Dreamland: Wendy Richman and her VIOLA

Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 PM – 11 PM
Dreamland
810 E Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

Violist Wendy Richman, hailed by The New York Times and The Washington Post for her “absorbing,” “fresh and idiomatic” performances with “a brawny vitality,” has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. and Europe. Upon hearing her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza VI, The Baltimore Sun commented that she made “something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif of the piece.” She has performed at venues from American Repertory Theatre to Miller Theatre, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to Washington, DC’s Phillips Collection, and Symphony Space in Manhattan to the Gewandhaus. Other notable solo appearances include Boston’s Jordan Hall and the American Academy in Rome, and she has performed at the international festivals of Darmstadt, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, and Morelia, Mexico.

The particular praise Wendy has garnered for her interpretations of new music has led her to collaborate closely with a wide range of composers and to such performances as the American premieres of Kaija Saariaho’s Vent Nocturne and Roberto Sierra’s Viola Concerto. She and her now-husband, percussionist Tim Feeney, also gave the fully-staged American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Naturale. She can be heard on Albany Records, AURec, Between the Lines, Bloodshot Records, BMOP/sound, Mode Records, and NAXOS.

Wendy has performed at such festivals as Aspen, Bravo, New Hampshire, Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, Killington, San Juan, and Yellow Barn. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied viola with Jeffrey Irvine and Peter Slowik and voice with Marlene Rosen, she received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, under the guidance of Kim Kashkashian and Carol Rodland. Wendy lives in Ithaca, NY, where she maintains a large viola studio at Cornell University, and where she regularly performs chamber music. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the viola section of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, she began work toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.

Wendy’s most recent endeavor is called Vox/Viola, combining her vocal training with her current viola career. The project involves commissions from 25 young composers to write pieces for her singing & playing simultaneously, loosely inspired by Giacinto Scelsi’s Manto III.

Wendy is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a New York- and Chicago-based collective of young musicians dedicated to reshaping the way music is heard and experienced in the United States and around the world.

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