Bassoonist Peter Kolkay, a member of the West Virginia University music faculty, will present a recital at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Creative Arts Center.
The performance in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall is free and open to the public.
Kolkay is one of four musicians in the nation selected to receive a Career Grant from the Avery Fisher Artist Program at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2004 and appeared, along with the other musicians, on the Arts&Entertainment channelsBreakfast with the Artsin July 2004. He was the first bassoonist to win the award.
His recital at the CAC will also feature Alexandra Nguyen, assistant dean of academic affairs and assistant professor of piano at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.
The program will includeSolo de Concertby Gabriel Pierne,Sonataby Camille Saint-Saens, a new piece written in 2005 by Paul Moravec titledAndy Warhol Sez,Sonataby Otmar Schoeck andPergolesi Variationsby Othmar Nussio.
A native of Naperville, Ill., Kolkay is a graduate of Yale University and holds a masters degree from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelors degree from Lawrence University.
Shortly before joining the WVU music faculty in 2002, he was the first solo bassoonist to win first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York. His competition awards also include top prizes from the William C. Byrd and WAMSO Competitions.
Kolkay is an avid performer of contemporary music and chamber music. He is currently a member of the Harrisburg Symphony and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and is a founding member of Trio Encantar, an oboe/bassoon/piano ensemble.
He has been a featured soloist with the Flint Symphony, the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Nova Ensemble at Eastman and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra.
His performances have been broadcast on National Public RadiosPerformance Todayand on New Yorks WQXR -FM.
For more information about the recital, call the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3108.