Pianist

Chaz Fautch has performed internationally as a piano soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, and with orchestras. He holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Peck School of the Arts, has studied at Juilliard, and worked alongside an acclaimed Grammy Award winner.


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Chaz Fautch

Chaz Fautch – Bio

Pianist Chaz Fautch completed his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with a full-ride scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. While completing his Master’s degree, he studied under Venezuelan concert pianist, Judit Jaimes, a graduate of the Curtis Institute whose teachers included Isabelle Vengerova and Arthur Rubinstein. Mr. Fautch finished his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University where he graduated with Distinction and a degree in Piano Performance in 2005. During his career at St. John’s, he studied with international concert pianist Dr. Robert Koopmann. He has also studied with Jacob Lateiner at The Juilliard School, and Lydia Artymiw at the University of Minnesota School of Music. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Augsburg College.

In addition to solo piano, Chaz Fautch has appeared as a guest soloist with the East Metro Symphony Orchestra, having performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Prielozny Barnes. He’s appeared as a guest performer for the Rome International Music Festival in Italy and accompanied for Grammy-award winning vocalist Kurt Ollmann, who’s recording and operatic performances feature working with greats such as Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado.

Mr. Fautch’s passion for sharing music extends beyond the concert stage. He began teaching at the young age of 15 and has taught hundreds of students of all ages and skill levels. He has also served as a judge for competitions and piano examinations for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and National Federation of Music Clubs. He is currently a faculty member at K&S Conservatory of Music. Mr. Fautch has presented research for both the 2004 and 2005 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, where he shared in-depth performance research on works by Chopin and Beethoven, which was fully funded by the two largest student grants ever awarded by St. John’s University.

Mr. Fautch has served as accompanist for the University Choir and Men’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher Peterson at Peck School of the Arts, the Concert Chorale under Dr. Sharon Hansen, and Women’s Choir under Professor Gloria Hansen. In 2003-2004, he accompanied concerts throughout Minnesota for director Irene Sullivan’s Canticle Singers. He has given public chamber music performances with the Orpheus Trio, Dmitri Quintet, and the Schumann Quintet. As a chamber musician, Mr. Fautch has studied with such musicians as Bernard Zinck -a graduate of The Juilliard School and Paris Conservatory, and Sachiya Isomura -cellist for the Minnesota Orchestra.

Chaz Fautch has performed with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Chamber Orchestra as well as a guest performer for the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. He’s taken part in masterclasses with world-renowned conductor Nicholas McGegan, pianist and founder of the Round Top Festival Institute James Dick, and principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Anthony Ross. Contributors to Chaz’s studies also include violist and conductor David Arnott, and pianists Alena Abend and Jeffry Peterson.

Chaz Fautch is currently preparing for his upcoming performance, “Concert Russe,” (Sundin Music Hall – May 27, 2016) featuring solo piano works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Prokofiev as well as Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. Thanks to private contributions, the concert is free and open to the public.

 


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