School of Music

Next Generation Greensboro
October 25-26, 2018

Next Generation is a ground-breaking initiative that enables talented young musicians to collaborate with world-renowned guest artists, East Carolina University faculty artists, Next Gen alumni artists (ECU alumni) and current ECU students in intensive side-by-side rehearsals and performances, master classes, open rehearsals and career-relevant discussions.

There is a $50 fee to participate in Next Generation Greensboro. For a list of other cities this project is taking place in, click here.

Side-by-Side Repertoire:
Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 (Movements 3 & 4)
Wiren's Serenade for Strings, Op. 11 (Movement 4)
Sibelius' Andante Festivo
Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances

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Schedule: First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro
Thursday, October 25

3:00PM-5:30PM - Master Classes
5:35PM-6:35PM - Dinner and Discussion
6:40PM-7:10PM - ECU Showcase Recital
7:10PM-8:05PM - Side-by-Side Rehearsal (Wiren/Sibelius/Bartok)
8:10PM-9:20PM - Advanced Side-by-Side (Tchaikovsky)

Friday, October 26
1:00PM-4:30PM - ECU Sound Checks
5:00PM-5:55PM - Side-by-Side Sound Check (Tchaikovsky)
6:00PM-6:55PM - Side-by-Side Sound Check (Wiren/Sibelius/Bartok)
7:30PM Concert

Additional Information and How to Apply:

• Participants can apply for one or all of the following events:
    • Master Class
    • Side-by-Side Rehearsals/Performances:
• Applicants must submit a 5-10 minute audio or video recording with their application that best represents their current level. Video is preferred.
• Application Deadline: September 27 at 11:59PM to receive full consideration
• Violin, viola, cello, bass and piano applicants will be considered.
• All activities take place at First Presbyterian Church: 617 N Elm Street, Greensboro 

Online Application: Click Here

For more information, visit or contact Four Seasons at 252-328-6019 or

Guest Artist

Natasha Brofsky, cello

Natasha Brofsky, cello
A former member of the Peabody Trio, cellist Natasha Brofsky has performed throughout North America and Europe, has appeared as a guest with the Borromeo, Jupiter, Norwegian, Parker, Takács and Ying string quartets, and has recorded for the New World, CRI and Artek labels. She is the artistic director of Music for Food’s New York Chapter, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Natasha is on the cello faculty at The Juilliard School.


ECU Faculty Artists

Ara Gregorian, violin 

Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Gregorian made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has appeared in cities throughout the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki, and performed at the Casals, Storioni, Bard and Bravo! Vail festivals. He has recorded for the Bridge and Kleos labels and performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio

Hye-Jin Kim

Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and has appeared at the Four Seasons, Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo and Seoul Spring festivals. Kim is Assistant Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio



Jorge Richter, viola 

ECU Symphony Music Director and Conductor Jorge Richter is Associate Professor of Music at East Carolina University. He holds a B.M. in violin performance from the Parana State School of Music and Fine Arts in Curitiba, Brazil, an M.M. in conducting from Andrews University, and a D.M.A in conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Richter has held similar positions at Truman State University, Oklahoma State University and The University of Tennessee. He has served as guest conductor of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies and the Espirito Santo Philharmonic Orchestra. View Full Bio

Emanuel Gruber, cello 


Former principal cellist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Emanuel Gruber was awarded the Pablo Casals Prize by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Concert Artists Guild Auditions. He participated in the Musical Spring Festival and the Rostropovich Cello Festival, and was on the jury of the 2nd Davidoff International Cello Competition. Gruber has been on the faculty of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and is currently Professor of Cello at East Carolina University. View Full Bio


Christopher Buddo, bass 

J. Christopher Buddo was named Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. As a bassist, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony. He has also appeared at the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival and the Bedford Springs Music Festival. He holds a BM from James Madison University and both an MA and DMA from the University of Iowa. View Full Bio

Keiko Sekino, piano 

A 2001 Presser Music Award recipient, Sekino has performed with members of the Peabody Trio, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and the Mendelssohn Quartet. She has appeared at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Persimmon Hall (Tokyo), Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria (Spain), Castello Caetani (Italy), and at festivals such as Ravinia, Kuhmo, Santander and Norfolk. Sekino is Associate Professor of Piano at East Carolina University. View Full Bio

Kwan Yi

Pianist Kwan Yi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center and the Kimmel Center. He has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra and collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried and Roberto Diaz. Mr. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute. View Full Bio