William Wellborn, Piano
January 23, 2018
William Wellborn, Piano

Joseph Haydn: Sonata No. 20 in C Major

Franz Liszt: Consolations

Franz Schubert: 3 Impromptus

William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured widely on three continents.  He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley.  He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Adam Wibrowski, Andrzej Jasinski, and Jerome Lowenthal.  Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro, and the Festival du Chablisien in Chablis, France.  In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer’s birthplace in Rohrau, Austria.  Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland. Later this month (November 20) he presents a program entitled Beethoven: Familiar and Unfamiliar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Wellborn has served as convention artist for the state conventions in Missouri (2002), California (2013), Texas (2001), and Colorado (2014), as well as giving numerous lectures and masterclasses for music teachers organizations across the United States. From 1996-2010 Wellborn was involved with A CONCERTed Effort, a San Francisco Bay Area concert series which raised over $2,000,000 for various AIDS organizations.  A scholar of historic musicians, from 1995-97 Wellborn hosted the KDFC radio program “Piano Legacy.”  A frequent adjudicator, he has served on the juries of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the California Music Teachers’ Association. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Granados, Mendelssohn, and Ravel.  Wellborn has served as an artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo (1998-2003), the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron (2004-2007), and the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival (2008-2013) summer programs, and is currently on the artist faculty of the Krakow Piano Seminar in Krakow, Poland.


Wellborn is on the national board of the American Liszt Society and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society; he also serves as Vice-President for the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation.  A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions.    Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, and for more information on Mr. Wellborn’s upcoming activities please visit his website at www.williamwellborn.com