UNI School of Music professor Sean Botkin to perform at Carnegie Hall

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sean Botkin, School of Music faculty artist and associate professor of piano at the University of Northern Iowa, will make his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The concert will held at 8 p.m. in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Botkin has appeared at Carnegie Hall twice previously as a featured artist, but this will be his first solo engagement at the historic venue.

“I’m excited to perform because this is my official solo debut at Carnegie Hall,” Botkin said. “I attended Juilliard in New York and have looked forward to this – so it’s very exciting to me.”

The performance at Carnegie Hall is a highlight in Botkin’s already impressive career, which, in addition to his appearances in New York, has included an engagement at the esteemed Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“Botkin’s performance is a strong testament to the outstanding faculty members teaching at UNI who continue to inspire students for their future professional performing and teaching careers,” John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, said. “Botkin is an exceptional artist who not only performs frequently at UNI, but at important venues around the globe.”

The concert repertoire that Botkin has selected will feature music rarely performed, including Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1” and Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28.” The program will also feature the infrequently performed “Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1” by Beethoven, and the slightly more common “Scherzo No. 4” by Chopin. Botkin has noted that, for this performance, he chose pieces that audiences may not hear as often.

Prior to Botkin’s Carnegie Hall performance, UNI alumni currently living in the New York City area will gather for a reunion dinner. “It means a lot to me to connect with UNI alumni in New York and to present this concert knowing that they’ll be a part of the audience,” Botkin said.

Botkin has already planned a return visit to Carnegie Hall for 2017. He will perform another solo recital on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, and is considering including a chamber music aspect to this future performance.

For more information on Botkin, this performance or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu


John Vallentine, director, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2024, john.vallentine@uni.edu

Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu