Steinway Artist and Petrie School of Music instructor Dr. Douglas Weeks will present a free faculty recital Monday, April 7 at 8 pm in Daniel Recital Hall on the campus of Converse College.
Weeks says that he will perform “two sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, three late pieces: ‘Drei Klavierstucke’ by Franz Schubert, ‘Symphonic Etudes’ by Robert Schumann – a virtuosic Romantic work, the pieces in ‘Iberia Bk. 1’ by Isaac Albeniz – very Spanish and very luscious, and finally eight songs from the Gershwin Songbook which Gershwin himself transcribed for solo piano. a little something for everyone.”
Weeks is Chair of the Petrie School’s Department of Performance. He was named a Steinway Artist in December 2005, joining the worldwide Steinway Artist roster which includes such immortals as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Vladimir Horowitz, Ignace Paderewski, Cole Porter and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Today’s Steinway Artists include the leading stars in the musical firmament, among them Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Van Cliburn, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Evgency Kissin, Peter Nero, Maurizio Pollini, Billy Taylor and Roger Williams.
Weeks has performed and taught in twelve countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia under sponsorship of the US Information Agency. He taught for four months at the Conservatory of Music in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Most recently, he has performed as soloist with the Spartanburg and Greenville, SC Symphonies, the Winterthur (Switzerland) Symphony, and in Panama City, Panama with the Converse Trio.
A prize winner in the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, Weeks competed in the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He is a National Patron of Delta Omicron Music Honorary Fraternity and a two-time recipient of the SC Arts Commission’s Artist Fellowship in Music. He has been awarded the Kathryne Amelia Brown Award at Converse for excellence in teaching and a SC Commission on Higher Education’s Distinguished Professor Award. His articles have appeared in Clavier and in the on-line journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum.
Weeks holds a B.M. from Illinois State University, a M.M., with a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, a D.M. from Florida State University, and a License de Concert from the Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, France. His teachers include Abbey Simon, Jack Radunsky, Edward Kilenyi, Tong Il Han, Rosina Lhevinne, and Maria Curcio Diamand.