Anniversary of Independence at the request of the Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes.