Wilfred Delphin, DMA

Founding Pianist

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Our Founding and Principle Pianist, and rehearsal coach was recently honored with a Lifetime Achie,vement Award from the Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards. and a Recognition Award from the Louisiana Creole Research Association, for his contribution to the Arts and the greater good of the community.

Dr. Wilfred Delphin, one half of the internationally renowned piano duo Delphin and Romaine, retired from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) School of Music in 2004. He volunteered with the United States Peace Corps for several months in the West African country of Senegal after his retirement, leaving that country for New Orleans to help with the recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina.

 

Delphin debuted in 1977 at Carnegie Hall with Edwin Romaine. The two of them toured the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. After Romain passed in 1995, Delphin continued performing and teaching. His fans include former President Jimmy Carter, for whom he played a solo recital in the East Room of the White House. He is part of Baldwin Piano's "World's Best" promotion and is a South Carolina Arts Commission Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award winner. Currently, he is a faculty member and artist-in-residence in the Department of Music at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where he is also an alumnus.