A native of Gadsden, Alabama, Roderick Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Birmingham-Southern College (magna cum laude). Mr. Ferguson later earned a Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston where he studied with world-renowned concert artist Abbey Simon. His studies have also taken him to the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and Northwestern University, where he undertook post-graduate study.
A two-time winner of the Alys R. Stephens Piano Competition (Alabama), winner of an Obelisk Award for excellence in the performing arts (Alabama) and the inaugural winner of the Brazos Valley Young Artists Competition (Texas), Mr. Ferguson has a wide range of musical interests, from the standard repertoire to new music. Other teachers include Roy McAllister, Daniel Ericourt, Delores Hodgens-Howard and Deborah Sobol.
Mr. Fergusonâ€™s performing credits include solo, chamber and orchestral engagements, both in the U.S. and Europe. Concerto performances include Mozartâ€™s K. 450, Beethovenâ€™s â€œEmperorâ€ Concerto and the Grieg Concerto. As a senior fellow for the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) and as a freelance artist, Mr. Ferguson has been a frequent guest at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicagoâ€™s WFMT radio stationâ€™s live broadcasts and in other venues around Chicagoland and beyond.
He and long-time colleague clarinetist Wagner Campos can be heard on â€œRomantic Songs for Clarinet and Pianoâ€ on the Southport label as well as on an upcoming recording (along with Julie DeRoche and Larry Combs of the DePaul University School of Music and Chicago Symphony) of music for two and three clarinets (to be released in 2008).
Together with Mr. Campos and flautist Julie Koidin, Mr. Ferguson formed Ensemble Facetada in 2007. This ensemble is devoted to the performance of chamber music of Latin American composers from Central and South America and the USA. Through Facetada, Mr. Ferguson shares his love of collaboration, premiering new music and working with students from elementary school to college in lecture and master class settings.
Mr. Ferguson has taught on the faculties of the Houston Conservatory of Music and the Musikschule Kassel in Kassel, Germany. In 2000, he co-founded and is now the artistic and executive director of The Musical Offering, a non-profit community music school in Evanston, IL. In addition to his piano and chamber music teaching and frequent performances at The Musical Offering, Mr. Ferguson directs a highly successful outreach program in the Evanston, IL public schools.
He is married to soprano Amy Conn and the proud father of a three year-old, Molly.
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