Duane Hulbert, piano
Duane Hulbert is Juilliard-trained concert pianist and teacher. He has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony. His primary teachers have been Jeaneane Dowis at the Aspen Music Festival and Sascha Gorodnitzki at Juilliard. His first CD, the complete works of Alexander Glazunov, volume I was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002.
In 1980, Hulbert captured the Grand Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Competition. He has made recital appearances at the Ambassador Series in Pasadena, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Kaufmann Hall in New York and on Myra Hess Series in Chicago. He performed for composers Aaron Copland at Carnegie Hall and for Elliott Carter at the Aspen Music Festival.
As a composer, Hulbert has written four musicals with his wife, Judy Carlson. They have also collaborated on several original works for children’s concerts, including “The Wild Adventures of Pecos Bill,” a work composed at an artist’s residency at the Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming in 2012. Hulbert and Carlson expanded the work in 2016 for full orchestra. The couple continues to create new works that introduce classical music to children through music and the spoken word. Among the recent collaborations are “Harriet Tubman’s Journeys” for clarinet, ‘cello and piano (2017) and “John Glenn: An American Pioneer,” for trumpet, bass and piano (2018).
Hulbert recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Music after a 30-year career at the University of Puget Sound. He now teaches privately in his Tacoma, Washington studio working with talented young pianists from Puget Sound area. His students have won top prizes in the MTNA National Competition, the E-Competition and Carmel Klavier Prize in Indiana. His former students hold faculty positions at The San Francisco Conservatory, Baldwin Wallace College, Baylor University and the Conservatori Liceu in Barcelona.