Duane Hulbert is a Grammy-nominated pianist and has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras in the United States, including the Minnesota, Dallas, and North Carolina symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic. Among other important concert series on which he has performed are the American States Hall Series in Washington D.C., the Ambassador Recital Series in Pasadena, and the Myra Hess Series in Chicago. He has also appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington as a guest artist with the Aspen Music Festival. His New York recital debut in 1991 was at the Merkin Recital Hall. Most recently, he appeared with the Seattle Symphony in a series of children’s concerts in March 2006, and was featured soloist with the Tacoma Symphony in April 2007.
Dr. Hulbert’s CD of Glazunov piano works was nominated for 2002 Grammy award. He often appears in chamber music recitals with members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Chamber Players and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. As a professor at the University of Puget Sound, his students have gone on to win major national and international competitions and hold prestigious faculty positions throughout the U.S. He has toured the United States and Europe, winning rave critical reviews and enthusiastic audience response. The Minnesota native has delighted audiences with his "outrageously brilliant technique and spellbinding dynamic control." He has been praised by the Los Angeles Times for a "singing tone of some size and a legato touch rare in any pianist born after 1930."
Born in St. Paul, MN and raised in Eden Prairie, MN Dr. Hulbert began his studies in Minneapolis with Gary Sipes and continued with Sascha Gorodnitzki and Jeaneane Dowis in New York, receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He has been featured in the television documentary "The Winners of the Gina Bachauer Competition." Dr. Hulbert has been invited three times to appear in recital at the Gina Bachauer Festival. He returned to judge the Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Competition in June 2001, and participated in a 20th anniversary commemorative CD featuring all of the past winners of the competition. In the summer of 2000, Dr. Hulbert taught chamber music and conducted master classes at the Music Studies Abroad program for American and French musicians held in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. Duane Hulbert also appeared as a guest artist at the Eastman School of Music Piano Festival in July 2003.
In 1980, Dr. Hulbert captured the grand prize in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Since that time, he has added to this major achievement a collection of notable awards. These include prizes from the 1981 Leeds Competition in England, the 1984 Paloma O'Shea Competition in Spain, and the 1985 American Music Competition in New York.
At the University of Puget Sound, where he is head of the piano department, Hulbert was awarded a John Lantz Senior Sabbatical Fellowship for the 1999-2000 academic year. In 2005 and again in 2011, he was honored by the university with the title, “Distinguished Professor of Music.”
In addition to his performing, he is also a composer. He and his wife Judy Carlson Hulbert have written a CD for children, “The Orchestra’s Party,” and five musicals for children and teens.
In July 2013, Hulbert was awarded an Artist’s Residency at Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming where he composed and orchestrated the music to “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale of the Wild West” which is a classical piece with narration for a chamber orchestra of 20. He also wrote an original piano work, “Brush Creek Rhapsody” which provided the soundtrack of a short film about the ranch.
In October 2014, Hulbert released a 4 CD set "Glazunov: The Complete Piano Works" which can be purchased on Amazon,
Hulbert recently launched his YouTube Channel which features performances and teaching techniques: