The College of Arts and Architecture

Bradley Otteson, viola

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Monday, February 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

Free admission

Utah State University faculty member Bradley Ottesen presents a guest recital. The performance will be followed by a masterclass for Penn State viola students which is also open to the public.

Ottesen's visit to to the Penn State campus is supported in part by the School of Music's Eugene W. Lederer Endowment and is hosted by the Penn State Viola Society and professor Timothy Deighton.

Recital Program

Suite for Solo Viola in C Major, BWV 1009 ♦ Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Prelude
  • Allemande
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Bourrées I and II
  • Gigue

Romance for Viola and Piano ♦ Ralph Vaughan Williams (with Jina Jang, piano)

Masterclass Program

Fábio Saggin, viola; Taeyong Kim, piano

  • Breit, mit Kraft (from Sonata for Viola and Piano) Paul Hindemith

 Ruben McFarlane, viola; Joanne Yang, piano

  • Allegro appassionato (from Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1) Johannes Brahms

David Phillips, viola; Svetlana Rodionova, piano

  • Vivo con moto preciso (from Concerto for Viola and Orchestra) William Walton

Bradley Ottesen is the violist of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street Quartet. He is an associate professor at Utah State University and currently serves as the president of the Utah Viola Society. Bradley Ottesen
Hailed as a “triumph of ensemble playing” (New York Times), the Fry Street Quartet (FSQ) has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad Magazine). The FSQ is the endowed quartet-in-residence at the Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, and maintains a busy concertizing schedule alongside their dedicated teaching career. 
In recent seasons, the FSQ has commissioned and premiered new works by composers Laura Kaminsky, Michael Ellison, Clarice Assad, and Libby Larsen. The quartet has recently launched several groundbreaking collaborations exploring the role of the arts in social discourse. The Crossroads Project is an ongoing partnership with physicist and educator Robert Davies, a meditation on environmental sustainability. Crossroads productions have been staged more than 30 times in three countries, and have involved visual artists, filmmakers, actors, and composers.
Prior to joining the Fry Street Quartet, Bradley was the assistant principal violist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Alberta, Canada. His early orchestral career included extensive training with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony, and the Tanglewood Music Center, performing under the batons of Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Daniel Barenboim.
He began his studies at the renowned Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA. He has earned degrees from Northwestern University and the New England Conservatory, and his principal teachers have included William Preucil, James Dunham, and Peter Slowik, with further mentorship from Eric Rosenblith, Bernard Greenhouse, and members of the Juilliard, Muir, and Cleveland string quartets.

Ottesen performs on two contemporary violas commissioned by Peter and Wendy Moes of Peissenberg, Germany and Hiroshi Iizuka of Philadelphia. He uses a bow by Pierre Simon of 1865.