David Kiser is host and producer of On the Keys, an hour of piano music played by virtuoso pianists, for South Carolina Public Radio's Classical Stations. David began studying piano at 10. More recently he obtained a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Converse College with Professor Douglas Weeks. Formerly he studied at the University of South Carolina and before that the College of the Charleston with full scholarship. (Not to mention a stint at Wofford College studying government).
He has performed across the state in churches and recital halls. Recently at Twichell Auditorium in Spartanburg he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Converse Symphony Orchestra. A fan of new music he played the song cycle, Pisgah Songs, by local composer John Grier at the Southeastern Composer’s League Forum in 2015 (find it on Youtube). When David was a young piano student in the upstate he played Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Carolina Youth Symphony and is very proud that a recent student he coached won the same competition. As part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival he performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 in Charleston and in Perugia, and Spoleto, Italy.
Currently you can hear him every week on the radio playing and talking but mostly talking. In another guise, you can hear him each week at the Holloway pipe organ in Buford Street United Methodist Church in Gaffney where he is organist. Most musicians have many gigs. He also teaches piano at Anderson University, South Carolina School of the Arts and privately at his home in Greenville.
David is married to Lisa Lee Kiser, the principal keyboardist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. They have two daughters and two dogs. The younger daughter has recently started to climb up on the piano bench and mash the keys, forte e piano. The older daughter plays violin and is in the Carolina Youth Symphony.