Kara Huber

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American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post during a recent performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote that she plays “technically difficult solo passages with uncanny accuracy.”

Ms. Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center and in the Eastern Illinois University Guest Artist Series. This season she will be performing in the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, NY. Kara attended the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) where she performed the Gershwin Concerto in F with the EMF Orchestra. Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, PianoArts Solo and Concerto Competition, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Oberlin International Piano Competition, Michigan Music Teacher’s Association Concerto Competition, Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Illinois State Music Teachers Association Solo Competition. Kara has attended summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest in the Hamptons, CCM Spoleto, Eastern Music Festival, Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival, and Indiana University Piano Academy.

Ms. Huber is an advocate of new music and played an active role in CCM’s Modern Music Ensemble. She works closely with living composers and has collaborated with Percussion Group Cincinnati. Also a collaborative pianist, Kara accompanies many vocalists, instrumentalists, and ballet classes. Having a passion for opera and musical theater, Ms. Huber enjoys performing in pit orchestras as a keyboardist and conductor. She has studied conducting with Mark Gibson and Annunziata Tomaro.

Ms. Huber has performed in master classes for internationally renowned artists such as Ian Hobson, Markus Groh, Steven Mayer, Victor Rosenbaum, Irina Morozova, Jeffery Swann, Robert McDonald, Jerome Rose, Douglas Humpherys, and Graham Johnson. Past teachers have included W. David Hobbs, Karen Taylor, Michael Coonrod, Yoshi Nagai, Paul Schenly, and Jerome Lowenthal.

First picking up melodies by ear at an early age, Ms. Huber began private lessons at the age of five. At sixteen, she was admitted to the Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) in Michigan. She spent two years at IAA and made her orchestral debut with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

Kara has received degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Frank Weinstock and Awadagin Pratt. She is pursuing a career as a concert pianist as an artist at the Banff Centre creative music residency.

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