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Program information:

Nocturne #2, Op. 33, No. 2 (c. 1881)
Ballade, Op. 19 (1877-79)
Impromptu #5, Op. 102 (1908-09)
Valse-caprice #3, Op. 59 (1887-93)
     Monique Duphil, piano 

Piano Quartet #1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1876-83)
    Monique Duphil, piano
    Marjorie Bagley, violin
    Scott Rawls, viola
    Alexander Ezerman, violoncello

Guest artist:

At the age of ten, Monique Duphil entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and studied with Jean Doyen, Marguerite Long and Joseph Calvet.  Having won the First Prize in piano at 16, she graduated the following year with the Grand Prize in professional chamber music.  Later studies were with Harriet Serr and Vladimir Horbowski in South America and Germany.

She made her formal debut at 15, performing Mendelssohn’s G-minor Piano Concerto with “Orchestre de la Société des Concerts” (now Orchestre de Paris), and she soon earned prizes in four international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.  Appearing in more than 2000 concerts throughout the world, she has performed recitals, chamber music, and concerts with orchestras in Western and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Korea, Japan, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, North Africa, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and almost every country in South and Central America.  The duo she formed in 1976 with her husband Jay Humeston, formerly Hong Kong Philharmonic’s principal cellist, was highly successful in America, Europe and throughout Asia.

In recognition of her spectacular debut in the United States with the Philadelphia Orchestra, substituting on a few hour’s notice for cellist M. Rostropovich, Ms. Duphil was reengaged by Eugene Ormandy to appear with him four more times. Invited by Charles Dutoit, she recorded in live performance the Ginastera Piano Concerto No. 1 for the Swiss Radio with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, in presence of the composer.  The Cleveland Orchestra chose her to premiere the Roger Sessions Piano Concerto in 1985.

Others among the numerous symphony orchestras with which Monique Duphil has perfomed are Québec, Warsaw, Bern, Munich, París, Caracas, Mexico, Lima, Río de Janeiro, Seoul, Tokyo Metropolitan, Kanazawa, Sapporo, Taipei, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore, Hanoi, Sidney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and the New Zealand Symphony, under the direction of conductors such as Ormandy, Markevich, M. Shostakovich, Smetacek, Wislocki, Akiyama, Fukumura, Sir Alexander Gibson, George Hurst, Peter Maag, Charles Dutoit, Thomas Sanderling, Ling Tung, Vladimir Verbitsky, Gerard Schwarz, Irwin Hofman, Louis Lane, Timothy Weiss, Eduardo Mata, James de Preist and many other distinguished Maestros.

Ms. Duphil was invited by the Shanghai Symphony to be their soloist at the China International Arts Festival in Beijing.

An avid chamber musician, Monique Duphil has partnered many renowned artists like Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Karl Leister, Pierre Fournier, Regis Pasquier, Gerard Poulet, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Hermann Baumann, Cho-Liang Lin, Michel Debost, Alex Klein; and, among others, the Chester, Portland, St Petersburg, Haydn, Vienna Philharmonic, Musikverein and the American String Quartets, as well as the Salzburg Mozarteum Trio.

Ms. Duphil was on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and Senior Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist College before being appointed in 1994 as Professor of Pianoforte at the renowned Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in the USA. She has also given masterclasses in many countries, particularly in Asia where she is regularly invited to hold seminars on piano repertoire.

Ms. Duphil has been a judge in many International Piano Contests, such as J. S. Bach International Competition in Germany (Saarbrücken and Würzburg); the Emil Gilels International Piano Competition in Odessa; the Neuhaus International Piano Competition in Russia; the Maracaibo International Piano  Competition in Venezuela, the 2nd Thailand International Piano Competition in September 2011, as well as numerous national and international competitions in the United States.

Ms. Duphil has recorded for Polydor, Avila, Telefunken, Marco Polo, and Naxos.

Event information:

Friday, June 2, 2012, 8 pm
Recital Hall
UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Free parking in McIver St. deck opposite Music Building (W. Market and McIver)

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