Alan Huckleberry

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Praised for his “impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache” (American Record Guide), pianist Alan Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, England, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Colombia, and across the United States.

Huckleberry is also in demand as a chamber musician, with recitals across the United States, Australia, and Europe. He can be heard on eight compact disc recordings on the Crystal Record, Albany Record, and MSR labels, with two more being released in 2016. His recording of the complete wind and piano chamber music of Francis Poulenc was named one of the top classical releases of 2015.

In addition to his performing career, Huckleberry is equally passionate about his role as an educator. He is currently a professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts at the University of Iowa. There he heads the piano pedagogy program, which is now recognized as one of the leading programs in the nation. He is a sought-after speaker on pedagogical topics, including talks at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Music Teachers National Conference. At the University of Iowa, he also maintains a studio of national and international students, who themselves are beginning to leave their mark in their field. In fact, all DMA graduates from his piano pedagogy program are themselves now teaching at academic institutions across the country and abroad.    

A native of Indiana, Huckleberry began serious studies at the piano in Germany with Polish pianist Barbara Szczepanska. Further studies at the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne with Japanese pedagogue Naoyuki Taneda and German pianist Josef A. Scherrer solidified a diverse and international musical background. He then returned to the United States at the University of Michigan to complete his piano performance studies (MM/DMA) with Arthur Greene and his piano pedagogy studies under the guidance of John Ellis. There he also studied extensively with harpsichordist Ed Parmentier and with collaborative pianist Martin Katz. 

Huckleberry’s repertoire not only includes the standard works of the piano literature, but he is an ardent supporter of new music and young composers, as seen by a long list of compositions that were written for him. Among the many 20th and 21st-century styles he enjoys, he is particularly interested in contemporary rags and other crossover genres.

Huckleberry has recently embarked upon a massive video recording project. Together with Jason Sifford, he is creating the largest known database of performances of piano pedagogical literature. In the end, it will encompass some 9,000 videos of beginning to intermediate repertoire. The videos are available to all on YouTube (search: UIPIANOPED).


Research areas
  • Piano
Portrait of Alan Huckleberry
Contact Information

University of Iowa
4404 Voxman Music Building (VOX)
93 E. Burlington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States