Dr. Brooks Hafey has been dazzling audiences with his exceptional musicianship and refined technique since boyhood. He has performed in a wide range of venues in the United States including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Overseas performances include concerts in France, Italy, and Norway. In addition to his career as a soloist, Dr. Hafey is an active chamber musician, collaborative artist, and conductor. In 2008 he made his debut as an opera conductor in Novafeltria, Italy with Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and has returned to Italy in recent summers to conduct Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
Dr. Hafey's wide-ranging repertoire spans from the works of French Baroque masters
Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin to the composers of the twenty-first century. An advocate of contemporary piano composition, Dr. Hafey has presented a lecture recital of Ghost Variations, by American composer and Grawemeyer Award-winner George Tsontakis. In early 2016 he gave the world premieres of Joshua Keeling’s Gravitons and Neutrinos.
Dr. Hafey studied holds degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Florida State University and also studied at the Conservatoire Municipale de Mennecy in France under Juan Davila. Former teachers include Dr. Read Gainsford, Dr. Carolyn Bridger, and Dr. Janice Wenger. Dr. Hafey has held teaching positions at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Chadron State College in Nebraska. In celebration of the Debussy centenary, Dr. Hafey will be performing the complete piano works and chamber works with piano of Claude Debussy in 2018.