Nancy Lee Harper, SMC pianist

Nancy Lee Harper, DMA holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas at Denton (1985), as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Texas at Austin (1970). She is also an accomplished harpsichordist/fortepianist. Post-graduate studies were done at the Royal Academy of Music in London in harpsichord, accompanying, chamber music and composition. Her piano teachers have included: Larry Walz, Ralph Berkowitz, Frank Mannheimer, Dalies Frantz, Denise Lassimonne, Verna Harder, Nena Wideman, and coaching with Carola Grindea.

Listed in American Keyboard Artists, she has performed with such musicians as conductor Nicholas McGegan; former members of the Beaux Arts Trio Ida Kafavian (violin) and Peter Wiley (violoncello); singers from the Metropolitan Opera and City Opera Jean Kraft, Maralin Niska, Joyce Castle, Bruce Brewer, and William Parker; countertenor Paul Esswood, contralto Margun Risa, and bass-baritone António Salgado; trompeter Stephen Burns; violinists Bijan Khadem-Missagh, Jaime Laredo, James Oliver Buswell III, and Jack Glatzer; violist David Wyn Lloyd; violoncellists Rohan de Saram, Peter Retjo, Gwendolyn Marie Watson; flautists István Matuz, Ransom Wilson, Jorge Correia, and Ariadne Paixão; clarinetist Howard Klug; lutenist Jurgen Hübscher; and pianist-composer Marc Neikrug. She has performed at Festivals in Santa Fe, Taos, Seattle, London (England), Kristiansund (Norway), Cyprus (2007), Montenegro (2007) and Aveiro (Portugal). She has been member of the Jury of the 1st International Gustav Mahler Piano Competition in Jihlava, Czech Republic, the International Festival of Young Pianists in Nicosia, Cyprus, the Helena Sá e Costa International Piano Competition in Portugal, the 3rd International Isidor Bajic Memorial Competition in Serbia-Montenegro, the 5th EPTA International Young Pianists Competition in Croatia, and the IBLA International Grand Prize in Sicily (2006), as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Bahá’í Arts Academy in England.

Literary and academic pursuits include: the publication of the books Manuel de Falla: a Bio-bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1998), Manuel de Falla: His Life and Music (Scarecrow Press, 2005), Portuguese Piano Music: A Brief Introduction and Annotated Bibliography (with CD, forthcoming, Scarecrow Press) Correntes pedagógicas no ensino de música: uma introdução (forthcoming, Editorial da Universidade de Aveiro) and a chapter “Baroque Fingering: What can the Modern Pianist Learn?” in Joseph Banowetz’s The Pianist’s Guide to Fingering (forthcoming, Indiana University Press); more than 70 articles and reviews in 5 languages in Oxford University Press’s Music & LettersMLA Notes, Piano Quarterly, Journal of the American Liszt SocietyAmerican Music Teacher, Piano Journal (EPTA), ComunicArteBiltenParlando, extempore, and various dictionary articles on Ibero-American composers for Scarecrow Press (Biographical Dictionary of Latin American Classical Composers, ed. Miguel Ficher, 1996) and Círculo de Leitores (Enciclopédia de Música Portuguesa do Século XX, ed. Salwa Castelo-Branco); and coordinator of editions of music and of conference proceedings. Too, she has served as referee for the University of Melbourne’s (Australia) musicological magazine, Context. Her lecture-recitals feature such topics as: “Liszt in Portugal”, “The Iberian Elements in the Scarlatti Sonatas”, “Portuguese Piano Music”, “The Interpretation of Manuel de Falla’s Fantasía bætica”, amongst others.