Appointed in 2013 as the Artistic Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Douglas Humpherys has been associated with the Bachauer Competition since winning the gold medal in 1976. His concert career has spanned four decades across four continents. A frequent guest artist in Beijing, he has performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall. He has presented concerts and lecture-recitals throughout the Chinese conservatory and university system, including the Central, Shanghai, China, Wuhan, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Cheng-Du, Xian, Dalian, and Xiamen Conservatories, as well as Beijing, Qinghua, Renmin Universities and the Shenzhen School of the Arts. In 2002 he made his Korean debut in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall, and during a 2007 tour of Taiwan, he performed in the cities of Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.
Currently listed on the artists’ roster of Steinway and Sons, Mr. Humpherys often performs in Europe, with solo concerts in Moscow, Novgorod, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Venice, and Dublin, and additional engagements in Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Serbia. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada, at numerous universities and festivals. Recently, he was a guest artist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and performed on the DiMenna Center Concert Series in New York City. He concertized and taught in Argentina with Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur, a project sponsored in part by the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Mr. Humpherys completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where he is Professor and Chair of the Piano Department. During his student days he studied with Nelita True, Martin Canin, and Robert Smith. In high demand as a teacher, he has been appointed to visiting residencies at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the University of Michigan. His students have won numerous honors in competitions, including prizes at the Honens, Cleveland, Hilton Head, and Poulenc International Piano Competitions; the Osaka, Pacific, Seattle, San Jose, and Wideman Competitions; as well as five national first-prize winners of MTNA Competitions.
He has taught hundreds of master classes at universities and conservatories including the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, many of the major conservatories in China, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, the Korean National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has been a recent faculty member at numerous summer festivals, including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Beijing International Piano Festival, the Shanghai International Piano Festival and Institute, the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy at Curtis, the Washington DC Piano Festival, the Interlochen Piano Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Northern Lights Music Festival, and the North Coast International Piano Festival in California.
Mr. Humpherys has served on the jury of the Bachauer Competition sixteen times, and he has adjudicated the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff International Young Artists’ Piano Competition in Russia, the Ricardo Viñes International Piano Competition in Spain, the 1st Korea International Competition for Young Artists, the PTNA National Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.