Date & Time: Sunday April 26, 7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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All Beethoven Program
About the Artists
José López is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami; President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society and Honorary Secretary of the London-based Alkan Society. He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, in solo recitals, and with chamber groups in summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables’ Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Festival Miami, and as founder and co-director of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Chamber Concert Series,” entering its 12th year.
Lopez’s recently released solo CD’s on the Toccata Classics label are currently receiving positive and exciting reviews from major publications throughout the world. Vol. I of Alkan’s complete piano transcriptions of selected Mozart works elicited praise from critic Paul Driver of the Sunday Times (London), who wrote:
“Alkan’s complete piano transcriptions of Mozart’s music make a sequence both diverting and profound. Lopez, who in the booklet explains Alkan’s treatment of the D minor Piano Concerto, K466, in extraordinary detail, plays captivatingly. One doesn’t miss the orchestra at all.”
López’s recording of the complete solo piano music by Riccardo Malipiero, released in the summer of 2012, has also received favorable reviews by critic Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun, in Music Web International and in Fanfare magazine.
His upcoming world premiere CD release on Toccata Classics of operatic transcriptions and solo works of 19th -century Cuban-born composer Nicolás Ruíz Espadero (1832-1890) will compliment a planned publication of Espadero’s unpublished Transcendental Etudes, scheduled for publication on the Cuban Musical Patrimony series in fall 2019. On Toccata Classics, López initiated a series dedicated to ‘forgotten’ Cuban composers, launching a CD of solo piano works by José Comellas (1842-1888) in 2016.
Born in Cuba into an immigrant family of Spanish, Basque and Sephardic ancestry, José emigrated to the United States at a young age. He received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Rosalina Sackstein, a former pupil of Claudio Arrau and Rafael de Silva. He has recorded for SNE, Albany, Innova and Toccata Classics record labels.
William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured widely over four continents. He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Adam Wibrowski, Andrzej Jasinski, and Jerome Lowenthal. Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro, and the Festival du Chablisien in Chablis, France. In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer’s birthplace in Rohrau, Austria. Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland.
Wellborn has served as convention artist for state conventions in Missouri (2002), California (2013), Texas (2001), and Colorado (2014), and has given numerous lectures and masterclasses for music teachers organizations across the United States. From 1996-2010 Wellborn was involved with A CONCERTed Effort, a San Francisco Bay Area concert series which raised over $2,000,000 for various AIDS organizations. A scholar of historic musicians, from 1995-97 Wellborn hosted the San Francisco-based radio program “Piano Legacy.” A frequent adjudicator, he has served on the juries of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, as well as competitions for CAPMT, MTAC, and numerous others. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers; this coming summer he is looking forward to leading a Brahms and Schubert tour which visits Austria, Germany, and Slovakia.
Wellborn has served as an artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo (1998-2003), the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron (2004-2007), and the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival (2008-2013), and the Krakow Piano Seminar (2016-present). In the summer of 2018 he returns to teach at the Idllywild Arts Academy Summer Workshop for Adults (www.idyllwildarts.org), and to Poland for the Krakow Piano Seminar. Wellborn is on the national board of the American Liszt Society and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society; he also serves as Vice-President for the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation. Wellborn has taught at the University of Idaho, Humboldt State University, and has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford University. In 2017 he was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions. Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, and for more information on Mr. Wellborn’s upcoming activities please visit his website at http://www.williamwellborn.com