From the time he was about 12 years old, when he graduated from weekly Suzuki piano lessons to working with real professors at the University of Cincinnati, Bryan Wallick has known he wanted to make music for his living.
“From [that] point on, my parents never asked me to practice,” he said via email. “I did all the work on my own.”
The young Wallick worked on technique and repertoire with his instructors, of course, but the most important thing he learned, he said, was love of music.
“I was just inspired by the way they taught, spoke and ‘lived’ the music we worked on,” he said. “This is why I spent the hours I did at the instrument during these early years, as I just didn’t think there was anything else in life that was so exciting, meaningful and fulfilling.”
He still feels that way.
“Many of my friends and colleagues have day jobs that might make them more money than most musicians,” he said, “but most of them hate every second of their work. I love every minute I spend sitting at the instrument, whether it’s practicing or teaching.”
Wallick, who this fall moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to take an assistant professorship at Colorado State University, is the next artist set to perform in the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Community Concert Series. He will perform his “Fugue Finale” program of works for solo piano by César Franck, Johannes Brahms, Samuel Barber and Franz Liszt at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
“All of these pieces are linked by their concluding fugues, which end each work,” Wallick said.
Admission to Friday’s concert is free, but tickets are required. Community concerts are offered the second Friday of each month through the winter and spring. Call 733-1128 or go to GTMF.org for information and tickets. ￼
Read more about Wallick and the performance in this week's Scene section.