Sunday, March 15, 2009

Deborah Clasquin, Humboldt State Professor of Music and acclaimed pianist, died on March 10 at Mad River Hospital in Arcata. Services were held today. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, and by the North Coast music community. Her last solo performance at HSU was in October. Here is the biography she supplied for this event:
Deborah Clasquin enjoys an active career as a recitalist, as well as orchestral soloist, and has appeared in concert in Paris, Moscow, Kiev, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and throughout Northern California. Numerous prizes and awards have marked her performing career, as well as being broadcast by National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Clasquin has recently appeared as soloist with the Eureka Symphony Orchestra and the Brockport Symphony performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.

Deborah studied with world-renowned Presidential Medal winning chamber musician Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio while earning a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University. Her undergraduate degree came from Smith College, followed by a masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

As a Professor of Music on the faculty at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California Deborah is also devoted to teaching piano. Her students have been heard on NPR’s “From The Top” and won numerous competitions, including a Gold Medal in the 2003 Magin International Piano Competition in Paris, France and enjoy active careers as performers and teachers."
Other memorials to Deborah Clasquin: Humboldt State Now, Eureka Times-Standard, Stage Matters.

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