"THE AUTHORITATIVE INTERPRETER"
Henry Doskey is a native of New Orleans, where he began his music studies with William Gillock in the mid-1950's, and saw many Gillock works as they appeared in manuscript, even playing some before they were published. Thus began a teacher-pupil relationship and friendship that lasted over thirty-five years. Shortly before his death in 1993, Gillock designated Doskey "the authoritative interpreter and judge of authenticity of stylistic treatment" in his music. He holds the B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, where he had courses in Piano Pedagogy with Louise Bianchi; and the Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University, where he was a student of and Special Assistant to Menahem Pressler, famed pianist and master teacher, and founder of the Beaux Arts Trio. His Doctoral Document, "The Piano Music Of Albert Roussel" (1981), is considered the most thorough treatment of the subject in English.
In 1976 Dr. Doskey joined the Artist Faculty of the East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville, North Carolina, where he chairs the Keyboard Department, and where he teaches piano, chamber music, and other courses for piano majors, including the Piano Literature sequence and a Skills for Piano Majors course, which he devised. His students have been award recipients in numerous piano competitions sponsored by such organizations as the Raleigh Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Music Teachers Associations, and MTNA. One of his students recently won the High School Composition Competition, sponsored by MTNA; another was a national finalist in the 2002 Baldwin Competition, and the Tar River Orchestra Association.
Doskey himself is the recipient of many awards, including the Sorantin Award (San Angelo, Texas Symphony Orchestra); the Musical Arts Award, presented by the Society of American Musicians, Chicago, which resulted in his successful appearance on the Allied Arts Piano Series in Orchestra Hall; and the 1998 Robert and Lina Mays award for Teaching Excellence, presented by the ECU Alumni Association. He has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and also as an accompanist and pianist in ensemble music of all kinds; his New York debut was in 1978.
In 1999 Doskey was invited to perform a solo recital at the Central Conservatory of Beijing, the major music school of the People's Republic of China; he also conducted a masterclass for students there. There has been a steadily increasing demand for these masterclasses and workshops, including those on the music of William Gillock. Indeed, the Gillock catalog has become an important part of Dr. Doskey's repertoire, as he presents more and more concerts and workshops of Gillock works. Notable among these is his performance of an all-Gillock program at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Convention in Albuquerque, N.M. (1995), and a Gillock lecture recital at the MTNA 2004 National Conference in Kansas City.. He has twice visited Tokyo, on the invitation of the Piano Teachers Music Guild, and presented a series of Gillock-related events, including an all-Gillock Lecture Recital and a series of masterclasses and private lessons. Dr. Doskey is also known for his special performances of the music of Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Scriabin, among others.
Some Gillock Workshop Topics that have proven popular:
- The Lyric Preludes and Their Use as a Tool to Develop Long-Range Listening
For more information on scheduling a Gillock workshop or concert, or a masterclass or piano recital in your area, contact Dr. Henry Doskey through: Green Mill Recordings: firstname.lastname@example.org