Yamaha Artist Services Signs Konrad Paszkudzki and William Wolfram to Artist Roster

Yamaha Artist Frederic Chiu William Wolfram

William Wolfram
American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.

Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. In all of these genres, he is highly sought after for his special focus on the music of Franz Liszt and Beethoven and is a special champion for the music of modernist 20th century American composers.

His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American conductors and orchestras. He has also appeared with the San Francisco, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Grand Teton and San Luis Obispo Mozart festival orchestras, among many others. He enjoys regular and ongoing close associations with the Dallas Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra in the United States.

Internationally recognized conductors with whom he has worked include Andrew Litton, Jerzy Semkow, Mark Wigglesworth, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Spivakov, Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jeffrey Kahane, James Judd, Roberto Minczuk, Stefan Sanderling, JoAnn Falletta, James Paul, Carlos Kalmar, Osmo Vanska, Hans Vonk, Jerzy Semkov, and Joseph Silverstein.

Abroad, Wolfram has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Dublin), the Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, the Warsaw, Moscow, and Budapest Philharmonics, the Capetown and Johannesberg symphonies of South Africa, L'Orchestre de Bretagne, and the National Symphony of Peru.

An enthusiastic supporter of new music, he has collaborated with and performed music by composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Kenneth Frazelle, Marc Andre Dalbavie, Kenji Bunch, and Paul Chihara. His world premiere performance of the Chihara re-orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs, was met with great critical attention and acclaim.

Wolfram has extensive experience in the recording studio. He has recorded four titles on the Naxos label in his series of Franz Liszt Opera Transcriptions and two other chamber music titles for Naxos with violinist Philippe Quint (music of Miklos Rosza and John Corigliano). Also for Naxos he has recorded the music of Earl Kim with piano and orchestra - the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland behind him. For the Albany label, he recorded the piano concertos of Edward Collins with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

In print and other media Wolfram was the focus of a full chapter in Joseph Horowitz's book, The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On television, he was a featured pianist in the documentary of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.

http://musicvinearts.com/WilliamWolfram.htm

 

Yamaha Artist Frederic Chiu Konrad Paszkudki

Konrad Paszkudki
At the age of 14 Konrad Paszkudzki was named the “Young West Australian Instrumentalist of the Year.” At 15 he was accepted into University, studying jazz piano at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2007 and was awarded the Melville Toyota Scholarship for most outstanding graduating student. In 2008 he was the winner of the Generations in Jazz James Morrison Scholarship – the first pianist in the 20-year history of the competition to earn the prestigious award. As a result, Konrad has been performing regularly with James Morrison ever since.

In 2009 Konrad relocated from Perth, Western Australia to obtain his Masters Degree on scholarship at the University of Miami. Throughout 2011 and 2012 he was based in LA, where he spent time playing with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and The Jeff Hamilton Trio.

After moving to New York in 2012, Konrad formed his own trio to undertake a one year residency as the house trio at 54 Below (beneath the iconic Studio 54). In 2013 the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio had its own main show at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, broadcast live on WBGO, and was featured with Wynton Marsalis at events for Jazz At Lincoln Center. Since becoming established in New York, the trio has recorded 2 albums.

As of 2014, Konrad is now the full time pianist in the John Pizzarelli Quartet.

http://konradjazz.com/

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