Dr. Tyler Wottrich

Dr. Tyler WottrichAssistant Professor

E-Mail: Tyler.Wottrich@ndsu.edu
Office: 219 Music Education Building
Phone: (701) 231-7884
Web: tylerwottrich.com


  • D.M.A., Stony Brook University
  • M.M., Stony Brook University
  • B.M., University of Minnesota


Pianist Tyler Wottrich has developed a career spanning an unusually broad spectrum of musical genres including solo piano, chamber music, ballet, opera, and gospel. An alumnus of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW; a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute, and the New York City Department of Education), Wottrich performs frequently in such venues as Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls and the Juilliard School. Recently, Wottrich collaborated with mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski to win the 2nd Prize at the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. Wottrich was also a recipient of the 2011 Emerson Quartet’s Ackerman Prize for chamber music and has performed with such artists as Carol Wincenc, Alan Kay, Frank Morelli, Kevin Cobb, Osmo Vänskä, Harry Bicket, Jorja Fleezanis, Andres Diaz, and Ransom Wilson. In his collaboration with Bolshoi prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, Tyler was described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “fearless and loving.” His performances have been heard on classical radio stations including Chicago’s WFMT, Cleveland’s WCLV, Minnesota’s MPR, and Michigan’s WMNU.

Wottrich is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at North Dakota State University, where he is developing a new graduate collaborative piano program and teaches applied piano and collaborative piano as well as theory and analysis courses. He is the founder and artistic director of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival, an annual event since 2015, which features world-class string players performing with NDSU student pianists.  

During his residency at Stony Brook University between 2009 and 2013, Wottrich maintained a successful studio of undergraduate and graduate students. He has given masterclasses in the United States and abroad at institutions including the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, Skidmore College, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Jacksonville State University, the University of North Georgia, the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, the Pyotr Eben School in the Czech Republic, and Cremarian University in the Ukraine. As a member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Wottrich presented numerous interactive performances and educational presentations in public schools, hospitals, prisons, and other community venues throughout New York City’s five boroughs. 

Committed to his collaborations with singers, Wottrich has performed with members of the Grammy Award-winning African-American Choral Group “Sounds of Blackness” and has appeared at Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues” at Carnegie Hall after garnering an honorable mention in the 2011 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Wottrich has been a vocal coach at Stony Brook University, Opera North, the Music Academy of the West, and the Cleveland Art Song Festival. Recent appearances include solo recitals and chamber music performances at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Recital Halls, the Juilliard School, Lehman College, Dartmouth College, Stony Brook University, Subculture NYC, and other prominent New York City venues. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Wottrich served on the collaborative piano faculty of the Banff Centre, Canada’s most prominent music festival. 

Wottrich began his piano studies with Gail Olszewski before studying with Lydia Artymiw at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with degrees in both music and mathematics. He completed his M.M. and D.M.A. as a Staller Fellow at Stony Brook University, where he studied with Gilbert Kalish.

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