Thursday, September 28, 2017
Free and Open to the Public
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Program will include:
- Fantasy in D minor, K. 397 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Four Preludes, Op. 1 (1955) – Henryk Górecki
- Piano Sonata No. 1 (1956, rev. 1990) – Henryk Górecki
- Twelve Etudes, Op. 10 – Frédéric Chopin
American pianist Roger McVey, DMA, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and New Zealand. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, of the University of Idaho. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. His past teachers include Menahem Pressler, Anton Nel, Jack Winerock, Herbert Stessin, and Henry Doskey.
McVey was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and was a Semi-Finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his “passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity.” His latest CD recording, from 2016, is entitled Ten Fingers and features music by Mozart, Chopin, Gareth Farr, Joaquin Rodrigo, and others. In addition to his solo performances, McVey was a founding member of the Trio St. Croix, and regularly collaborates as a chamber musician. He is a fervent advocate of contemporary music, and has collaborated with numerous leading American composers, such as Julia Wolfe, Marc Mellits, Libby Larsen, Eric Ewazen, Harvey Sollberger, Lori Laitman, Emma Lou Diemer, Harvey Sollberger, and Wynn-Anne Rossi.
An active clinician, McVey frequently gives master-classes and presentations at universities, music schools, and for music teacher associations. He is an adjudicator for the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and is a board member of the Idaho Music Teachers Association. He has presented at the College Music Society national conference, as well as for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and other groups. An avid fan of rock music, jazz, and hip-hop, McVey’s non-musical interests include cooking, playing chess, reading, surfing, and skiing. For more information, visit his website at rogermcvey.com.