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Pianists José López and William Wellborn

Date & Time: Saturday May 14, 2022 at 7:30  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Program – All Beethoven Program

Sonata in D major, Op. 6
I. Allegro molto
II. Rondo: Moderato
William Wellborn (primo), José López (secondo)

Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78
I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro vivace
William Wellborn

Three Marches, Op. 45
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Vivace
III. Vivace
William Wellborn (primo), José López (secondo)

Intermission

Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
I. Andante con moto
II. Allegro
III. Andante ed espressivo
IV. Presto
V. Quasi allegretto
VI. Presto – Andante amabile e con moto – Presto
José López

Beethoven transcription by Charles V. Alkan (1813-1888)
Bundeslied (Chant d’Alliance) Op. 122

Sonata in C major, Op. 53
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo
José López

About the Artists

José R. 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 Secretary of the London-based Alkan Society. A versatile pianist and enthusiastic performer of chamber music, he has recorded for SNE, Albany, Innova and Toccata Classics record labels. His Toccata Classics discography includes the complete piano works of Italian dodecaphonic composer Riccardo Malipiero; Alkan’s complete Mozart transcriptions; and an ongoing series dedicated to forgotten Cuban/Spanish composers (Comellas and Espadero). His newest 2019 CD release of selected works by Nicolás Ruiz Espadero (1832-1890) complements López’s 2021 publication of Espadero’s unpublished Transcendental Studies in the Cuban Musical Patrimony series. Forthcoming musical editions include 2 volumes of chamber music written in Cuba during the 19th and early 20th centuries. López received his BM, MM and DMA degrees from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied with Rosalina Guerrero Sackstein, a former pupil of Rafael de Silva and Claudio Arrau.

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

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