Recent highlights include performances of George Crumb’s Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death, 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. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ducote has played in piano trios, quintets, various duos, and modern ensembles and received coachings from Richie Hawley, Norman and Jeanne Fischer, Paul Kantor, Darrett Adkins, and Brian Connelly.
Outside of academia Mr. Ducote can be found performing throughout the Greater Houston area in hospitals and museums as a Da Camera Young Artist, in concert halls with Musiqa, and even in bars and clubs with his jazz-fusion band, Steve Cox’s Beard. His awards include, first place in the Torgrimson Swanzy Competition, first place in 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 graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts where he studied with Charles Jones, and is currently a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studies with Brian Connelly.