Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Gregory Hayes and Rebecca Hartka
Gregory Hayes has taught piano and harpsichord at Dartmouth College since1991, where he is a senior lecturer. A busy chamber musician, he has performed on keyboard instruments of various kinds with the Springfield, Vermont, and Albany Symphony Orchestras and with the regional Baroque ensemble, Arcadia Players. Hayes often performs with The New England Bach Festival, The Marlboro Music Festival, and Mohawk Trail Concerts series. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and the Manhattan School of Music, and the longtime music director for the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. A resident of Goshen, he has taught for many summers at Greenwood Music Camp in nearby Cummington.
Active as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator, cellist Dr. Rebecca Hartka released her debut CD Folkfire in October 2010, receiving critical acclaim as well as NPR play including a feature on Paul Elisha's Performance Place. During her international debut tour of Southeast Asia, a performance in Vietnam was reviewed as "... no less than magical and eloquent." As founding member of Trio Lumiere, Hartka performed numerous concerts throughout New England; the trio competed as semi-finalists in the 2012 International Chamber Ensemble Competition. As comfortable in a symphony hall as a folk club, Hartka has appeared in venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall in New York and Club Passim in Cambridge. In the past few years Hartka appeared as a solo recitalist in the North Quabbin Center for the Arts Series, the Exploring the Arts series, the 88 Keys series, and the Jazz and More series, among others. As a Deans Scholar, Hartka earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from Boston University College of Fine Arts and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory studying with Andor Toth, Rhonda Rider and Leslie Parnas, among others. A more complete bio, schedule information, and the opportunity to purchase her CD can be found at rebeccahartka.com/ .
We welcome the duo to their first performance on our concert series.