Lecture Performance with Sean Duggan, July 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM
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“The Many Faces of Bach’s Keyboard Music” — including Bach the virtuoso, the teacher, the contrapuntist, the humorist, and the melodist.
Born in Jersey City, NJ, Sean Duggan obtained his bachelor of music degree at Loyola University, New Orleans, his master of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University and his master of arts theology at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans. He entered the Benedictine order in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1988. He was a member of the piano faculty at University of Michigan from 2001 to 2004 and has been piano faculty at SUNY Fredonia from 2004 to present.
In September 1983 he won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for Pianists in Washington, D.C., and again in August 1991. Having a special affinity for the music of Bach, in 2000 he performed the complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard works eight times in various American and European cities. For seven years he hosted a weekly program on the New Orleans NPR station entitled “Bach on Sunday.” He is presently in the midst of recording the complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard (piano) music, which will comprise 24 CDs.
Duggan has performed with many orchestras including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the American Chamber Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. From 2001 to 2004 he was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Michigan. Currently he is associate professor of piano at SUNY at Fredonia. During the fall semester of 2008 he was also a guest professor of piano at Eastman School of Music.
Duggan has been a guest artist and adjudicator at the Chautauqua Institution for several summers, and is also a faculty member of the Golandsky Institute at Princeton, New Jersey. He continues to study the Taubman approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City.