2015 Artists

The 2015 Season will showcase the following featured performers. Please select an artist for biographic information and concert repertoire.

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Jacob Ertl
Jacob Ertl
Gregory DeTurck
Adam Golka
Douglas Humpherys
Salon Chamber Music Recital
Maxim Kozlov
Gregory DeTurck

Douglas Humpherys

Douglas Humpherys
Douglas Humpherys Website

Since winning the gold medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys’ concert career has spanned more than three decades across four continents. During recent years, he has concertized 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 addition to concerts in the cities of Hong Kong and Chongqing, he has presented concerts and lecture-recitals throughout the Chinese conservatory and university system, including the Central Conservatory, the China Conservatory, the conservatories of Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Cheng-Du, Xian, Dalian, Xiamen, the Shenzhen School of the Arts, Peking University, and Renmin University. In 2002 he made his Korean debut in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall, and during a 2007 tour of Taiwan, he performed in the cities of Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.

In Europe, Mr. 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, American Public Radio, and has been featured in live performances on affiliates of NPR and PBS. During the summer of 2012, he returned the second time 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.

Mr. 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 honors in competitions, including prizes at the Honens, Cleveland, Hilton Head, and Poulenc International Piano Competitions, the Osaka, Pacific, Seattle, and Wideman Competitions, as well as three recent national first-prize winners of MTNA Competitions.

He has taught literally hundreds of master classes at universities and conservatories including the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, most of the major conservatories in China, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, the Korean National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Northwestern University, the Oberlin School of Music, and Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary. He has taught on the faculty of many summer festivals such as the 2012 and 2014 Shanghai International Piano Festivals, the 2010 Beijing International Festival and Academy, the 2007 Chinese-American International Piano Institute at the Sichuan Conservatory in Cheng-Du, the South Bohemia Music Festival in Prague, the Eastern Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Northern Lights Festival, the Washington International Piano Festival, and the New Orleans International Piano Festival.

Before his recent appointment as Artistic Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Mr. Humpherys served on the jury of the Bachauer Competition numerous times, and has also adjudicated the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff International Young Artists’ Piano Competition in Novgorod, Russia, the Ricardo Viñes International Piano Competition in Spain, the 1st Korea International Competition for Young Artists, the PTNA National Piano Competition in Tokyo, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition. His experience in this regard led him to create and direct the Eastman Young Artists’ International Piano Competition, which is held biennially in Rochester, New York.


Recital Program
Thursday, June 11 – 7:30pm

Fantasia in C Major H. XVII: 4 – Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
  I. Largo – Allegro
  II. Adagio
  III. Allegretto

Sonatine – Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
  I. Modere
  II. Mouvement de Menuet
  III. Anime

Intermission

Sonata in B minor, S. 178 – Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

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Salon Chamber Music Recital

Salon Recital

Join us for an exciting evening of Chamber Music with the audience sitting on-stage surrounding the musicians on the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion. Musicians will include Paul Sanchez, Gregory DeTruck, Douglas Humpherys (piano), Kayleen Sanchez (soprano), and Maxim Kozlov (cello).

Cash bar will be available, and a meet and greet with the artists to follow.


Recital Program
Friday, June 12 – 7:30pm

I hate music! (1943) – Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Gregory DeTurck, piano

Theme and Variations in G Major, K. 501 – W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)
Gregory DeTurck and Paul Sanchez, piano

Street tango – Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Maxim Kozlov, cello, and Paul Sanchez, piano

From Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (1950) – Aaron Copland (1900–1990)
  5. Heart, we will forget him
  9. I felt a funeral in my brain
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Gregory DeTurck, piano

Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F-sharp minor – Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Gregory DeTurck and Paul Sanchez, piano

Le sylphe – César Franck (1822–1890)
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, Maxim Kozlov, cello, and Gregory DeTurck, piano

Sérénade – Charles Gounod (1818–1893)
Green Lowland of Pianos, Op. 45, No. 2 – Samuel Barber (1910–1981)
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Gregory DeTurck, piano

Waltz and Romance in A Major – Serge Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Douglas Humpherys, Gregory DeTurck, and Paul Sanchez, piano

March in C Major, Op. 45, No. 1 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Gregory DeTurck and Paul Sanchez, piano

Intermission

Oblivion – Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Maxim Kozlov, cello, and Paul Sanchez, piano

Peter, Peter from Peter Pan – Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
Nocturne – Samuel Barber (1910–1981)
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Gregory DeTurck, piano

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 in E Major, S. 244/10 – Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Gregory DeTurck, piano

Élégie in C minor, Op. 24 – Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
Maxim Kozlov, cello, and Paul Sanchez, piano

Two Step, from Souvenirs, Op. 28, No. 4 – Samuel Barber (1910–1981)
Gregory DeTurck and Paul Sanchez, piano

Fader, stilla vara andar (2002) – David M. Gordon (b. 1971)
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Paul Sanchez, piano

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Maxim Kozlov

Maxim Kozlov
Maxim Kozlov Website

Maxim Kozlov has wide international solo and orchestral experience, having performed as a soloist and the Principal Cellist with internationally renowned Chamber Orchestra “Kremlin”, which is based in Moscow, Russia. With this orchestra, he gave over 700 concerts in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, as well as South Korea and China.

In 2001 he participated in “Polyphony of the World”, where he was invited to join “Kremerata Baltica” after a personal invitation from its Artistic Director, Gidon Kremer.

As a soloist he recorded two CD’s with the Chamber Orchestra “Kremlin” at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. As the Principal Cellist of “Kremlin”, Kozlov also recorded six CD’s with Claves Records, the Swiss Classical Label.

Some famous concert halls in which he performed include: Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Holland), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Merkin Concert Hall and Town Hall (New York), Orange County Performing Arts Center (Costa Mesa, California).

Maxim Kozlov served as the Principal Cellist in the Chamber Orchestra “Kremlin” (1995 – 2003) and the Principal Cellist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (2005 – 2012). He also played in the Lancaster Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony orchestras. In 2010 he won the Baltimore Symphony sub list audition. This season he made three tours to Macao, China and Portugal to perform as the Guest Principal Cellist in the Macao Orchestra.

Kozlov’s education is summarized by a Bachelor of Music degree from the Special Music College in Ekaterinburg, Russia; a Master’s from the Ural State Conservatory, Russia; and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Moscow State Conservatory, Russia. He received a Graduate Performing Diploma at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he was a Graduate Assistant of Alan Stepansky.

Maxim Kozlov is frequent solo performer, and is equally at home in chamber music. He was a founding member of Monument Piano Trio with Peabody Conservatory graduates Igor Yuzefovich, the Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony and Michael Sheppard. After moving to South Dakota he became a member of the Dakota String Quartet. Most recently, he participated in several chamber music recitals and master classes in Dakota Sky International Piano Festival with pianists Adam Golka, Paul Sanchez and Alessio Bax.

Kozlov’s recent solo appearances included Haydn’s C major concerto with the Chamber Orchestra “Kremlin” in the Quick Center at Fairfield University, Connecticut and Saint-Saens A minor concerto with the North Iowa Symphony Orchestra. He is a faculty member of the Carroll County String Project, which is located in Eldersburg, MD.

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Gregory DeTurck

Gregory DeTurck
Gregory DeTurck Website

Gregory DeTurck, DMA, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Julian Martin and Thomas Schumacher, respectively. As the winner of the 2010 William Petschek Award, he gave his formal debut recital at Alice Tully Hall. Notable solo recitals include appearances at Carnegie Hall during Liszt Discovery Day, on Radio Suisse Espace 2, and at the Deutsch-Amerikanische Institute as part of the Heidelberger Klavierwoche. He has won several top prizes on the international piano competition circuit, including the Raeburn Prize for Artist of Special Promise at the 2006 Honens Competition in Calgary. Gregory has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Thomas Ades’s Concerto Conciso with the composer as conductor, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, International Festival Orchestra Beijing, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, and several others within the Tri-State Area. As an alumnus of the Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute), Gregory has given concerts and helped lead outreach residencies in Tokyo, Merida, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Asturias, Baltimore, and New York. For the past three consecutive summers, he has served as adjunct faculty at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and two consecutive summers Valencia International Piano Academy from 2013-14; prior such services include the Gijon International Piano Fesitval and the American Academy in Beijing. Gregory currently lives in Philadelphia, where he works as a Lecturer of Music at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences.


Recital Program
Saturday, June 13 – 7:30pm

Fantasia No. 3 in D minor, K. 397 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Thema mit Variationen (2015, for Adam Golka, in memory of José Feghali) – Paul Sanchez (b. 1982)
Sonata in G Major, K. 454 – Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Sonata in D Major, K. 118 – Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Sonata in B minor, K. 87 – Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Sonata in E Major, K. 135 – Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Bagatelles, Op. 33 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Intermission

Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 (1978) – Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)
With Maxim Kozlov, cello
Cello Sonata – Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
With Maxim Kozlov, cello
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