Renowned Pianist Appointed Artist-in-Residence
By Rachel Judy
March 2, 2011
Photo courtesy of University Marketing
Celebrated pianist Adlan Cruz has joined the Regent University community as artist-in-residence in the Center for Worship. On Friday, Feb. 25, Regent hosted a reception for Cruz, featuring a performance of some of his original compositions, as well as a bilingual interview conducted by Dr. Carlos Campo, Regent's president.
Cruz is enthusiastic in his new role as an ambassador for Regent. "When you come here, you don't only become a student and finish and look for a job. You come here, you finish, you become a leader. You influence a society. You influence a generation," he said. "As a concert pianist I want to influence in a very effective way—not only as an entertainer, but also as a leader. What better place to come here and get the best of that education?"
As an artist-in-residence, Cruz will also continue to perform around the world—an opportunity he sees as a platform to encourage education at all levels. "As a concert pianist you get a message across with your status ... they listen to you," he explained. "Becoming part of Regent as a student and also as an ambassador, Regent will be part of what I do."
His long list of accomplishments includes an appointment as director of music for Ron Kenoly. He is preparing to launch his 25th CD, which will feature a collection of worship songs.
Cruz began playing the piano by ear at the age of three and released his first album in 1989. A graduate of the Hartt School in Connecticut and Oral Roberts University, his studies were financed with a scholarship given to him by former Puerto Rico governor, philanthropist and pianist Luis A. Ferré.
Besides several other philanthropic initiatives, Cruz sponsors a private foundation to benefit the youth of Brazil. As part of his worldwide concert schedule over the years, in December 2000, Cruz performed live before 3.4 million people in Lagos, Nigeria.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
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