In the world of classical music, seasoned and multifaceted concert pianist Blanche Burton-Lyles is one of the most talented women to grace world-renowned stages, ballrooms, and musical circuits.

A South Philadelphia native, and member of Union Baptist Church , she continues to actively enjoy a career that has spanned well over 40 years.

A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, this illustrious performer became the first African-American woman pianist to receive the coveted Bachelor of Music degree. She studied under Madam Isabella Vengerova and Leo Ornstein, Sr. Recommended to the Curtis Institute by her mentor, Marian Anderson, Burton-Lyles states “Miss Anderson took an interest in my talents at an early age and was always very encouraging.”


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