Born in 1985 in Columbus Ohio, he began piano lessons at the age of nine with Capital University Professor John Carter. He later studied with Richard Lopez and Nina Polonsky. He received his bachelors degree with honors in 2006 from Northern Kentucky University, where he received a full scholarship and studied with Ukranian pianist and master teacher Sergei Polusmiak. While there, he was also the recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship and the Commonwealth Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
Loren has won top awards in various competitions, including the Graves Regional Young Artist Competition, the Tifereth Israel Young Artist Competition, the KMTA/Bluegrass Young Artist Competition, the NFAA National Arts Recognition Talent Search, the Paducah Symphony Concerto Competition, the MTNA Kentucky State Piano Competition, the Columbus Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Bexley Summerfest Young Artist Competition. He made his concerto debut in 2003, receiving multiple standing ovations for his performance of the Beethoven C-minor Concerto with the Minnesota Sinfonia. He has also been a soloist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Kentucky Chamber Orchestra. He has recently appeared in solo recitals at important Minnesota venues, including for the Schubert Club at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, and Minnesota Public Radio’s 2011 Bach Anniversary Concert at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.
He has been a featured participant in numerous summer workshops and chamber music festivals, including at the Las Vegas Music Festival, The Niagara Chamber Music Festival, The Animato Chamber Music festival in Miami Florida, and The Summit Music Festival in New York. In 2006, He was a featured performer in the “Musicos de Camara” series for the Instituto Superior de Muisica in Xalapa Mexico.
Loren received his master’s degree in music in 2009, and a doctorate in 2011 from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with the distinguished pianist Lydia Artymiw. He was the recipient of a Berneking Fellowship in 2007. Loren has taught hundreds of students of various levels and musical backgrounds in both private and classroom settings and maintains an active private studio in Minneapolis. He has taught college courses at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University, and currently holds a teaching position at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Loren is also a prolific cartoonist, and his musical humor panel “Humoresque” is currently published by Clavier Companion, and in the UK by Piano Professional. They are also available online through the Humoresque Cartoons website.