Alice Rybak, 2016 Core Faculty
Alice Rybak has enjoyed a distinguished career as both a solo and collaborative artist and as a teacher. She has concertized throughout the country, including appearances with the Colorado Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestras, as well as The Denver Brass, and has been featured in recitals at New York's Town Hall and the 92nd Street Y. As a participant in the United States Information Agency's "Artistic Ambassador" program, she presented five weeks of concerts and master classes throughout India, Thailand, and Malaysia, and has also appeared at the Taipei Arts Festival. She has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including violinists Rachel Barton Pine, Linda Wang, Dylana Jenson, and Mark Rush, as well as Metropolitan Opera mezzosoprano Judith Christin.
Ms. Rybak served on the faculty of the University of Denver's Lamont School Music for 27 years, retiring in 2014. She taught piano, piano repertoire, and collaborative piano, served as chair of the department, and was the director of the accompanying program. Additionally, she gave many concerts at Lamont, performing both solo and chamber music recitals throughout her many years on the faculty. She now maintains a private studio and is enjoying the opportunity to teach younger pianists.
Alice Rybak is co-founder, with pianist Susan Grace, of the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani. The Duo, formed in 1989, gained international recognition with performances in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Their special interest in twentieth century repertoire led to collaborations with such composers as George Crumb, Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Bernard Rands, Poul Ruders, and Frederic Rzewski, and to participation in contemporary music festivals throughout the USA, Latin America, and Europe. Quattro Mani also premiered, commissioned, and recorded a substantial number of works. The duo appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall four times and was listed in Symphony Magazine's 2004 Guide to Emerging Artists. Following the release of Quattro Mani's debut CD, A Game of Go, Fanfare wrote: "Grace and Rybak play all of this music with power and intelligence, shaping large expressive phrases. Quattro Mani's blistering performance forms the beating heart of an arresting recital." They have numerous CDs on the Bridge Records label and have also recorded for Klavier Music Productions, Harmonia Mundi, and the Innova labels. In 2008, Quattro Mani premiered a double concerto, written for them and the Alabama Symphony, by Princeton composer Paul Lansky. Subsequent to recording the concerto, they performed it with the Alabama Symphony, Justin Brown, conductor, at Carnegie Hall in May, 2012. Quattro Mani is on the international roster of Steinway Artists.
Ms. Rybak has also been a member of the Denver Trio and the Colorado Chamber Players, and has performed as both a soloist and orchestra pianist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has taught and performed at the Colorado College New Music Symposium and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Ms. Rybak has also recorded for Crystal Records.