School of Music

Next Generation Greenville
October 2017

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.

The fall 2017 Greenville Next Generation initiative will include side-by-side rehearsals and a final performance only, as master classes take place throughout the year. There is no cost to apply or participate in Next Generation and participants are welcome to apply to multiple cities. For a list of other cities this project is taking place in, click here.

To apply, click here.

Wednesday, October 18
7:00PM-8:15PM - Side-by-Side Rehearsal - Britten  (A.J. Fletcher Music Center - Recital Hall)
8:20PM-9:20PM - Side-by-Side Rehearsal - Dvořák (A.J. Fletcher Music Center - Recital Hall)

Wednesday, October 25
7:00PM-8:15PM - Side-by-Side Rehearsal - Britten  (Rose High School - Band Room)
8:20PM-9:30PM - Side-by-Side Rehearsal - Dvořák (Rose High School - Band Room)

Thursday, October 26
5:00PM-5:40PM - Dvořák Sound Check (A.J. Fletcher Music Center - Recital Hall)
5:45PM-6:30PM - Britten Sound Check (A.J. Fletcher Music Center - Recital Hall)
7:00PM - Concert (A.J. Fletcher Music Center - Recital Hall)

Additional Information and How to Apply:

• Participants can apply for side-by-side rehearsals/performances of the following pieces:
    • Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American” for string orchestra (mvmts. 1 & 4)
    • Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (complete)
• Applicants must submit a 5-10 minute audio or video recording with their application that best represents their current level. Video is preferred.
To apply, click here.
• Application Deadline: October 6th to receive full consideration
• Violin, viola, cello, and bass applicants will be considered.

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


Guest Artist

Xiao-Dong Wang, violin & viola

Xiao-Dong Wang, violin
Artistic Director and founding member of Concertante, Wang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of ten and won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition by the age of fifteen. He is a frequent Four Seasons guest artist; has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Sydney Opera and Shanghai symphony orchestras; and has appeared at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.


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


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

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


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

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