The STUDENTS’ MASTER CLASS will take place on Monday, April 30, 2018.
This year’s teacher will be JOHN FERGUSON.
John Ferguson’s performances have been praised for their “proselytizing zeal–along with fleet fingers, power, and fine dynamic control” (Boston Globe) and “impressive qualities of pianistic brilliance, strength, intellect and sensitivity” (Sacramento Bee). Ferguson has performed solo recitals in major cities throughout the U.S., including concert series and festivals in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, and Providence.
Ferguson is an active chamber musician in the Boston area, having performed at Jordan Hall, the Longy School of Music, Boston Conservatory, and Boston University, among other venues. He holds a doctoral degree in piano from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Edward Auer and Menahem Pressler. He has had master classes and lessons with Gilbert Kalish, Stephen Drury, Ursula Oppens, and Leonard Hokanson, and he studied composition privately with Lukas Foss.
Ferguson’s diversity as a musician has enriched not only his performances but also his wide-ranging work as an educator. He has taught numerous piano students of all levels—in community music schools, private lessons, and as an associate instructor at Indiana University. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Conducting at Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Staff Accompanist at Boston Conservatory and Emerson College, and string instrument teacher in several public school programs in Boston. He currently works for the Brookline Public Schools, where he teaches string instruments and conducts the Brookline Youth Orchestra. His personal webpage can be found at johnferguson.org