Don Shabkie — an active composer, and classical and jazz pianist — is a versatile musician located in Greenville, South Carolina. Traveling across the state to perform and teach, his extensive education, experience, and skills establish him as an artist who can serve many communities in a number of ways. To begin, please visit Don's Youtube page and Facebook music page. On those sites you can find videos of his classical piano playing.

At present Don serves as dance musician for the ballet program at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, organist at Memorial Methodist Church in Greer, and plays for a variety of events in the Greenville area.

He also enjoys teaching piano to several students in the Greenville area.

Most recently, on May 202, 2019, Don performed at at Greenville's Peace Center with the SC Governor's School Dance ensemble. He performed one original work, Fantasy on Themes from Carmina Burana, and another original work, Tempest. He composed Tempest in collaboration with choreographer Tracy Vogt, who choreographed the work. The Junior dancers performed the work.

In March, 2016 Don served as artist-in-residence at Beaufort Middle School, which is an arts-integrated school. Follow this link to see a video the school prepared. go to video

Don has performed many concerts as a solo pianist. Visit his bio and calendar pages on the menu.

In May of 2016, Don performed at at Greenville's Peace Center with the SC Governor's School Dance ensemble. He performed a work with the dancers, and, for program interludes, he performed works by Ravel, Scriabin, Gershwin, and an original work. This marked the sixth time he had played at the Peace Center with the GS dancers on similar programs, and this has happened twice a year since then.

In February 2010 he performed in a celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday. The concert, sponsored by Carolina 1st, was at the Westin Poinsett Hotel.

On November 4th, 2011, Don traveled with Selkie Celtic band to Augusta, Georgia, where the group appeared on the Covenant Presbyterian Concert Series. In addition to the Celtic music on the program, Don performed a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody.

On March 27, 2011 at 4 PM, Don perfomed a solo piano concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest, SC. This event raised over $750 for the Triune Mercy Center. For future concert information

Most recently, Don served as accompanist for two of the area's finest singers: Lisa Barksdale/soprano, and Lucie Svatonova Hughes, mezzo soprano. They performed a duet recital on September 30th, 2012, at the Daniel Recital Hall at Furman University, and then performed the same program on October 2, 2012 at the concert hall at Presbyterian College. Ms. Barksdale is on the voice faculty at Furman, and Ms. Svatonova Hughes is on the voice faculty at Presbyterian College.

Included in the program were works by Handel, Brahms, Dvorak, and Hensel. Also included was the premiere of an original work by Mr. Shabkie, Nova Politica.

As a composer he has received many commissions, and composed numerous works of church music, as well as works for piano and chamber ensembles. You can listen to his compositions, or for sheet music, please visit the sheet music page, where you can purchase instrumental and choral sheet music.

In addition, for several years, he served the upstate South Carolina region as a piano tuner. For 23 years he was music director at Trinity presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, and he served for seven years as dance musician for the Columbia College Dance program.

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    If you would like to know more, please visit the links on this site that are of interest to you. You can also contact him. And please take a moment to listen to Don's original music or samples of the Celtic CD's.