Violist Wendy Richman, hailed by The New York Times and The Washington Post for her “absorbing,” “fresh and idiomatic” performances with “a brawny vitality,” has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. and Europe. Upon hearing her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza VI, TheBaltimore Sun commented that she made “something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif of the piece.” She has performed at venues from American Repertory Theatre to Miller Theatre, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to Washington, DC’s Phillips Collection, and Symphony Space in Manhattan to the Gewandhaus. Other notable solo appearances include Boston’s Jordan Hall and the American Academy in Rome, and she has performed at international festivals in Berlin (MaerzMusik), Darmstadt, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Morelia, and Vienna.
The particular praise Wendy has garnered for her interpretations of new music has led her to collaborate closely with a wide range of composers and to such performances as the American premieres of Kaija Saariaho’s Vent Nocturne and Roberto Sierra’s Viola Concerto. She and her husband, percussionist Tim Feeney, gave the fully-staged American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Naturale. She can be heard on Albany Records, AURec, Between the Lines, Bloodshot Records, BMOP/sound, Mode Records, NAXOS, New Focus, New World, and Tzadik.
Wendy has performed at such festivals as Aspen, Bravo, New Hampshire, Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, Killington, San Juan, and Yellow Barn. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied viola with Jeffrey Irvine and Peter Slowik and voice with Marlene Rosen, she received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, under the guidance of Kim Kashkashian and Carol Rodland. Wendy was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2011 and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 2012-2014. She completed her doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music in 2015.
Wendy’s most recent endeavor, Vox/Viola, involves commissions from 25 young composers to write pieces for her singing & playing simultaneously, loosely inspired by Giacinto Scelsi’s Manto III.
Wendy is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a Brooklyn-based collective of young musicians dedicated to reshaping the way music is heard and experienced in the United States and around the world.
Unique collaborations with living composers who have written music for voice and viola
Giacinto Scelsi: Manto III