Jeffrey L. Shumway
Jeffrey L. Shumway, pianist, was a member of the Music faculty at Brigham Young University from 1985-2016. He served as Professor of Piano and as Head of Keyboard Studies. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1976 from BYU, gaining Most Outstanding Pianist and Most Outstanding Musician honors. Further studies included the Master of Music degree at Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Irwin Freundlich. He received the Doctor of Music degree with High Honors from Indiana University in 1981. In 1977 Shumway was the second prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Shumway has extensively performed solo and chamber music. He also completed a series of ten recitals featuring the complete thirty-two sonatas of Beethoven, for which he received high acclaim and was honored with the inaugural Gina Bachauer Medal of Artistic Distinction. He has also twice received the Creative Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University, along with the Maeser Teaching Award in 2009.
Concerto performances include works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Brahms, Gershwin, Cramer, and Ravel, the latter as part of another series in 1987 devoted to the complete solo and ensemble piano music of Ravel.
Shumway is a member of the internationally renowned American Piano Quartet with whom he has performed and recorded throughout Europe, Canada, the Far East, and the United States. In addition to involvement with the American Piano Quartet, Shumway has performed regularly since 1983 with his duo-piano partner, Del Parkinson of Boise State University, with whom he recorded a CD, Celebrating Gershwin, in 1998. Shumway has also arranged several pieces for five pianos, published by Piano Ensemble International.
Through his career Shumway has worked with, mentored, and influenced countless students. In the Winter 2008 edition of BYU Magazine, one of his former students, Lindy Johnson Taylor shared her remembrances of studying under Shumway. Also in 2008, Shumway was invited to perform as part of the International Double Reed Society Annual Conference.
Since 1996, he has served as the director for the Young Musicians' SummerFestival. He not only teaches in the piano section of the festival each year, but also oversees the rest of the program details. The Division of Continuing Education at BYU recognized Shumway for his contributions to the SummerFestival by presenting him with the 2015 BYU Faculty Teaching Award.