Rex Woods answers our questions about his connection to Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, what is special about it, what audiences should listen for, and his advice for young musicians. Click to read this interview.
Since presenting his first public solo recital over 50 years ago, Rex Woods has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, France, China, and Australia. In recent years he has performed as concerto soloist with the chamber orchestra of the University of Michoacán, the Tucson Symphony, the Mesa Symphony, the Sierra Vista Symphony, and the Arizona Symphony. Recent chamber music appearances include recitals at the National Flute Association Conventions, University of Utah, Humboldt State University, Brigham Young University, and local performances with the Arizona Wind Quintet and UA colleagues.
Mr. Woods received his musical education at Brigham Young University, the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau. He was awarded the Otto Guth Memorial Award from the San Francisco Opera Center for excellence in vocal coaching and was the recipient of the Premier Prix de Fontainebleau in chamber music. He holds the degree of Juris Doctor from Arizona State University. Professor Woods has served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Since 1988, he has taught at the University of Arizona, including 14 years as an administrator in the Fred Fox School of Music.