Associate Professor of Piano
M.M. - Juilliard School of Music
Office: 55 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2713
Pianist Sean Botkin began studying the piano at age five with his mother, making his first orchestral appearance four years later with the Honolulu Symphony. He went on to study privately with Neal O’Doan at the University of Washington and, under his direction, performed with the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. Sean has garnered prizes in an impressive list of international piano competitions: William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Busoni International Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Dong-A International Music Competition of Korea, International Music Competition of Japan and the Washington D.C. International Competition. A graduate of Stanford University, the Juilliard School, and Indiana University at South Bend, Sean has studied with eminent artists Adolph Baller, Martin Canin, and Alexander Toradze.
Sean has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, and Russia. Concerto and recital performances include St. Petersburg, Russia; Tbilisi and Kutaisi, Georgia; Salzburg Festival, Ravenna Festival, Stresa Festival, Ruhr Klavier Festival, Gilmore Festival, London, Rome, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Lisbon, Tokyo, Seoul, Bogotá, and San Jose (Costa Rica). Equally active in chamber music, Sean has performed with such artists as William Bennett, Helen Callus, Anibal Dos Santos, Mark Votapek, and members of the Maia Quartet. He made his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1993 performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Symphony, conducted by Carl St. Clair. During the summer of 2009, he made a CD recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor and most recently performed a series of concerts in Europe sponsored by Alexander Rachmaninoff and the Rachmaninoff Foundation. Upcoming performances include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at Ravinia in 2012 with the Chicago Symphony. Reactions to Sean’s performances typically are expressed with phrases such as “multidimensional talents”, “superb musicianship”, and “beautiful and rare musical experience”.
In addition to being a member of the esteemed Toradze Piano Studio, Sean is also a performer and faculty member of the Aloha International Piano Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Iowa.