I was born 10-10-1942 in Los Angeles, California. My father, Imre Eric Deak, was a friend and student of Bela Bartok, as well as being a pupil of two Franz Liszt's students. My father, regrettably, died when I was but three years old. It is most probable that I entered the field of music so late due to this tragedy. My mother, Jeanette Deak-Eubanks tried to encourage me, but she was not a musician, so I wasn't directed into that area of the arts. Music did not become part of my life until I was 17--my senior year of high school.
I became a jazz vibraphonist, but I quickly switched to jazz piano when I heard Bill Evans with Miles Davis; that was a watershed moment for me. Because of the record, "Kind Of Blue", I made the switch to piano and have remained a pianist ever since.
I have been a jazz pianist for over 45 years. I have been a composer of both classical and jazz for over 45 years. I have won two competitions--and was declared a finalist--in classical composition. I've had music broadcast twice, been published once with three more works currently being appraised, and have been recorded twice.
After 63 years in Southern California, my wife Barbara, and I moved to Gig Harbor, Washington in 2006. I continue to write and perform (whenever the opportunities arise), and my singer, Denise Dee and I, are planning a major jazz project for this summer of 2012.