George DeForest was born into a musical family in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother, soprano Louise DeForest, performed lead roles in many local operas produced by the New Orleans Recreation Department, Loyola Opera Workshop, and New Orleans Opera Association.
George was largely self-taught as a child and teenager, and began his serious study of the piano in his late teens as a student of Ellen Platamone and Melvin G. Alford in New Orleans. After receiving the performance certificate from the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, he continued to study with Eleanor Statmore in Clifton, New Jersey.
Upon returning to New Orleans, he resumed his activities with the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts where he became Vice-President and was instrumental in the formation of the New Orleans International Piano Competition.
Continuing his musical education, he enrolled at Baylor University School of Music where he earned a Master of Music in piano performance under the tutelage of Krassimira Jordan. After earning an Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, he continued his studies with Fabio Bidini in Fort Worth, Texas and Assisi, Italy.
George maintains a teaching studio in the DFW area and is a regular participant in the monthly meetings of the DFW Amateur Piano Group.
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