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Alice Rybak

Alice   Rybak

  • Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 432
  • 303-871-6245
  • arybak@du.edu

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Biography:

Pianist Alice Rybak has had a distinguished career as both a solo and collaborative artist and as a teacher. She is Director of the Accompanying Program and Lecturer of piano at the Lamont School of Music. The winner of several prestigious competitions and awards, Ms. Rybak entered the Juilliard School at age seven, where she studied piano with Herbert Stessin. She has studied piano and chamber music with Menahem Pressler, Abbey Simon and Janos Starker at Indiana University's School of Music.

Ms. Rybak has performed throughout the country, including performances with the Colorado Symphony, The Denver Brass, Amarillo Symphony and National Repertory Orchestras, as well as appearances at New York's Town Hall and the 92nd Street Y. As the winner of the United States Information Agency's "Artistic Ambassador" competition she presented five weeks of concerts and master classes throughout India, Thailand and Malaysia and has also appeared at the Taipei Arts Festival. She has performed with a wide variety of musicians including violinists Rachel Barton, Dylana Jenson and Sergiu Schwartz, and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Judith Christin. In June 2009, Ms. Rybak performed with Lamont's Linda Wang and Kenneth Cox in China, during a music school sponsored recruiting trip to Shanghai and Beijing.

Alice Rybak performs frequently with pianist Susan Grace as the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani. The duo, formed in 1989, has gained international recognition with performances in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States.  Their special interest in 20th and 21st century repertoire has led to dedications and collaborations with many composers including George Crumb, Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Bernard Rands, Poul Ruders and Frederic Rzewski and has led to appearances at international contemporary music festivals.  Quattro Mani has numerous CDs on the Bridge Records label and has also recorded for Klavier Music Productions and Innova. In 2008, Quattro Mani premiered a new double concerto, written for them and the Alabama Symphony, by Paul Lansky.

Ms. Rybak has also performed with the Denver Trio, the Colorado Chamber Players and as orchestra pianist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  In the summer she teaches at Indiana University's School of Music Piano Academy and performs at Colorado College's New Music Symposium.