Ralph Votapek is the first gold medalist of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and winner of the prestigious Naumberg Award. Born in Milwaukee, he studied at Northwestern University, the Manhattan School of Music and the Julliard School. Ralph has made hundreds of appearances with most of the major American orchestras, including sixteen appearances with the Chicago Symphony. He has made a special commitment to Latin America where he has toured every other year for four decades.
In the United States, his solo recitals have taken place in Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center, and on numerous college campuses. His chamber music experience includes concerts with The Julliard, Fine Arts, New World and Chester String Quartets.
While on the faculty of Michigan State University, he recorded over 40 programs, many of which were distributed on the PBS network. His most recent CDs on the Ivory Classics lable feature the complete Goyescas of Granados and the 24 Preludes of Debussy.
Mr. Voltapek recently retired from Michigan State where he had served as artist-in-residence for 36 years. However, his performance career continues unabated in Latin America, Germany and in many cities across the United States.
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