Biography

Tim Schoessler is a concert pianist from Powell, WY; he is available for solo recitals, collaborative concerts, and performances with orchestras. He repeatedly brings audiences to their feet with his stirring and passionate performances of some of the most spectacular and difficult literature written for the piano.

He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Keyboard Performance from the University of Wyoming, where he studied piano with Dr. Theresa Bogard and organ with Dr. Steven Hoffman. Tim began studying piano at the age of seven and organ at the age of twelve. He started accompanying soloists, choirs, and participating in ensembles at the age of nine, and was active performing throughout his teens in Wyoming. In his five years at the University of Wyoming he accompanied over 50 student and graduate student recitals as well over 100 vocal and instrumental juries. He has presented numerous piano or pipe organ recitals in Wyoming and Montana; performances with orchestra have included Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Tim began competing in piano competitions in 1994, and between 1994 and 2005 competed in seven Wyoming state MTNA competitions at the Junior High, High School, and Collegiate levels. He won in 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003, and 2004, and in those years he advanced to the Northwest Regional competition, where he placed second twice. He was the 2000 winner of the Northwest College Young Artist’s Competition; as a freshman in 2001, he was the first undergraduate winner of the University of Wyoming Dorothy Jacoby Young Artist’s Competition out of a field of almost 30 students. In 2002 he was a semi-finalist in the Fort Collins National Young Artist Competition.

Tim is an avid hiker and mountaineer, and plays tennis at a 4.0 USTA rating level. He was the 2012 Wyoming state chess champion and has a USCF rating of 1870. In his spare time he enjoys playing heavy metal guitar, previously playing in two bands from Powell, Settled in Silence and Righteous Vendetta.

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