Forrest earned his doctorate from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor inPiano Performance and Pedagogy. Recent achievements include a Gilmore Piano Festival fellowship, appearing as a soloist with Ann Arbor Symphony, and a Round Top Festival Institute fellowship. Forrest is also a Resident Teaching Artist with ArtistYear and served as a 2021 Artist in Residence at the Porto PianoFest. Awards include winning the 2021 Round Top Festival Institute Chamber Music Competition and the 2016 MTNA National String Chamber Music Competition.
Others of note:
- Rackham Research Award, 2021
- Douglass Heiner Scholar, 2017-2018
- ORCA Research Grantee, 2016
- E. Mona Smith Scholar, 2015-2016