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Faculty Artist Series features Wendy Sharp Oct. 18

Wendy Sharp

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp in recital on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm. Ms. Sharp will be joined by pianist Joel Wizansky.

The recital will open with Dvořák's Sonatina for violin and piano, followed by Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Prokofiev described parts of this sonata as "wind passing through a graveyard," and movements from the work were played at the composer's funeral.

After intermission, the program's mood will lighten with works by two YSM faculty composers. First is Aaron Jay Kernis's Air, which the composer describes as "a love letter to the violin."

This will be followed by David Lang's light moving. Like many of Lang's works, its title has a story: there was a furniture moving company called Chelsea Light Moving which was started by a young Phillip Glass and Steve Reich in the late 1960's.

The afternoon concludes with Brahms' Sonatensatz, which was originally written to be one movement of a collaborative sonata but today is often played alone.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The event will also stream live on the School of Music's website.

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. Also a noted chamber musician, he 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.