Guest Pianist in Residency to Give Recital April 21 at UW

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Catherine Kautsky

The University of Wyoming Department of Music will host guest pianist Catherine Kautsky for a two-day residency that will culminate with a public recital Friday, April 21.

Kautsky will present “Songs of Insurrection” at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts recital hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

The recital will feature the works of Beethoven, Alban Berg, Ruth Crawford, Mohammed Fairouz, Leos Janacek and Frederic Rzewski. Kautsky also will lead a piano master class and give a talk titled “Debussy’s Paris: Piano Postcards” Thursday, April 20.

Kautsky is chair of the keyboard department at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., where she was the 2016 winner of the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award; the 2013 winner of the Faculty Convocation Award; and was named the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Chair in Music in 2017.

Kautsky has been lauded by The New York Times as “a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers.”

Her recording of the Debussy “Preludes” was released by Centaur in September 2014, and a recording of the complete Brahms “Sonatas for Violin and Piano” was released in 2019 to top reviews.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email

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