SEÁN DUGGAN, OSB, pianist, is a monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana.
He obtained his music degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans and Carnegie Mellon
University, and received a Master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary in
New Orleans. From 1988 to 2001 he taught music, Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary
College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at St. Joseph Abbey.
In September, 1983 he won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition
for Pianists in Washington, D.C., and again in August, 1991. Having a special affinity
for the music of Bach, in 2000 he performed the complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard
works eight times in various American and European cities. For seven years he hosted
a weekly program on the New Orleans NPR station entitled “Bach on Sunday.” He is presently
in the midst of recording the complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard (piano) music which
will comprise 24 CDs.
Before he joined the Benedictine order he was pianist and assistant chorus master
for the Pittsburgh Opera Company for three years. He has performed with many orchestras
including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus
Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, The Prague Chamber Orchestra, The American
Chamber Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. From 2110 to 2004 he was a visiting
professor of piano at the University of Michigan. Currently he is associate professor
of piano at SUNY Fredonia. During the fall semester of 2008 he was also a guest professor
of piano at Eastman School of Music. He has been a guest artist and adjudicator at
the Chautauqua Institution for several summers, and is also a faculty member of the
Golandsky Institute at Princeton, New Jersey. He continues to study the Taubman approach
with Edna Golandsky in New York City.