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Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp and pianist Joel Wizansky

Concert features music from Dvorak to Schnittke to Corigliano

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Wendy Sharp, violin, and Joel Wizansky, piano on Sunday, October 21 at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public.

Music on the concert ranges from the Romantic period to today. The program opens with Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style for violin and piano, incorporating pieces from the composer’s various film scores. Though written in the twentieth century, its baroque style marks an artistic shift in Schnittke’s career that was largely influenced by Shostakovich.

In writing his piece Once, Chris Rogerson ’11MM was inspired by the images of childhood summers from Meghan O’Rouke’s The Long Goodbye. Each movement is based on a specific passage from the memoir.

The second half opens with Anton Dvorak’s “Songs my Mother Taught Me,” the most famous of the seven Gypsy Songs, all of which are set to poems by Adolf Heydul. Then comes John Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie, a sweet melody written for the daughter of world-renowned violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers.

The program concludes with Cesar Franck’s masterful Sonata in A major for violin and piano. The piece, a wedding  present for the violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, threads together common themes throughout its four contrasting movements.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she is on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and California Summer Music, and maintains a private studio.  For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist and a founding member of the highly acclaimed Franciscan String Quartet. As a member of the quartet she toured the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she attended Yale University, graduating summa cum laude with Distinction in Music and received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, Britten-Pears and Music Academy of the West festivals. Ms. Sharp is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Yale School of Music, where she has also served on the violin faculty since 1997.


Joel Wizansky is acclaimed by audiences and musicians alike for his combination of fiery intensity and probing musicianship. The Washington Post wrote of his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” After his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, he went on to win numerous awards, including first prize in the Helen Hart International Piano Competition and the Yale Gordon Competition. He has performed frequently in recital and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Korea and has been heard in broadcast performances in New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. His first solo compact disc, “A Brahms Recital,” was released in 2001 on the MRC label. He is also a noted chamber musician and collaborator, and has performed in duo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and many other venues. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and as a staff pianist at the Yale School of Music.