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McHugh-Oliphant Duo

Pianist Naomi Oliphant and violinist Peter McHugh make up the McHugh-Oliphant Duo, duo-in-residence at the University of Louisville School of Music. The two play some 40 concerts a year together. In addition to three European tours, they have played as part of such illustrious series as The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago.

Naomi OliphantNaomi has earned an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. Her solo appearances include engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Ballet, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Niagara Symphony. She has appeared on radio and television in North America and Europe, and in 1989 accepted an invitation to perform and lecture in Japan. In 1995, she premiered Fantasia, a solo piano work by Frederick Speck, and later performed it at the 1995 Music Teachers National Convention, where it was the winning work for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award.

A former chair of the Keyboard/Vocal Performance Department at U of L, Naomi was appointed associate dean of the School of Music in 1998. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from U of L, a D.M.A. in performance (piano chamber music and accompanying) from the University of Michigan, and the Master Teacher Certificate from the MTNA.

Peter McHughPeter is a Distinguished Professor of Violin at U of L. He has been concertmaster and soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and Oklahoma Symphony and has played with the Dallas Symphony, World Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New Century Chamber Orchestra as well as the famous Casals Festival Orchestra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has played for such notable conductors as George Szell, Charles Munch, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Sixten Ehrling and with such artists as Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Arthur Rubinstein. Peter has recorded for RCA, New Albion Records, and Louisville First Edition Recordings.

Program 437

A look at homemade art, including the “Art Car” phenomenon and the work of Louisville’s own “Junk Genius,” artist and collector Harold Mitchell, plus music by the McHugh-Oliphant Duo. (#437)


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