In memory of Phillip Evans

Accomplished pianist and brother of the late MSU faculty Joseph Evans passes away.

Roberta Rust Evans and Phillip Evans on their wedding day 38 years ago. Both are accomplished pianists, and Phillip graduated from MSU in 1948.

The College of Music is saddened to report the passing of alumnus and renowned pianist and teacher Phillip Evans. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Evans died September 20, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Florida, at the age of 91. A 1948 graduate of the college with a degree in applied music, Evans enjoyed an extensive career as a classical pianist and inspired educator, serving on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Lynn University. He was a Fulbright scholar, recipient of two Ford Foundation grants, and the Loeb Award winner upon graduation from Juilliard. Evans's special affinity for the music of Bela Bartok was acknowledged by the late Pulitzer prize-winning critic Harold C. Schonberg in his book, The Great Pianists. Known for his deeply musical soul and great humor, Evans is remembered with love by his wife of 38 years, pianist Roberta Rust Evans, and will be sorely missed. Evans was the brother of the late Joseph Evans who taught piano at MSU for more than 40 years, chairing the piano area for much of that time. Our condolences to Phil's many loved ones, friends and colleagues.

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