Dr. Janet Heukeshoven
Dr. Ned Kirk
Piano, Music Theory
Music Scholarship Coordinator
152 St. Yon’s Hall
Campus PO: #1460
Ned Kirk possesses a deep commitment to sharing music with diverse audiences around the globe. His performance schedule regularly takes him from the concert halls of China, to recital series around the United States, and from schools in Kenya, to performance spaces in Winona, Minnesota, where Kirk is serving in his sixth season as Artistic and Managing Director of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.
2011-2012 concert season highlights included solo and collaborative recitals and master classes in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. Kirk performed a solo recital at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a recital and master class at Huizhou University in Huizhou, China, and performed on a televised gala concert for a live audience of three thousand people commemorating the founding of Huizhou University. Kirk also gave a recital with violinist Qian Zhou in Shenzhen, China. In addition, Kirk performed with legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis to open the 2012 Minnesota Beethoven Festival. The upcoming concert season features Kirk in performances, serving on a piano competition jury, and participating in teaching collaborations in Hong Kong, China, Germany, Kenya and the United States.
Kirk derives equal enjoyment from solo, concerto and chamber music activities, and has collaborated with numerous outstanding musicians, many of whom serve as conductors and principles in major orchestras around the world – Michala Petri, Michael Christie, Kevin Kenner, Qian Zhou, Li-Wei Qin, Lionel Tan, Charles Kavalowski, Glenn Einschlag, Olav Van Hezewijk, Ron Ephrat, Jeffrey Work, David Jones, Lisa-Maree Amos, Daniel Rothmuller and Donald McInnes. He has appeared as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and the Shasta Symphony. In addition, Kirk served as orchestral pianist for the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado for three summers, performing many of the seminal orchestral works that feature piano, including Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Piazzolla's Three Chamber Pieces for piano and string orchestra, Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals for two pianos, Copland's Appalachian Spring and Billy the Kid.
Kirk studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and holds a doctorate from the University of Washington. His piano and chamber music coaches have included Craig Sheppard, Walter Hautzig, Nigel Coxe, Earl Carlyss, Tinka Knopp and Charles Treger.
In addition to his performance career, Kirk is equally dedicated to teaching. He has taught at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington; spent four summers teaching piano master classes to students from rural Alaska at the Sitka Fine Arts Institute in Sitka, Alaska; served on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, for seven years; is currently serving a three-year term as Guest Professor at Huizhou University in Huizhou, China; and is Professor of Music at Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. www.nedkirk.com
COURSES CURRENTLY TAUGHT
- MUL104-404 Applied Piano
- MU 130 Music Fundamentals I
- MU 131 Music Fundamentals II
- MU 160 Music Theory I
- MU 165 Music Theory II
- MU 260 Music Theory III
- MU 448 Form & Analysis
DMA, piano performance; University of Washington
Major Teacher: Craig Sheppard
Dissertation: Grazyna Bacewicz and Social Realism
MM, piano performance; University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Major Teacher: Nigel Coxe
BM, piano performance; Peabody Conservatory of Music
Major Teacher: Walter Hautzig