About the Director
Native Houstonian TIMOTHY HESTER graduated from The Juilliard School as a student of the renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus. Currently, Mr. Hester is Professor of Piano at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where he also enjoys instructing students in the skills of sight reading, collaborative techniques and also serves as Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year (2014) by the Texas Music Teacher’s 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’s has appeared worldwide in venues in Britain, France, Italy, China, The Netherlands, Mexico, Greece, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. He has been a regular performing faculty member of the Schlern International Music Festival in Northern Italy. In the United States, he has performed the NYC Bargemusic Series, the Ojai Festival in California, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival in Utah, the Texas Music Festival, and the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma as well as performing with Da Camera, a 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, Eugenia Zukerman, Leon Speirer, Robert White, Mary Jane Johnson, 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 esteemed University of Houston colleagues. Mr. Hester’s discography includes twentieth century works of Robert Beaser, Arnold Rosner, Michael Horvit, Roy Harris, Samuel Barber and Bohuslav Martinu as well as the solo CD “KUHF Sessions”, the first recording made in Houston Public Radio’s new studio. In addition, Mr. Hester studied extensively with 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 and many others.