Diana Fanning
Mahaney Arts Center

Diana Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic, Canada and Germany.  After a concert in Munich, a critic wrote that “Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed.  Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic.”  Ms. Fanning has performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She was featured as soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in the debut concert of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the CPO twice.  Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin.  Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she has performed live on “Morning Pro Musica” (WGBH-FM) Boston and on WNYC, New York City.  

Ms. Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takacs, Alexander, Jupiter and Schumann String Quartets, and with ensembles from Point Counter Point Music Camp, which she owned and directed for ten years with her husband Emory Fanning.  With cellist Dieuwke Davydov, she has undertaken European concert tours which included recordings for Radio Netherlands and has issued a CD of live performances.  Ms. Fanning’s CD of solo piano works by Janacek, Chopin, and Debussy received enthusiastic reviews in England and the U.S.  Her principal teacher has been Ruth Geiger of New York City; she also studied at the Paris Conservatoire.

Diana Fanning has taught at Middlebury for over 40 years. Her college students have been accepted into the Aspen Music Festival, the Fontainebleau Music School in France, the Royal College of Music in London, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and in Hamburg, the Brevard Summer Music Festival, and graduate programs at the Eastman and Hartt Schools of Music.  In 2024, a former student of hers won second prize in the Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano in Paris.  She is a founding faculty member of Pianos on the Point, a four-hand piano program for adults.