Grace Park, violin

Tyler Wottrich, piano

April 20, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) -Scherzo from F-A-E Sonata (1853) (6’) 

Clara Schumann (1819-1896) – Three Romances, Op. 22 (1853) (10’) 

I.Andante molto


III. Leidenschaftlich schnell

Chris Rogerson (b. 1988) – Lullaby; No Bad Dreams (2009) (7’) 

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Rondo Brilliante in B Minor, D. 895  (1826) (15’)

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as being “fresh, different and exhilarating” and Strings Magazine as “intensely wrought and burnished“, violinist Grace Park captivates audiences with her artistry, passion and virtuosity. Winner of the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition, she is one of the leading artists of her generation. Ms. Park’s upcoming season includes her Carnegie Hall debut recital and a world premiere performance of Mason Bates’ first violin sonata. She will also make recital appearances at the Schubert Club, Krannert Center, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, and Merkin Concert Hall, and give her Mexico debut with the Mexico City Philharmonic. 

This past year, Ms. Park recorded her first solo album with the Prague Philharmonia and their music director, Emmanuel Villaume, which will include concertos and solo works of Mozart and Dvorak. It is set to be released in the spring of 2022. Ms. Park has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada at venues such as Walt Disney Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Rudolfinum in Prague, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jordan Hall and Tri-Noon at Rockefeller University. She has toured with the North Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, and Russian Chamber Orchestra. She has performed and participated in festivals such as Music @ Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove, Festival Mozaic, Yellowbarn, and Perlman Music Program, where she has performed with many of today’s celebrated artists.

Ms. Park began violin studies at the age of 5 and attended Colburn School of Music. She continued her studies at Colburn Conservatory and New England Conservatory for her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Principal teachers were Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Robert Lipsett. 


Tyler Wottrich is an Associate Professor at NDSU’s Challey School of Music, where he created a graduate collaborative piano program and serves as artistic director of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival. The Chamber Festival, which Wottrich founded in 2015, recently celebrated its seventh season pairing NDSU student pianists with world-class professional musicians from across the globe. Wottrich is the recipient of the Emerson String Quartet’s Ackerman Prize for chamber music and has served on the collaborative piano faculty of the Banff Centre. An alumnus of Ensemble Connect, ensemble-in-residence at Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School, Wottrich performs regularly with faculty members at the Paris Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, and the Juilliard School. The video of a cartoon theme mash-up Wottrich composed for Ensemble Connect has surpassed 1.5 million views on YouTube. Additionally, Wottrich has worked with such composers as John Luther Adams, John Corigliano, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jocelyn Hagen, Richard Hundley, David Lang, Libby Larsen, Missy Mazzoli, Dominick Argento, and Bright Sheng. Wottrich accompanied mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski in winning 2nd Prize at the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition as well as 4th Prize, the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder, and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Prize for the best interpretation of a British song at the 2017 and 2019 Wigmore Hall International Song Competitions.

Read program notes here

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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