Beethoven Violin Sonatas To Be Presented At Baylor Feb. 17

Feb. 14, 2002

by Richard Veit

In a series of three concerts during February, violinist Bruce Berg and pianist Wolfgang Watzinger will present the 10 Violin Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. The series continues with Sonatas Nos. 5 through 7 at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in Roxy Grove Hall.

The final concert in the series will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Berg, the associate professor of violin at Baylor, studied violin and chamber music with Dorothy Delay, Joseph Szigeti, Nathan Milstein and Felix Galimir. He has taught at Baylor since 1994 and also performs as first violinist of the Baylor String Quartet and concertmaster of the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He has served as concertmaster and soloist with the Brandenburg Collegium, the Bach Ensemble, Concert Royal, Ars Musica, the Mozartean Players and the Ensemble for Early Music. He also has appeared with such major performance groups as the English Baroque Soloists, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and St. Luke's Orchestra.

Watzinger was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and studied at the music academies in Freiburg, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. In 1971, he won first prize at the National Piano Competition of the German Music Academies in Frankfurt. From 1973-74, he studied with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities, the United States, South Africa, Asia and South America. From 1980-1994, he was professor of piano at the Music Academies in Berlin and Detmold. In 1994, he was appointed professor of piano at the Concert Performance Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

These concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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