A native of Gadsden , Alabama , Roderick Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Birmingham-Southern College (magna cum laude). Mr. Ferguson later earned a Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston where he studied with world-renowned concert artist Abbey Simon. His studies have also taken him to the Longy School of Music in Cambridge , MA and Northwestern University , where he undertook post-graduate study. He teaches piano at The Academy.
A two-time winner of the Alys R. Stephens Piano Competition ( Alabama ), winner of an Obelisk Award for excellence in the performing arts ( Alabama ) and the inaugural winner of the Brazos Valley Young Artists Competition ( Texas ), Mr. Ferguson has a wide range of musical interests, from the standard repertoire to new music. Other teachers include Roy McAllister, Daniel Ericourt, Delores Hodgens-Howard and Deborah Sobol.
Mr. Ferguson’s performing credits include solo, chamber and orchestral engagements, both in the U.S. and Europe . Concerto performances include Mozart’s K. 450, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and the Grieg Concerto. As a senior fellow for the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) and as a freelance artist, Mr. Ferguson has been a frequent guest at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago’s WFMT radio station’s live broadcasts and in other venues around Chicagoland and beyond.
He and long-time colleague clarinetist Wagner Campos can be heard on “Romantic Songs for Clarinet and Piano” on the Southport label as well as on a recording by the Chicago Clarinet Trio (Larry Combs, Julie Deroche and Wagner Campos) on Albany Records.
Together with Mr. Campos and flutist Julie Koidin, Mr. Ferguson formed the Ondas Ensemble in 2007. This ensemble is devoted to the performance of chamber music of Latin American composers from Central and South America and the USA . Through Ondas, Mr. Ferguson shares his love of collaboration, premiering new music and working with students from elementary school to college in lecture and master class settings.
Upcoming projects include a recording of the three sonatas for viola and piano by George Onslow with violist Dr. Juliet White-Smith on Centaur Records.
Mr. Ferguson has taught on the faculties of the Houston Conservatory of Music and the Musikschule Kassel in Kassel , Germany . In 2000, he co-founded and is now the artistic director of The Musical Offering, a non-profit community music school in Evanston, IL.