School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Applauded by the Salt Lake City Tribune for “maturity beyond his years” and “dizzying technical facility,” Namibian pianist Willem van Schalkwyk made his debut with the Namibia National Symphony Orchestra at age fourteen, and by the time he was sixteen he won his first international piano competition in France.
Dr. Van Schalkwyk has appeared in concert throughout the United States, Europe and Southern Africa. Recent appearances with orchestra include Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Namibia, as well as Mozart’s Concertos for two and three pianos in Utah. A regular recitalist, recent highlights include performing at the Greyton Music Festival in South Africa, and presenting a solo recital as part of the National Theatre of Namibia’s 25-year anniversary. As collaborative artist Dr. Van Schalkwyk has performed with many esteemed artists, including instrumentalists from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra. He has also played for master classes presented by notable singers like Joyce DiDonato, Gabriele Lechner and Bo Skovhus.
Dr. Van Schalkwyk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University, and he graduated from the University of North Texas with his Doctorate in Piano Performance in 2009. At UNT his primary instructors were Joseph Banowetz, Elvia Puccinelli, and Adam Wodnicki. While pursuing his graduate degrees he was the First Prize winner of the Scionti Piano Competition, and was awarded the Audience Prize at the Louisiana International Piano Competition.
As a vocal coach and pianist Dr. Van Schalkwyk has served on the music staff of the Santa Fe Opera, the Arizona Opera, the American Institute of Musical Studies’ summer program for singers in Austria, the Utah Opera, and the Opera in the Ozarks. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado he was an instructor, coach, and collaborative artist at Southern Utah University.