Albertine Baumgartner Votapek from Kansas City and Ralph Votapek from Milwaukee met at the Juilliard School of Music in New York where both were studying with the famous pianist-teacher Rosina Lhevinne.
While studying at Juilliard, Miss Baumgartner gave her New York Town Hall debut to critical acclaim as a result of winning the Concert Artist Guild Award. Shortly thereafter, she began a year’s study with Carlo Zecchi in Rome under a Fulbright scholarship. During that year she performed recitals in various Italian cities and with the orchestra at the Salzburg Festival.
Residing in East Lansing, the Votapeks regularly play two piano and four-hand recitals at Michigan State University where they both have served on the faculty. There they have recorded many television programs which have been distributed nationally on the PBS network. In addition they have performed recitals on numerous college and university campuses throughout the country, and have been soloists in the two piano concerti of Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Poulenc. The Votapeks have given four-hand recitals in Buenos Aires under the auspices of the Mozarteum Argentina. Among recent appearances have been concerts at the Saint Cecelia Society of Grand Rapids, and the Wharton Center at Michigan State. They have also appeared in recital on the Van Cliburn Series in Fort Worth, the Pabst Theatre Series in Milwaukee, the Tuesday Recital Series at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, at Interlochen, and for Fontana in Kalamazoo.