Pianist Becky Billock, an active recital soloist and chamber musician from Pittsburgh, will perform a guest artist recital at the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall inside the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

The program will include: “Partita in e minor, BWV 830” by J.S. Bach; “Rondo in D Major” by W.A. Mozart; “Mephisto Rag” by Libby Larsen; “Secret & Glass Gardens” by Jennifer Higdon; “Toccata for Piano” by Emma Lou Diemer; and “Mazurkas, Op. 59” by F. Chopin.

Billock has appeared as a soloist with regional orchestras in Oregon and California, as well as performing chamber recitals in numerous locations throughout the United States.

She has also appeared on local public radio in Seattle and Pittsburgh, and nationally on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”

Billock frequently lectures and performs in the Pittsburgh area, where she maintains a private studio.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla University, a master’s degree from the University of Redlands and a doctorate from the University of Washington.

Billock’s dissertation focused on contemporary women composers.

In September 2009, Billock and cellist Adam Liu, of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, premiered a commissioned piece by Changyuan Liu, prominent Beijing composer.

Other highlights of her 2009-10 season include numerous performances of “Women
Working,” her solo performance of music composed by American women; participation in an all-Chopin concert commemorating the composer’s 200th birthday; and a lecture and recital at the International Festival of Women Composers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841, ext. 3108.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu