Nolan Kerr Artist Consultants, Ltd.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Performance, pure and simple.
Violist Amadi Hummings has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States including New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., as well as at the U.S. Supreme Court. In recent seasons, Mr. Hummings has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, on the "Discovery" recital series in La Jolla, as a guest artist at the 1993 International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has performed in Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, India, Japan, and throughout the Caribbean. He has also collaborated with such artists as Awadagin Pratt, Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Nobuko Imai, David Soyer, and Felix Galimir.
As a concert soloist, Mr. Hummings has appeared with the North Carolina Symphony, the Winston–Salem Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, the City Island Baroque Ensemble of New York, the National Symphony of Ecuador, and at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. He has also performed at the Marlboro, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Aspen, Norfolk, and San Juan Festivals, the El Paso International Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamber Festival in Maine, as well as the Prussia Cove Festival in England. Mr. Hummings' performance shave been broadcast on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", "St. Paul Sunday", on WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, and WFMT in Chicago, along with television appearenaces in Israel and South America.
Mr. Hummings' has received prizes and awards from the New York Philharmonic, Concert Artists Guild, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Epstein Young Artists Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, with whom he still maintains a strong artistic and mentoring association.
Mr. Hummings continues his activities as a member of Innuendo, a group comprised of members of the Boston and Pittsburgh symphonies and conductor/pianist Keith Lockhart. He has served on the summer faculties of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, the Tennessee Governor's School of the Arts, and the Walden School in New Hampshire. Currently, Mr. Hummings is on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS: Mr. Hummings performs all the major works for viola, including those by Penderecki, Paganini, Hindemith and Bartok.
EDUCATION: A native of New York City, Amadi Hummings was born in 1969. After early studies with his mother, he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Sally Peck. He contined his studies at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson. Mr. Hummings was also awarded the Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate instructor, and received his Master's Degree in 1994 as a student of Atar Arad.
CRITICS’ BUZZ: "Most delicious of all were Humming’s warm tones and ardent phrasing in the second movement….He then leapt into the finale with some stunning fingerwork.” David Perkins, The News and Observer,Raleigh, NC
"Violist Amadi Hummings clarified not only the work's structure, but also revealed a depth of power and lyric beauty. A wide, rich palette of tone further enhanced the remarkable young artist's expressive approach to the music..." Sharon McDaniel, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY