May 31, 2017

Correction: Van Cliburn Competition and Northwestern

The Bienen School of Music previously stated that EunAe Lee, doctoral candidate in piano, was the first Northwestern student invited to compete in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Northwestern School of Music alumnus Ralph Votapek (60) performed in the inaugural Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962 and won the gold medal in the elite competition. The Bienen School of Music sincerely regrets this error.

Ralph Votapek

Professor Votapek is also a winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award. He has made hundreds of appearances with American orchestras and has toured Latin America every other year for more than 40 years, performing in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Asuncion, Montevideo, Sao Paolo, Lima, Caracas, Santiago and numerous smaller cities. Votapek is a celebrated solo recitalist throughout four continents. In New York, he has performed repeatedly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Guest appearances with the Juilliard, Fine Arts, New World and Chester String Quartets are highlights of his extensive chamber music experience.

In addition to Northwestern University, Votapek attended the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University, where he is currently professor emeritus of piano at the College of Music.

The Bienen School is proud of Professor Votapek’s many accomplishments and we apologize to him for this unfortunate error.

Photo by Sergei Kvitko