Small nws excemption3 Solo Spotlight: Lieder Deconstructed

Live Events | Ansel Norris, Trumpet / John Wilson, Piano
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Trumpet Fellow Ansel Norris performs songs by classical music’s best lyricists: Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss

Trumpet and Piano

Ansel Norris

First-year Trumpet Fellow Ansel Norris has distinguished himself as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician of enthusiasm and diverse taste. He was twice a first-prize winner at the National Trumpet Competition's solo division, a YoungARTS Gold Award recipient and a first prize winner in Chicago's Luminarts competition, among others. In 2016 he gave a provocative solo recital in a bold new format—a performance of Schubert's "Die Schone Müllerin" with the text of the poems delivered verbally in between each song. He has been inspired by the relationship of music to storytelling, and finds particular relevance in the palette of moods and colors that gave life to romantic art song. This is a medium he has become fascinated with and intends to continue to explore as he moves forward.

Mr. Norris has a great love for the sound of the orchestra and has given performances with the Chicago and Boston symphonies, spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and completed a two-year period as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He is excited to join the Peninsula Music Festival of Door County, Wisconsin this season.

As a founding member of the Lincoln Chamber Brass, Mr. Norris competed in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition of 2014, earning a bronze medal. In 2016 he graduated from Northwestern University. He feels very grateful for the mentors who have pushed him along the way, including his mom, John Aley, Charles Geyer, Thomas Rolfs, Christopher Martin, Stephen Burns, Mark Gould and Robert Sullivan, to name just a few.

Mr. Norris has interests in reading, cooking, hiking, playing ping pong, doing yoga and playing video games, in no particular order. In Miami he hopes to explore all of these interests, in addition to many great musical opportunities, with a curious mind and an open heart.

John Wilson

A second-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony, John Wilson was lauded by the Baltimore Sun for his “admirable technical confidence and expressive sensitivity.” Mr. Wilson has performed extensively on the piano, as well as the organ, harpsichord and celesta, in a variety of roles from soloist to ensemble musician to répétiteur. Recent highlights include concerto performances with the New World Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He also serves as Principal Keyboardist of the Reading Symphony. He has been staff pianist at the Baltimore Lyric Opera since 2012.

As an orchestral pianist, Mr. Wilson has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Jacques Lacombe, David Robertson, Stéphane Denève, Nicholas McGegan and many others, and has played with the Baltimore and New Jersey symphonies. He has also performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic and Aspen Chamber Orchestra as a Fellow for three summer seasons. As a chamber musician, he has performed in recital with Joshua Bell, and in ensembles with Daniel Hope and Robert McDuffie.

Mr. Wilson earned his bachelor of music, master of music and graduate performance diploma degrees at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Benjamin Pasternack and Marian Hahn, and was a recipient of the Presser and Clara Ascherfield awards. He additionally took part in master classes with Murray Perahia and Leon Fleisher. In 2012 Mr. Wilson made his solo performance debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.