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Public Recital featuring Benjamin Whitcomb & Vincent de Vries

From site: News & Events

Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Eaton Chapel

Contact:, Beth Pohl 363-2366

Please join Beloit College and the music department for a public concert featuring musicians Benjamin Whitcomb (cello) and Vincent de Vries (piano) performing Sergei Rachmaninoff and Felix Mendelssohn.

This concert is free and open to the campus and community.


Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned an international reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year. He appears regularly on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country and overseas, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio.

Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His book, The Advancing Cellist’s Handbook, has received rave reviews from Strings magazine plus the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. A companion book, The Advancing Bassist’s Handbook, is due for release later this year. He is a contributing author to Sharpen Your String Technique and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He has published numerous articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented many papers at national and international conferences as well. He is also a reviewer for the American String Teacher journal. He currently serves as Secretary of ASTA.

Dr. Whitcomb is a Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he has received awards for his teaching, research, and service. Also at UW-Whitewater, he initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, the Chancellor’s Quartet program, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing.


Vincent de Vries is an active performer, presenting recitals as a collaborative artist, soloist, duo pianist, and organist.  Prior to his appointment at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, he was serving as an Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Collaborative Piano at Baylor University in Waco, TX.  He also served as an Assistant Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin-teaching instrumental accompanying to undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. de Vries received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  He also holds a Performer’s Diploma from The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands and a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.  His principal teachers have included Nancy Garrett, Edward Auer, Jerome Rose, and Theo Bruins.  He has performed in the master classes of such pianists as Earl Wild, Vladimir Tropp, Lev Vlasenko, Arnaldo Cohen, Claude Frank, and Jerome Rose.  He is the recipient of many scholarships and has won awards in several competitions, among them first prize in the National Young Artist Competition in The Netherlands and first prize in the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition at The University of Texas at Austin.  

In addition to his piano performances, Dr. de Vries is a highly regarded concert organist, with over three hundred solo recitals and eight organ solo CD releases to his credit.  In 2003 he received the silver medal from the “Arts, Sciences, et Lettres” in Paris for his contributions to the French organ literature.  His recent CD releases include “Into the 21st Century: music for horn and piano” and “In a Lyrical Way” with Jeffrey Powers and a recital featuring the works of Brahms, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, and Milhaud with duo pianist Dr. Bradley Bolen.  All recordings were released on the MSR Classics label.