The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom

William Bolcom, composer

The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom

Stephen Shipps, violin

The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom

Liz Ames, piano





The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom

Stephen Shipps, violin & Liz Ames, piano

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  • William Bolcom, composer
  • Stephen Shipps, violin
  • Liz Ames, piano

William Bolcom

2007 Musical America Composer of the Year and multiple Grammy Awards recipient for his ground-breaking setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Bolcom's compositions include cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and much more. He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 12 New Etudes for piano. Recent premieres include Canciones de Lorca with tenor Placido Domingo, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carl St. Clair at the gala opening concert of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Orange Country Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA; Eighth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival chorus conducted by James Levine; Lucrezia, a one-act opera for 5 singers and 2 pianists [March 2008]; and First Symphony for Band with the University of Michigan Symphony Band conducted by Michael Haithcock [February 2009]. Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973-2008. In the fall of 1994 the University of Michigan named him the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition.

Stephen Shipps

Stephen B. Shipps is Professor of Violin, Chair of Strings and Director of the String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He was educated at Indiana University where his teacher was Josef Gingold. He has performed as a member of the First Violin Section of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. His publishers are Keiser Publishing in New York, Encore Press in Detroit and Editio Amos in Prague. His recording work has resulted in dozens of Gold and Platinum Records for his work as Violin Soloist with the Mannheim Steamroller. As a broadcaster, Mr. Shipps serves as the On-Air Media Commentator for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and he performed for fifteen seasons of extensive concert tours as the Violinist of the Meadowmount Trio.

Internationally, Mr. Shipps is the Coordinator for Global Engagement at UM. He served for seven seasons as the Director of the International Music Academy of Pilsen in the Czech Republic and six seasons of the Cambridge International String Academy in the UK. Mr. Shipps is currently the Director of the Liberec International Violin Academy in the Czech Republic.

Shipps has an ongoing teaching relationship with the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He also serves on the Faculties of Center Stage Strings at UM and at the Innsbrook Festival. His students perform as soloists, concertmasters, chamber musicians and orchestral performers internationally.

Liz Ames

Liz Ames is a collaborative pianist who is passionate about performing and working with instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. Her international appearances include performances in the UK, Spain, the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, the 2008 Contemporary Music Festival in Lima, Peru, and at the 2011 and 2016 International Double Reed Society Conferences. Liz has served as piano coordinator and staff pianist at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences in Tempe, AZ, Urbana-Champagne, IL, and Lubbock,TX. While specializing in saxophone literature, Liz continues to pursue projects with a wide variety of instrumentalists and vocalists. She curated a series of concerts during the 2010-2011 season where she performed the entire collection of 114 Songs by Charles Ives with eight different singers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Alongside her work as a performer, Liz is devoted to creating piano reductions using extended techniques. She has written several published reductions including Henry Brant's Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, Peter Schickele’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano, and multiple concertos and oratorios by Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, Don Grantham, and John Mackey. Liz completed her doctorate in collaborative piano at Arizona State University and is currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, performing with musicians throughout the Midwest and with her duo partner, saxophonist Timothy McAllister. The McAllister/Ames duo will release two albums in the coming year, including the collected works of British composer Andy Scott, as well as a disc of iconic saxophone repertoire by Albright, Denisov, Stucky, Mantovani and Augusta Read Thomas.