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 Sunday (Oct. 7) at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center.
The program begins at 3 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A). It is free and open to the public and will feature Johann Sebastian BachsGoldbergVariations (Aria with 30 Variations, BWV 1087 ), a work cherished by music lovers everywhere.
Bees has played recital debuts in New York City at Merkin Hall, in Chicago on the Dame Myra Hess series and in Washington, D.C., at the Phillips Collection. 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, Japan. She has also taught master classes in Hungary and in Finland.
She graduated cum laude from the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas 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 in musical arts. Her teachers have included Leon Fleisher, Maria Curcio-Diamand, Dieter Weber, Noel Flores, Alexander Uninsky, Alfred Mouledous, Konrad Wolff and Peggy Erwin.
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 (Utah) and both the 1974 and 1975 G. B. Dealey Awards Competition (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 televised”Young 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 the Mozart”Piano Concerto, K. 488,”with the Youth Symphony of New York, at Carnegie Hall and at Lehman College. That same year, she was guest artist on the”Discovery”Recital Series recorded for broadcast in New York City on WNYC and on National Public Radio.