Scott Watkins, Piano

November 7, 2009 • 7:30 p.m.
Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts Center, Casper College

This recital will include the work written by Jianjun He as the Commissioned Composer for the Wyoming Music Teachers Association, which will be debuted at the State Convention in Casper, November 5-7, 2009.

Pianist Scott Watkins’ sophisticated recitals have earned him a reputation for elegance and integrity, and his concerto appearances have been hailed as “fresh, forceful, and exciting.” His US debut occurred in Chicago in 1985 in an all-Bach recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, which was broadcast live nationwide over WFMT Radio and PBS. Since then the pianist’s career has taken him to many of the world’s music centers, including New York where he has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall in 1999 and again in 2005. His recordings have enjoyed commercial success in the United States; his holiday-inspired disc called Christmas Cards is a top seller at CDbaby. In a review of his debut recording which included music by Beethoven, Schumann, and Liszt, Folio Weekly called Watkins “a polished player in his prime.” Of his Teatro Colon recital in Buenos Aires, El Mercurio called it “a colossal performance, impeccably played.” Watkins is the youngest winner ever of the US Department of State’s Artistic Ambassador Award. His teachers have included Bela Siki, Edward Kilenyi, and Raymond Dudley, and he has also worked with Eugene Istomin and Alexis Weissenberg. In April, 2010, Watkins will appear at Carnegie Hall in a solo recital in works by Jian-jun He and Beethoven, and will include Chopin’s Four Scherzos in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Watkins is assistant professor of piano at Jacksonville University in Florida.

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