Debra Richtmeyer


Debra Richtmeyer a choisi d'interpréter:
Debra Richtmeyer has chosen to perform:

James Legg

Suite for soprano saxophone and harp (1993, revised 2000) *

  1. Introduction
  2. Ricercare
  3. Epitaph
  4. Lullaby
  5. Dance

[saxophone soprano et harpe / soprano saxophone and harp]

P.Q. Phan

It Eats You Alive (dedicated to victims of leukemia)*

[saxophone soprano, basson et piano / soprano saxophone, bassoon and piano]

avec la collaboration de:

with the participation of:

Ann Yeung, harpe / harp

Tim McGovern, basson / bassoon

Winston Choi, piano

*Création / World premiere

Debra Richtmever, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has performed as a soloist in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. She has performed as a featured soloist with such ensembles as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the United States Navy Band, the Zlin Martinu Czech Republic Orchestra and as back-up for such entertainers as Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Seals and Crofts, Doc Severinsen and Bob Hope.

She has premiered commissioned works at five World Saxophone Congresses, and performed a commissioned concerto with orchestra at the 11th World Saxophone Congress. Richtmeyer's solo recording, "Light of Sothis", was reviewed by The Saxophone Symposium as, "sterling throughout...a first-class soloist by any standards". The Dallas Morning News described her artistry as, "Atmospheric...and ravishing...first class solo playing."

Previously a member of the music faculties of the University of North Texas and Lawrence Conservatory, Richtmeyer holds degrees from Northwestern University, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Frederick L. Hemke. In 1998 she was the recipient of the University of Illinois' prestigious College of Fine and Applied Arts "Outstanding Faculty Award", and was named a 1998 Fellow for the Big Ten Academic Leadership Consortium. Richtmeyer has given master classes at numerous venues including the 1998 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, the Third British Saxophone Conference and the 1998 U.S. Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposium. Her students have won national and international awards and teach and perform throughout the United States and Canada Richtmeyer has served two terms as a Vice President of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and is an artist and clinician for the Selmer Corporation. She can be heard on Reference, Pro Arte, Centaur, ERS, DBH, Zuma, SEAMUS, RCA, Mark Custom, and Arizona University record labels.

Ann Yeung, Assistant Professor of Harp at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has won many international and national prizes and has been featured at festivals throughout the United States including the 1998 National Flute Convention, the 1998 American Harp Society's National Conference, and the 1998 Society of Composers' National Convention. At the age of seventeen, she became the only person to simultaneously win First Priæ in the two highest divisions of the American Harp Society's National competition. She has performed in Europe and Asia, including a solo performance at the Salle Gaveau with l'Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine. In June 1999, Artists International will present her debut recital at Carnegie Hall where she will be performing her transcription of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. In July 1999 she will be featured at the Seventh World Harp Congress in Prague in two solo performances of contemporary music and as part of the Pacific Harp Ensemble of which she is a founding member. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has premiered works and has recorded on the Bayer label with Carol Wincenc and Bruce Bransby.

Ann Yeung completed her doctorate at Indiana University where she also received the Artist Diploma, the Performer's Certificate and bachelor's degree with highest distinction and honors as a student of Distinguished Professor of Harp Susan McDonald. The first two parts of her series, "Gender, Image and Reception: The development and social history of the pedal harp," have been published in the "World Harp Congress Review."

Tim McGovern is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Illinois, and Principal Bassoon of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera. From 1987-1993 he was Associate Principal Bassoon of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Bassoon of the Montreal Symphonette and McGill Chamber Orchestra.

Professor McGovern has recorded extensively with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphonette, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Le Chambriste de Montreal on London/Decca, Canadian Broadcasting Company, and Arabesque Recordings.

Numerous concert tours have included North and South America, Europe and the Far East. McGovern is a graduate of Northwestern University with further study at the University of Michigan. He has taught at St. Cloud State University, The University of Delaware and McGill University in Quebec. He is the recipient of two Tanglewood Fellowships and winner of the International EastlWest Artists Solo Competition in New York City, and the International Perforrners of Connecticut Solo Competition in West port, Connecticut. He made his New York recital debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 1, 1987. Robert Sherman of the New York Times wrote that he was, "consistently musical and extraordinary talent."

Pianist, Winston Choi has performed in the United States, Canada, China and Hong Kong, and has been a prize-winner in numerous national and international competitions including semifinalist in the 1999 International Piano Competition of Senigallia, Italy, winner of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra's International Tape Piano Competition and the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition, and runner-up in the 43rd National Young Artists Competition in Fort Collins, Colorado. Most recently, he was the grand-prize winner of the 2000 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, winner of the 1999 Travel Grant Competition held at Indiana University, and winner of the 1999 Crane Festival of NewMusic Solo Performer Competition.

Winston performs frequently as a soloist, as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Most notably, in March of 1995, he was invited by the Ministry of Culture of China to perform a series of recitals in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as in Hong Kong. He has been a featured soloist with such orchestras as the North York Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University Concert Orchestra, and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.

He is also actively involved in the performances of new music, playing in composition festivals and conferences. Recently, he performed Post-Partitions by Milton Babbitt for the composer's induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio. Last December, with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, he debuted a piano concerto written for him by Mischa Zupko.

Winston is currently attending Indiana University where he is a Master's degree student, studying with Menahem Pressler. He is a Piano Associate Instructor and the recipient of the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at IU as well. Early studies began in Toronto, Canada with Vivienne Bailey and James Tweedie. Later, he was in the Young Performer's Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (R.C.M.) taking lessons with Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher. Winston received his A.R.C.T. performance diploma in piano at the age of 12, among the youngest graduates ever at the R.C.M. He also currently studies harpsichord and fortepiano with Elizabeth Wright and composition with P.Q. Phan.

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