Wesley Ducote, Assistant Artistic Director, piano
A versatile pianist with roots in New Orleans and Lake Charles, Wesley Ducote regularly performs works dating from the Renaissance to the current decade as well as the standards in between. As an enthusiastic contemporary musician Mr. Ducote has performed many of the pillars of 20th/21st century repertoire from Wuorinen’s New York Notes to the Ligeti Piano Concerto. He is often seen collaborating with some of today’s brightest stars including composer/vocalist Kate Soper, Emmy winning composer and Vietnamese folk musician Van Anh Vo, flutists Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and many others. Highlights of this season include premieres by composers Karim Al Zand, Anthony Brandt, Theo Chandler, and a new piano concerto by Max Vinetz. Ducote holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from Rice University, where he studied with Brian Connelly, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics. He currently resides in Miami Beach as a piano fellow with the New World Symphony.