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Violinist Wendy Sharp performs recital with pianist Joel Wizansky Oct. 20

Concert features music from Mozart to Ingram Marshall
September 25, 2013


The Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp with pianist Joel Wizansky on Sunday, October 20th 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. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Joel Wizansky has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.”

The concert will open with two vastly different sonatas: Mozart’s beloved Sonata in A major for violin and piano, K. 526, followed by the Violin Sonata No. 2 by the Yale-educated composer Charles Ives. This nostalgic sonata incorporates fragments of ragtime and folk songs.

Next will be September Canons by Yale faculty composer Ingram Marshall. Marshall (b. 1942), a member of the YSM faculty who self-identifies as an “Expressivist” composer, has a diverse background in electronic music, Pacific Northwest culture, and Indonesian gamelan.


Fritz Kreisler is remembered most as one of the most famous violin masters of his day, but he also composed; Sharp and Wizansky will perform his Aubade Provençale and Caprice Viennois. The concert will conclude with Danse Espagnole, Kreisler’s 1926 arrangement for violin and piano of a selection from Manuel De Falla’s opera La Vida Breve.

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

This concert will stream live on the School of Music’s website. LIVE STREAM 


About the Performers

Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician and is in demand as a teacher and chamber music coach. For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist of the Franciscan String Quartet, with which she toured North America, Europe, and Japan 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 graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received the Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of Mannes College, Dartmouth College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, and Music Academy of the West festivals. Wendy Sharp is a lecturer in violin and director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music.

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 and fifth prize in the Marguerite Long International 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 is currently a staff pianist at the Yale School of Music.