Brooks Hafey, MM
Visiting Professor, Keyboard Studies
Since beginning his piano studies as a boy, Brooks Hafey has been dazzling audiences with his exceptional musicianship and refined technique. He has performed in many countries outside of the United States including France, Italy, and Norway. In 2003 he performed at Weill Recital Hall in New York City. In addition to performing solo, Mr. Hafey is an active chamber musician, collaborative artist, and conductor. In July of 2008, he made his opera conducting debut in Novafeltria, Italy, with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. He has since continued his conducting work with small ensembles and a choir. In July 2013, he conducted Suor Angelica in Rimini, Italy. He has also served as Piano Coordinator and Production Manager at La Musica Lirica, a summer festival in the Apennine mountains of Italy. Mr. Hafey’s wide-ranging repertoire includes works of early masters such as Rameau and Couperin to those of today’s composers. An advocate of contemporary piano compositions, Mr. Hafey recently presented a lecture recital of Ghost Variations by American composer and Grawemeyer Award winner George Tsontakis
Mr. Hafey began his piano studies at an early age after finding on the piano songs he heard his cousin play. While a student in France, he studied at the Conservatoire Municipale de Mennecy under Juan Davila. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Master’s Degree from Florida State University. He is a DM candidate at Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. Read Gainsford. He has taught at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL, and Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Mr. Hafey is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Sam Houston State University.