Academy Artists Presents
GEOFFREY DUCEPiano Recital and Chamber Music Concert
February 10, 2013, 2:00 pm Olympic View Community Church
425 Northeast 95th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
Geoffrey Duce, PianoPam Liu, ViolinJennifer Glenn, ViolaMichael Center, Cello
Program includes Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor
Originally from Scotland, pianist Geoffrey Duce has performed throughout Europe, in the USA, Japan and Hong Kong, including in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall.
A versatile musician, Geoffrey’s career has featured both solo and collaborative performances. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the New York Sinfonietta, the Scottish Sinfonia, the Edinburgh Philharmonic and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, and as a chamber musician and accompanist he has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Hong Kong Radio, and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He won the Young Artists Award from Britain's National Federation of Music Societies, and was awarded the Prix de Piano at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. He has given masterclasses at colleges and music schools, including at Shorter and Darton Colleges in Georgia, at the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle, and in the Middle East.
Geoffrey Duce initially studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University, UK, before receiving a DAAD scholarship to the Universität der Künste, Berlin. His teachers have included Phillip Kawin, Klaus Hellwig, Ferenc Rados and Renna Kellaway. He received his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, where he was also a faculty member, and has also taught at SUNY (State University of New York).Pamela Liu, AMNW violin faculty and host of this program, has been in demand as a performer and pedagogue since returning to the Northwest six years ago. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and was a member of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan, before attending the University of Washington where she received a Masters Degree in Violin Performance.A devoted mentor to young musicians, Ms. Liu coaches and teaches with The Academy of Music Northwest, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Musicworks Northwest. An active performer, Ms. Liu is the concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony, studio recording musician with SEATTLEMUSIC, and part of the violin-guitar duo, Tutti Dolce, with husband Chris Liu.Jennifer Glenn has performed throughout the United States, Austria, China and Mexico. She received her Bachelors in Viola Performance from the University of the Pacific, and Masters in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona . She did further studies in Vienna, Austria . Her primary teachers include Joyce Ramee, Dr. Michael Allard, Hong-Mei Xiao, and Gertrude Rossbacher, former violist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Currently free-lancing throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, Jennifer regularly performs with the Yakima and Federal Way Symphonies, Seattle Choral Company and Puget Sound Concert Opera. She is also involved in film and videogame soundtrack recordings and coaching chamber music at Academy of Music Northwest.Michael Center holds degrees in music from the New England Conservatory and the Peabody Institute. where his teachers were Colin Carr and Ronald Thomas. His early studies were with Toby Saks. As an orchestral musician, he has been a member of the Sacramento Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Washington Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member and principal cellist.
While in Baltimore, he played with the award-winning Trio Fervore, which played many concerts and was featured in radio broadcasts in Boston, Baltimore, and New York. As a chamber musician, he has also concertized with members of the Julliard, Vermeer, Chicago, and Audubon String Quartets and regularly appears with musicians from the San Francisco, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Chicago Symphonies. Mr. Center has participated in the Prague, Taos, Music in the Mountains, Red Rocks and Utah chamber music festivals. He has performed chamber music, concertos, and recitals on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in Europe.
Michael Center has taught chamber music and cello lessons at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Peabody Conservatory as the teaching assistant of Ronald Thomas. He is currently the principal cellist of LUCO, appears regularly in cello/piano duo recitals with his wife Annie, and in his spare time enjoys cooking and building fine furniture.
Geoffrey Duce Piano Recital and Chamber Music Concert 22.09