Faculty Recital: Jessica Johnson, solo piano

This concert features works by female composers from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, honoring the bicentennial of Clara Schumann’s birth. Works include: Romance, Op. 11, No. 1 (1839) by Clara Schumann; Dreaming, Op. 15, No. 3 (1892) by Amy Beach; Trois morceaux pour piano (1914) by Lili Boulanger; Troubled Water (1967) by Margaret Bonds; Azuretta (2000) by Regina Harris Baoicchi; Preludes (2002) by Elena RuehrThe Currents (2013) by Sarah Kirkland Snider; Bolts of Loving Thunder (2013) by Missy Mazzoli.

An advocate for the adoption of the Donison-Steinbuhler Standard, offering alternatively-sized piano keyboards for small-handed pianists, Jessica Johnson will perform on the Steinbuhler DS 5.5 ™ (“7/8”) piano keyboard. By performing on a keyboard that better fits her hands (studies suggest that the conventional keyboard is too large for 87% of women!) and featuring works by female composers who are typically underrepresented in concert programming, Johnson hopes to bring awareness to gender biases that still exist in classical music.

Read about Professor Johnson in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Jessica Johnson serves on the piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, where in 2006, she was the recipient of UW-Madison’s prestigious Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Johnson frequently commissions and programs contemporary solo and chamber works, regularly performing with Sole Nero, a piano and percussion duo with Anthony Di Sanza, percussion. An advocate for the adoption of the Donison-Steinbuhler (DS) Standard, offering alternatively sized piano keyboards, her upcoming recording project features twenty-first century works by women performed on the DS5.5™ (“7/8”) keyboard. An active clinician, she has given workshops and presentations at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, ISME, MTNA, Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), Portland International Piano Festival, as well as held residencies at major universities and colleges throughout North America, Europe and China. Johnson has articles published in American Music Teacher, Piano Journal of the European Piano Teachers Association, Clavier Companion, and the Piano Pedagogy Forum. She is a three-time winner of American Music Teacher’s Article of the Year Award for “Feeling the Sound: Reflections on Claiming One’s Own Musical Voice” (2014), “The Art of Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery” (2007), and “Awakening Rhythmic Intuition and Flow in the Developing Pianist” (2019). A devoted teacher, Johnson’s students have secured teaching positions in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Passionate about community engagement and arts outreach, she serves as Director of Piano Pioneers, a program that brings high quality piano instruction to low-income community members and high-risk youth in Wisconsin. She holds the DMA and MM from the University of Michigan, and the BM from East Carolina University

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Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano

Cellist Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at UW-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 41 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history. Mr. Karp has played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in 2002. He is active as a performer of new music and has performed in the premieres of dozens of works, many of which were written for him, including concerti, sonatas and chamber music. As a solo recording artist, he has recorded the solo cello works of Ernest Bloch, and works of Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Ernest Chausson, Edward Collins, Georges Enesco, John Ireland, Alberic Magnard, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Miklos Rosza, and Richard Strauss.

Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the United States and Canada. He was the recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin distinguished graduate fellowship for excellence at UW-Madison.  Prior to his teaching appointment at UW-Oshkosh in 2006, he held educator positions on the piano faculty at the Center of Arts, Mizra in Israel and at the Lyceum of Arts, Baia Mare in Romania. As a performer, his lifelong passion for chamber music has been featured at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on “San Francisco Performances” and “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and many more.  He was an artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, and a guest artist for five years at the Token Creek Festival directed by celebrated American composer John Harbison.