Recent highlights include performances of George Crumb’s Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Hear & Now Contemporary Ensemble and 16×16: The Rice Encores Project, a performance and recording of 16 new encores for violin and piano with violinist Giancarlo Latta. As a soloist, Mr. Ducote has performed with the Rapides Symphony and the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante with conductor George Jackson. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ducote has performed in piano trios, quintets, various duos and modern ensembles with colleagues and faculty artists. His work in new music performance has included premieres and performances of works by faculty and student composers such as Karim Al-Zand, Pierre Jalbert, and Daniel Knaggs.
His awards include: 1st place in the Torgrimson Swanzy Competition, 1st place the Rapides Symphony Concerto Competition, Piano Division Winner of the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition, Red River Radio Competition Winner and 1st place in the LMTA Yamaha Piano Competition. Mr. Ducote has attended both the Aspen and Round Top Music Festivals where he studied with Anton Nel and John Owings respectively. Wesley Ducote is a current student at the Shepherd School of Music where he studies with Brian Connelly and holds Baccalaureate Degrees in Music and Mathematics.