Timothy Hester, piano
Celebrating his 27th year with the Texas Music Festival, native Houstonian TIMOTHY HESTER is Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. During his career, he has championed the music of Johannes Brahms, performing a vast majority of composer’s works—instrumental sonatas, lieder, solo piano works and both piano concertos. At the University of Houston, he organized and performed on two Brahmsfests (2002 & 2016) and also performed a concert of early solo piano works of Brahms on a piano from the period (2008). Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year (2014) by the Texas Music Teachers’ Association, Mr. Hester works with many vocalists in the Houston area, has taught Opera Studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and also served on the faculty of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Mr. Hester has appeared worldwide in venues in Britain, France, Italy, China, The Netherlands, Mexico, Greece, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. He has performed on the Bargemusic Series in New York, the Ojai Festival in California, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival in Utah, the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy, the Texas Music Festival in Houston, and the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as well as performing regularly with Da Camera, the nationally-recognized, Houston-based chamber music ensemble. He has especially enjoyed collaboration with such artists as Fredell Lack, Paula Robison, Patricia Racette, Ransom Wilson, Christiaan Bor, Nathaniel Rosen, Arturo Delmoni, Nina Beilina, William Sharp, Jon Kimura Parker, Eugenia Zukerman, Leon Spierer, Robert White, Mary Jane Johnson, Elmar Oliveira, Chi Liming, Carmen Pelton, Uri Pianka, Phyllis Pancella, Stefano Algieri, Lucy Shelton, Karol Bennett, Isabelle Ganz, Mitchell Stern, Paul Neubauer, Patrick Wroblewski, Joan Gibbons and Reiko Watanabe—as well as with his University of Houston colleagues. Mr. Hester’s discography includes 20th century works of David Ashley White, Robert Beaser, Kenneth Frazelle, Arnold Rosner, Michael Horvit, Roy Harris, Samuel Barber and Bohuslav Martinu, as well as two solo piano recordings entitled KUHF Sessions.
Mr. Hester is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with renowned pedagogue, Adele Marcus. In addition, he studied extensively with UH Professor Emeritus, Albert Hirsh, and maintains a busy accompanying schedule, also having played master classes for Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Carol Wincenc, Richard Stoltzman, Elena Nikolaidi, Renato Capecchi, Vladimir Spivakov, Ruggiero Ricci, Paula Robison, William Preucil and many others.
Photo Credit: Evin Thayer Studios