FREE Lunchtime Concert featuring Grace Park, violin & Tyler Wottrich, piano
Friday, October 25, 12:00PM
Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church
About the Artists:
Pianist Tyler Wottrich has distinguished himself as a chamber musician, vocal pianist, solo performer, and teacher. Wottrich is an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University’s Challey School of Music, where he created a graduate collaborative piano program and serves as artistic director of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival, which recently celebrated its 5th-Anniversary Season.
Wottrich is the recipient of the Emerson String Quartet’s Ackerman Prize for chamber music and has served on the collaborative piano faculty of the Banff Centre. An alumnus of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), ensemble-in-residence at Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School, Wottrich has performed with such artists as Colin Carr, Philippe Grafin, Carol Wincenc, Frank Morelli, William VerMeulen, and Andres Diaz. Wottrich is committed to the performance of new music and has worked with such composers as John Luther Adams, John Corigliano, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jocelyn Hagen, Richard Hundley, David Lang, Libby Larsen, Missy Mazzoli, Dominick Argento, and Bright Sheng. Wottrich accompanied mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski in winning 2nd Prize at the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition as well as 4th Prize and the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as being “fresh, different and exhilarating” and by Strings Magazine as “intensely wrought and burnished,” violinist Grace Park captivates audiences with her artistry, passion and virtuosity. Winner of the the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition, she showcases her artistry as a dynamic soloist and dedicated chamber musician.
Ms. Park’s upcoming season includes her Carnegie Hall debut recital, a world premiere performance of Mason Bates’ first violin sonata, concerto debuts with the Mexico City Philharmonic, Des Moines Symphony, and recitals at Krannert Center, Dame Myra Hess Memorial and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.
Ms. Park has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada at venues such as Walt Disney Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Rudolfinum in Prague, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jordan Hall and Tri-Noon at Rockefeller University. She has performed and participated in festivals such as Music @ Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove, Festival Mozaic, Yellowbarn, and Perlman Music Program, where she has performed with many of today’s celebrated artists.
A devoted and passionate educator, Ms. Park is an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and has taught masterclasses and coached at Conservatorio de Musica de Cartagena, Mannes School of Music, Festival Mozaic, Arkansas University, Washington and Lee University, North Dakota State University, and Skidmore College.
As a native to Los Angeles, California, Ms. Park began violin at the age of 5 where she trained at the Colburn School of Music. She continued her studies at Colburn Conservatory and New England Conservatory for her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Principal teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Robert Lipsett. She now resides in New York City.
She performs on a Domenico Montagnana in 1739, on loan from an anonymous sponsor.
About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie is also a two-time McKnight Artist Fellow, and has won grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and at age 31, was listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. Abbie has been a Composer-in-Residence with New York State School Music Association, The Rose Ensemble, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and Schubert Club. In 2019, she will be the American Composers Forum’s ChoralQuest composer, visiting schools around the U.S. to write new choral music with middle school singers.
Originally from Wisconsin, Abbie is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A.), the University of Minnesota (M.A.), and holds a diplôme from the European American Musical Alliance Institute in Paris, France. She lives in Minnesota, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University-St Paul and executive director of Justice Choir.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
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