WILL DUCHON
PIANIST & BROADCASTER

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Will's love of music began at the early age of 7, when he began to study piano with Mr. Robert Canfield, a graduate of the Juilliard School.  He describes his early years at the piano with his teacher in this way:  "I'll never forget one time when I asked Mr. Canfield to play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 for me. He had graduated from Juilliard, and was a fine pianist, organist, and harpsichordist. He went to his music cabinet and took out an old torn copy of the score. It looked impossible to me, but he sat down, and began the first movement, playing those crashing Db major chords like thunder. It was the first time that the idea of playing piano thrilled me, and I knew right then that someday I would play that piece with an orchestra."At the young age of 17, Will's intuition and vision became real, as he performed that very Tchaikovsky concerto internationally, in Merida, Mexico, with an orchestra,  and also in the USA in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

​Will's career blossomed and grew, and he continued to study with Mr. Gerald Snyder, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Mr. German Diez, as a music performance major at SUNY Purchase.   He earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance, at SUNY, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Performing Arts as well.  In 2003, Will also became an ordained Interfaith Minister, and a Graduate of The New Seminary, in New York. In 1990, Will was a winner in the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions, and was awarded a debut at Carnegie's Weil Recital Hall.  Since then, he has given numerous solo performances at Weil Hall.  

Will is known for the passion, depth and sensitivity in his performances.   A small sampling of critics' writings over the years reveals this, often in moving ways.  "Will Duchon’s performance of Rachmaninov is infused with passion, sensitivity, and an excellent sense of the long romantic line. He also has the technical equipment to make it all come together.”  (Performers of Westchester).  "His performances create a bond with the audience that is well described in the words of a Mexican critic and writer, who said, "“Mr. Duchon enchanted the audience, demonstrating a great sensitivity which he had the ability of transmitting. He performed magnificently and came through brilliantly”. Novadades de Yucatan(Mexico).    "Will Duchon brought the house down in a commanding presentation of "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18" by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 -- 1947). The hushed audience allowed Duchon to begin with those heavy-hearted opening chords, as the string section joined in giving an affirmation to the restorative power of music. Traversing through some dark passages, brightness ultimately prevailed." (Jan Stribula, Connecticut Post). In addition to his performances, and teaching, Will has been a church musician for over 30 years.  He has led various choirs, served as organist, and music director at various churches and is presently the Director of Music at Monroe Congregational Church, Monroe, CT.  Will also is well known as a broadcaster at WMNR Fine Arts Radio, where he has a live radio show airing Fridays, 6 p.m. EST to 11 p.m. EST, with the first four hours devoted to "Friday Evening Classics," a warm and richly historical aural journey through the classics, followed by a one hour show at 10 p.m. "The Night Cafe," which features singers and songwriters, of romantic, cabaret, jazz and classic standards.  Will's first CD Tableaux features solo works of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Most recently, Will released Where Beauty Dwells, featuring music by Bach-Busoni, Poulenc, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Brahms.
In 2004, Will created the "Opus 30 Mission" an organization which seeks to exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned.  Since 1981, Will has served as a music director at various churches in NY and CT, and is currently serving as director of music for Monroe Congregational Church, Monroe, CT.

  

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Will's repertoire encompasses a vast sampling of the traditional piano repertoire, particularly that of the Romantic and late Romantic era. His repertoire includes over a dozen concertos including those of Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, and Liszt. 
Solo repertoire of major work includes the Franz Liszt Sonata, Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Schumann's Carnival, Sonata in F-sharp minor, Faschingsschwank aus Wien, and Fantastie. Will has performed both piano sonatas of Rachmaninov as well as many of the preludes and Etudes-tableaux. Will has a particular affinity for the music of Latin composers and has performed Enrique Granados' Goyescas in its entirety, along with the works of Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz, and Carlos Guastavino. He also has extensive chamber music experience particularly in the violin and cello sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, Debussy, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev.

  

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