HPU to Host Piano Recital Featuring High Point Native Dr. James Giles


James GilesHIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 – The Department of Music at High Point University will host a piano recital featuring Dr. James Giles, coordinator of the piano program and director of graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. The recital will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Hayworth Chapel.

Following the recital at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend a masterclass where HPU piano students will work directly with Giles. The masterclass will be followed by a short question-and-answer session with the guest artist. The events are free and open to the public.

Giles, a native of High Point, will perform a collection of works from some of the world’s greatest composers, including Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Sergei Prokofiev, as well as a piece by Richard Wagner in recognition of his bicentennial, and a piece by Ned Rorem that was commissioned by Giles. He has performed both nationally and internationally, in important musical centers in America, Europe and Asia.

“We are honored to bring Dr. Giles to our campus as we continue to build a music department of national distinction,” says Marcia Dills, assistant professor of music. “Not only is Jim Giles a world class performer he is an excellent teacher as well.”

Giles, a Fulbright Scholar and winner of first prizes at several international piano competitions, studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College. He has previously performed at the Nancy Music Festival in France, the Accademia Cristofori in Florence, the Gijon Piano Festival in Spain, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy and the Beijing International Music Festival. This season, Giles will record with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia and also has recitals scheduled in Florida, California, North Carolina and France, as well as master classes in Hong Kong and at the Shanghai Conservatory. He also serves as a regular instructor and performer at the Eastern Music Festival.

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