Cellist and Pianist to Perform Guest Recital

Posted on 10/20/2015 3:47:20 PM
Benjamin Whitcomb

Visiting cellist Benjamin Whitcomb and pianist Vincent deVries will present an afternoon of chamber music on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in Cogswell Hall, Room 121. Admission is free.

The program will feature the Twelve Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” by Ludwig van Beethoven, and sonatas for cello and piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Edvard Grieg. Both guest artists will also present master classes for IUP string students at 1:30 p.m. and piano students at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30.

Benjamin Whitcomb is a professor of cello and music theory at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he has received awards for his teaching, research, and service. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than 30 concerts a year around the country and overseas.

He is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His book, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook, has received rave reviews from Strings magazine plus the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. Companion books for the other bowed string instruments were published in 2013. He is a contributing author to Sharpen Your String Technique and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. 

At UW–Whitewater, Whitcomb initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, the Chancellor's Quartet program, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University.

Vincent deVries

DeVries received his DMA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a performer’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, the Netherlands, and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

He is the recipient of many scholarships and has won awards in several competitions, among them first prize in the National Young Artist Competition in the Netherlands and first prize in the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition at the University of Texas at Austin. 

In addition to his piano performances, deVries is a highly regarded concert organist with over 300 solo recitals and eight organ solo CD releases to his credit. In 2003, he received the silver medal from the Arts, Sciences, et Lettres in Paris for his contributions to the French organ literature. His recent CD releases include Into the 21st Century: music for horn and piano and In a Lyrical Way with Jeffrey Powers. All recordings were released on the MSR Classics label.