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Puget Sound Piano Trio Recital

8 p.m., Wednesday March 26

The School of Music and Norton Concert Series present the Puget Sound Piano Trio Recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Pitman Recital Hall, in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd Street Norman.

The Puget Sound Piano Trio is comprised of three award-winning faculty members from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.   They will be performing works by Haydn, Arensky and Marilyn Shrude. Members are Duane Hulbert, piano, David Requiro, cello, and Maria Sampen, violin. The group has been lauded for its “impressive skill, expressive sound and thoughtful programming.”    Along with performances of standard repertoire, the trio is committed to bringing new works to the stage. The Puget Sound Piano Trio performs frequently on concert series in the Northwestern United States and Canada.  They also have a strong educational mission and regularly give master classes, clinics and performances in the public school system.

DUANE HULBERT, pianist, studied in New York with Sascha Gorodnitzki, Jeaneane Dowis, and Nina Svetlanova, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from Manhattan School of Music. He has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, and has frequently appeared in chamber music concerts with members of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Northwest Sinfonietta.  Hulbert has appeared as a guest at the Eastman School Summer Festival and at the Music Studies Abroad Festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, France.   Hulbert is a distinguished professor of music and head of the piano department at the University of Puget Sound. He released the first CD in a set of recordings featuring the complete piano works of Alexander Glazunov in November 2000.  The disc was nominated for a Grammy Award in January 2002 in the Best Soloist Without Orchestra category.


DAVID REQUIRO is the Artist-in-Residence in cello and chamber music at the University of Puget Sound. He has emerged as one of today's most promising young cellists. At the age of 23, he was awarded First Prize in the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello competition to his growing string of awards, which also includes First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions. He also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassado.  Requiro has made concerto appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and with several orchestras from California including Marin, Stockton, Peninsula, Santa Cruz, Fremont, Diablo and Santa Rosa Symphonies. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Santa Fe, Ann Arbor, Pine Buff, and Quincy Symphony orchestras as well as with Symphony ProMusica in Boston. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Actively involved in contemporary music, Requiro was a guest artist at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale performing works by Pierre Jalbert, Anne Wilson and others. He has collaborated with the composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng, as well as with members of the Aspen Percussion Ensemble, giving the Aspen Music Festival premiere of Tan Dun's concerto, Elegy: Snow in June, for cello and percussion. He has also performed the European premieres of Lou Harrison's Suite for Cello and Orchestra touring Italy with the Crowden School Orchestra.

MARIA SAMPEN, Associate Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, enjoys a vibrant musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, recording artist and teacher.  She is in demand as a performer of both standard repertoire and of new and experimental works. Her performing engagements have taken her around the world, and she has played in Europe, Asia, Canada and all over the United States.

During her tenure at Puget Sound she has twice received the university’s Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.  Sampen’s students have won top awards in competitions including the American String Teachers Association Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the University of Puget Sound Concerto Competition, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the Marrowstone Music Festival Concerto Competition and many others.  Her students have attended summer music festivals around the world and have gone on to leading graduate programs throughout the country. Sampen holds bachelor and doctoral degrees from University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University. Her major teachers include Paul Kantor, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Paul Makara. Ms. Sampen was winner of both the University of Michigan Concerto Competition and Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) Concerto Competition. 

Sampen has received grants from American Composers Alliance and the Aaron Copland Fund. She is featured on Brave New Works’ CD, Quintets: Bolcom and Albright (AMP records, 2008) and on Milton Babbitt: A Composers’ Memorial (Perspectives of New Music, 2012). She has also been featured as a soloist on several radio broadcasts throughout the country, including live appearances on KING FM in Seattle, and public radio stations in Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Indiana, and Illinois. 

Sampen and her husband, Tim Christie has spent their summers performing at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival in Eastern Washington and the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.  She was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival.  She also attended the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria. During the academic year, Sampen performs frequently with her music groups, Brave New Works (, the IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, TN), and the Puget Sound Piano Trio.

Tickets for Puget Sound Piano Trio Recital may be purchased by phone or in person at the OU Fine Arts Box Office (405) 325-4101, 500 W. Boyd St, in Catlett Music Center; hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ticket prices are $9 adult and $5 student, OU Faculty & staff, senior adult.  Please visit for a full calendar of events and performances in the OU Arts District. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101

Where: University of Oklahoma
Phone: 325-0311
Address: 660 Parrington Oval

University of Oklahoma

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK
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