Bethel Balge Faculty Piano Recital
|Event date||Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm|
Bethany piano instructor Bethel Balge presents a solo recital in Trinity Chapel at 7 p.m. The recital is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Michigan-born and Wisconsin raised, Bethel Balge moved to New Ulm in 1995 after almost six years' residence in Mainz, Germany. There she studied piano performance with Professor Herbert Seidel at the StaatlicheHochschulefuerMusik und darstellendeKunst, a department of the University of Frankfurt. In 1994 the Hochschule granted her a Diplom, the German equivalent of an American master's degree in music. At invitation of the Hochschule faculty board of examiners, Balge continued her studies at the Konzertexam level, the terminal program of the German university system.
In addition to appearances in the American Midwest, Balge has performed in Germany, Portugal (Porto International Piano Competition), and Russia (concerts with the Veronisch Philharmonic). Her performance in Germany of Ravel's difficult Gaspard de la Nuit attracted the notice of the Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung, which wrote of her "highly concentrated, technically secure and captivating interpretation".
From 1983-1987 Balge studied with Ralph Votapek at Michigan State University where she received her bachelor of arts in music in piano performance. The College of Arts and Letters recognized her with the Louis B. Sudler Award, given to the senior "who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the creative or performing arts while at Michigan State University." In addition to the HochschuleDiplom, she also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin.