posted October 31, 2012

Pianist Douglas Humpherys to Perform on Nov. 10

Pianist Douglas Humpherys will perform at Hope College on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Humpherys will perform the “Fantasia in C Major, Hob. XVII: 4,” by F. J. Haydn; “Sonata in A Minor, D. 784-Allegro giusto, Andante, and Allegro vivace,” by Franz Schubert; “Choral et Variations,” by Henri Dutilleux; “Sonatine, Modéré, Mouvement de Menuet, and Animé,” by Maurice Ravel; and “Mephisto Waltz No. 1,” by Franz Liszt.

Humpherys’s concert career has spanned more than three decades across four continents. During recent years, he has performed in many of the major cities of Asia. A frequent guest artist in Beijing, he has performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall. In Europe, Humpherys has presented solo concerts in the cities of Moscow, Novgorod, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Venice and Dublin, with additional concert engagements in Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Serbia. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada at numerous universities and festivals, and is frequently a guest artist at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association.

He has recorded for the Gina Bachauer Piano Foundation and American Public Radio, and has been featured in live performances on affiliates of NPR and PBS.  This past summer, he traveled to Buenos Aires to teach and perform with “Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur,” a project sponsored in part by the United States Embassy in Argentina. He is currently listed on the artists’ roster of Steinway and Sons.

Humpherys completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where he is currently professor and chair of the piano department. During his student days, he studied with Nelita True, Martin Canin, and Robert Smith.

In high demand as a teacher, he has been appointed to visiting residencies or professorships at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the University of Michigan.  His students have won numerous competition prizes, including the Honens, Cleveland, Hilton Head, Osaka, and Pacific International Competitions, and include two recent national winners of the MTNA/Steinway Young Artists Competition.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.