GUEST ARTIST: Wendy Richman, voice and viola
Singing Violist Wendy Richman performs works from her VOX/VIOLA project.
iolist Wendy Richman is a founding member of the New York-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). With ICE, and as soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller Theater, Mostly Mozart Festival, Park Avenue Armory, Phillips Collection, and international festivals in Berlin, Darmstadt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Morelia, and Vienna. She has been hailed by The New York Times and The Washington Post for her "absorbing," "fresh and idiomatic" performances with "a brawny vitality." The Baltimore Sun praised her for creating "something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif" of Berio's Sequenza VI. Wendy has been featured in the premieres of hundreds of works, and she has also collaborated on traditional chamber music with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, the Claremont Trio, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, and Takács Quartets. She has been a frequent guest with the viola sections of the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and St. Louis Symphony. Her critically acclaimed recordings can be heard on Albany Records, Between the Lines, Bloodshot Records, BMOP/sound, Mode Records, NAXOS, New Focus, New World, and Tzadik. A respected educator, Wendy has held teaching positions at the University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, and Cornell University, as well as Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Music in the Mountains Conservatory. Wendy graduated from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), New England Conservatory (MM), and Eastman School of Music (DMA). She studied viola with Carol Rodland, Kim Kashkashian, Peter Slowik, Jeffrey Irvine, and Sara Harmelink, and voice with Marlene Ralis Rosen, Judith Kellock, and Mary Galbraith. Through her vox/viola project, loosely inspired by Giacinto Scelsi's Manto III, numerous composers have written pieces for Wendy in which she sings and plays simultaneously.