Karyagina/Douglas Duo Concert
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About the Event
Dr. Tanya Karyagina
Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Dr. Tanya Karyagina made her concerto début at the age of nine with the Kazakh Chamber Orchestra under Yuri Dorokhovski and has also appeared as a soloist with Kazakh National Symphony, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, TCU Symphony, USC Symphony, North East Symphony, and Nova Amadeus Chamber Orchestra working with such distinguished conductors as Leon Fleisher, Sergiu Comissiona, Nicola Samale, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Jeremy Swerling, German Gutierrez, and Tolepbergen Abdrashev. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany in such venues as Carnegie Hall (Weill) in New York, Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado, Bass Performance Hall in Texas, Le Théâtre Bonbonnière in France, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Central Concert Hall, National Philharmonic Hall and National Opera Theater in Kazakhstan and many others.
Dr. Karyagina has won top prizes in nearly thirty National and International Piano Competitions. She has articles and concert reviews published world-wide. She has appeared on CBS 11, world satellite TV, Radio Vaticana and Kazakh National TV and radio stations performing, giving interviews and acting. In 2011 the US government granted her a Green Card (US Permanent Residency) as a person of extraordinary abilities.
Dr. Karyagina started taking piano lessons at the age of five and holds the Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from Texas Christian University, where she studied with professors Tamas Ungar and Harold Martina, and the Master of Music Degree, the Artist Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from University of Southern California, where she studied with the renowned professor John Perry.
Currently, Dr. Karyagina is a part of the Piano Faculty at Dallas Baptist University, Tarrant County College (Northeast Campus), and Texas Christian University (Preparatory Division). From 2010 until 2015 she served on the Music Faculty at Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California) and before that at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Lecturer. She has also maintained her private Piano Studio for over 15 years, first in Southern California, and now in Fort Worth, teaching students of all ages and levels. Her students have entered and won awards and prizes in various festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (Junior and Amateur Levels). She has judged competitions, presented lectures and given recitals at many professional conferences, such as Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Golden Key International Honors Society and Rotary International.
Apart from her teaching and piano performance career Dr. Karyagina plays harpsichord professionally. She is also an aspiring violinist. She likes spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, swimming, reading, cooking, traveling and experiencing new cultures.
Dr. Will Douglas
Fort Worth, TX native and founding member of Guitar Fort Worth, Dr. Will Douglas has become a leader in the north Texas guitar community. Starting his career under the apprenticeship of Michael Dailey along with Professor Tom Johnson of The University of North Texas and privately with Adam Holzman of The University of Texas. Will has also performed for some of the top names in guitar including; Tom Sheeley, Virginia Luque, Thomas Kirchhoff, Dale Kavanagh, Johannes Moller, Eduado Fernandez, Eliot Fisk, Bruce Holzman and Oscar Ghiglia among many others. He made his concert debut in Guitar Fort Worth’s Atrium Series in 2004 and attended the 2006 Acadia Guitar Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada and the 2008 and 2009 Iserlohn International Guitar Symposiums in Iserlohn, Germany. Will has also given solo baroque guitar and lute performances and played continuo in The University of North Texas’ Collegium Musicum Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera and many others.
In December of 2008, Will took the presidential reins of Guitar Fort Worth to help provide performances and educational opportunities to the Fort Worth community. In 2011 Will was invited as a guest lecturer and master class teacher at the 2011 Hamilton International Guitar Festival and The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Will Douglas finished his Masters in Music Performance degree at UNT and has since returned from the Graduate Diploma program in Eliot Fisk's studio at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to seek his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, which he completed in 2019.
In 2015, he founded the Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition at Weatherford College, which draws performers, competitors and enthusiasts from all over the world and in 2017 the Collegiate Peaks Guitar Retreat in Buena Vista, Colorado. In August of 2019, Will took on the role of Managing Director of the Fort Worth Classical Guitar Society, one the the most prominent guitar organizations in the United States.
Will is currently Artist in Residence at Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Weatherford College, Arlington Baptist University and Tarrant County College Northwest and a private guitar instructor at The Guitar Studio in Fort Worth, TX.
Will Douglas plays a 2016 Wood Ring double top guitar.