Robert Roux began his career at age 10 with a performance on the nationally televised Lawrence Welk Show. Since that time, he has been a winner of several piano competitions in the United States, including the United States Information Agencyâ€™s Artistic Ambassador Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. A Steinway Artist, Rouxâ€™s performances include appearances at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Stude Concert Hall in Houston on the Horowitz Steinway, St.
â€śWhat an amazing way to mark the 100th anniversary ofÂ The Rite of Spring. Stunning!â€ť These words from the Toronto Star echoed glowing reviews across North America for Jon Kimura Parkerâ€™s CD,Â Rite, which includes world premiere recordings of his solo piano transcriptions of Stravinskyâ€™sÂ The Rite of SpringÂ andÂ Petrouchka. Parkerâ€™s most recent CDÂ FantasyÂ has garnered similar praise from Classical Candor: â€śThe reading is riveting. I canâ€™t remember when this work so engrossed me. Parker scores with another favorite recording of the year.â€ť
Pianist Sohyoung Park, born in Seoul, Korea, is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout Europe, the United States and Korea. Her performances include appearances at the Salle de Cortot in Paris, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in LĂĽbeck, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Auditorium del Museo revoltella in Trieste, Amalfi Music Festival in Vietri sul mare, Mozart Museum in Prague, the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, a series of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in Lancing, and Duncan Recital Hall and Moore Opera House in Houston. Dr.
Jeanne Kierman Fischer specializes in contemporary American piano music and has presented solo recitals in Africa and North America. As a chamber musician, she appears regularly at festivals such as Tanglewood, Da Camera of Houston, Mohawk Trail concerts, Chamber Music Ann Arbor, Maverick concerts and Juneau Jazz and Classics. Formerly on the faculties of Dartmouth College and the Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Kierman toured extensively under sponsorship by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Vermont & Ohio Arts Councils.
Paula Page, born in Odessa, Texas and raised in Philadelphia, served as Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony from 1984 until her retirement from the orchestra in 2014. Prior to her Houston appointment, she was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the dual positions of harpist and keyboard artist.
Matthew Strauss has been applauded throughout the United States as an energetic percussionist and timpanist with a diverse musical background. In addition to his positions as Percussionist with the Houston Symphony and Timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, Mr. Strauss is currently an Associate Professor of Percussion at Rice University, Lecturer at the University of Miamiâ€™s Frost School of Music and faculty member at the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston.
Richard Brown, a native of Philadelphia, earned his bachelor of music from Temple University in Philadelphia and his masterÂ´s degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He started his career with the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia in 1968. He played in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C., and then moved to Houston to perform with the Houston Symphony, a position he held for eight years. While in Houston, he established the percussion department at The Shepherd School of Music.
David Kirk has served on The Shepherd School of Music faculty since 1982.Â
Principal Trombonist with the Houston Symphony, Allen Barnhill joined the orchestra in 1977 and has been featured as a soloist on numerous occasions. His 2008 world premiere of Cindy McTeeâ€™s Solstice for Trombone and Orchestra was hailed by the Houston Chronicle: â€śBarnhill played with masterful control. His tone was burnished, his legato a pleasure for its seamlessness, and his power and agility impressive.â€ť Winner of the Swiss Prize at the 1979 Geneva International Solo Competition, he has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras, bands, in solo recitals and as a chamber musician.