Julie Bees, professor of piano at Wichita State University and director of the Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Endowment Award, will present a concert Saturday, Feb. 4, at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center.
The program begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A). It is free and open to the public.
The concert will featurePartita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach,Twelve Etudes d’excution transcendanteby Franz Liszt,Three Etudes, Opus 42by Alexander Scriabin andOut of Doorsby Bla Bartk.
Bees has played recital debuts at Merkin Hall in New York City, on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She has given several recital tours of Europe, including debuts in such major musical centers as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Vienna, Brussels, The Hague, Leipzig, Milan, Helsinki, Warsaw and St. Petersburg.
In 1993 she played recitals and taught master classes in mainland China and in Tokyo. She has also taught master classes in Hungary and Finland.
She graduated cum laude from the Hockaday School in Dallas and was a full scholarship student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. After two years of further study at the Hochschule fr Musik in Vienna, Austria, she was awarded a doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she earned a doctorate.
Bees was a semifinalist in the 1983 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland. She was the national winner in the 1978 MTNA Collegiate Competition in Chicago, was awarded the Olga Samaroff Prize in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, fourth prize in the Washington International Competition for Pianists at the Kennedy Center and was a finalist in the Beethoven Foundation Auditions.
She was also a semifinalist in the 1979 Gina Bachauer International Competition in Utah and the 1974 and 1975 G. B. Dealey Awards Competition in Dallas. Earlier successes include first prize in the William S. Boyd National Piano Competition, grand prize of both the 1975 International Piano Recording Competition and the 1970 Dallas Symphonic Festival, and finalist in the 1968 New York Philharmonic Auditions for Leonard Bernstein’s televisedYoung People’s Concerts.
She has performed with the Denver, Dallas and Augusta symphony orchestras and with the Santa Barbara Festival Orchestra. In 1981 she gave two performances of Mozart’sPiano Concerto, K. 488with the Youth Symphony of New York at Carnegie Hall and Lehman College. That same year, she was guest artist on theDiscoveryrecital series recorded for broadcast in New York City on WNYC and on National Public Radio.
For more information about Saturday’s concert, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.