In Recital: William Wolfram

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Venue / Time
UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance - Recital Hall
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Wednesday, July 5
J.S. Bach, arr. Busoni
Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Variation 1 a 1 Clav
Variation 2 a 1 Clav
Variation 3 a 1 Clav; Canone all’Unisono
Variation 4 a 1 Clav
Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav
Variation 6 a 1 Clav; Canone alla Seconda
Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav; al tempo di Giga
Variation 8 a 2 Clav
Variation 9 a 1 Clav; Canone alla Terza
Variation 10 a 1 Clav; Fughetta
Variation 11 a 2 Clav
Variation 12 a Canone all Quarta
Variation 13 a 2 ClaV
Variation 14 a 2 Clav
Variation 15 a 1 Clav; Canone alla Quinta 
Variation 16 a 1 Clav; Ouverture
Variation 17 a 2 Clav
Variation 18 a 1 Clav; Canone all Sesta
Variation 19 a 1 Clav
Variation 20 a 2 Clav
Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
Variation 22 a 1 Clav; alla breve
Variation 23 a 2 Clav
Variation 24 a 1 Clav; Canone all’Ottava
Variation 25 a 2 Clav; Adagio
Variation 26 a 2 Clav
Variation 27 a 2 Clav; Canone alla Nona
Variation 28 a 2 Clav
Variation 29 1 1 ovvero 2 Clav
Variation 30 a 1 Clav; Quodlibet
Aria da capo

WILLIAM WOLFRAM was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. A versatile recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has won the respect of musicians and critics across the country and abroad. Wolfram has several recordings on the Naxos label, has played recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe and has performed with dozens of the finest orchestras in the world.

His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American conductors and orchestras. He has appeared with the San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Grand Teton and Obispo Mozart festival orchestras, among many others.

He enjoys regular and ongoing close associations with the Dallas Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. Conductors with whom he has worked include Jerzy Semkow, Joseph Silverstein, Mark Wigglesworth, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Spivakov, Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jeffrey Kahane, James Judd, Roberto Minczuk, Stefan Sanderling, JoAnn Falletta, James Paul and Carlos Kalmar. Abroad, Wolfram has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Warsaw, Moscow and Budapest philharmonics, the Capetown and Johannesburg symphonies of South Africa, L'Orchestre de Bretagne, the orchestras of Thailand and Singapore and the National Symphony of Peru.

An enthusiastic supporter of new music, he has collaborated with and performed music by composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Kenneth Frazelle, Marc Andre Dalbavie, Kenji Bunch and Paul Chihara. His world premiere performance of the Chihara re-orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs, was met with great critical attention and acclaim.

Wolfram has extensive experience in the recording studio. For the Albany label, he recorded the piano concertos of Edward Collins with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Wolfram has recorded, and continues to record, the solo piano music of Franz Liszt for Naxos records. These recordings include Liszt's rarely heard Etudes en douze exercices, as well as opera transcriptions of both Donizetti and Bellini. Wolfram was the focus of a full chapter in Joseph Horowitz's book, The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On television, he was a featured pianist in the documentary of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, William Wolfram resides in New York City.

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