Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00p.m.
A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall
East Carolina University
Next Generation Concerts feature world-renowned guest artists and East Carolina University faculty artists J. Christopher Buddo, Ara Gregorian, Emanuel Gruber, Hye-Jin Kim, Jorge Richter and Keiko Sekino performing alongside selected current and former ECU students.
Maria Lambros, viola
A former member of the Mendelssohn Quartet, the Grammy Award nominated Ridge Quartet and the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora Quartet, Lambros has appeared at the Aspen, Helsinki, Santa Fe, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals; collaborated with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Brentano, Orion and Juilliard quartets; and performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Lambros is a member of the chamber music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory and will be joining the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory in the fall of 2014. View Full Bio
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 has performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.
Emanuel Gruber, cello
Former principal cellist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Gruber was awarded the Pablo Casals Prize by the Israel Philharmonic in 1970 and won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1975. He has appeared at the Musical Spring Festival in St. Petersburg and the Rostropovich Cello Festival, and has served as a visiting professor at Indiana University. Gruber is a founding member of the Tel Aviv Chamber Music Society and is currently on the cello faculty at East Carolina University.
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
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 Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire and Seoul Spring festivals. Kim is Assistant Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.
Jorge Richter, viola
Previously on the faculties of Truman State University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tennessee, Richter has appeared at the Utah Music Festival, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, the 25th Brasilia Summer Music Festival and the Tulsa Philharmonic. He has served as guest conductor of the Brasilia National Theater, Oak Ridge and the National Music Conservatoire symphony orchestras, as well as with the Chungnan Philharmonic, Sang Rok Festival and Antunes Chamber orchestras. Richter is conductor of the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra.
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, Parsimmon 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.
Eric Thompson, III, bass (special guest artist)
Eric L. Thompson, III received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007. His major teachers include Edgar Meyer, Harold Robinson and Ralph Jones. Thompson has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra twice. He served a two year appointment with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as acting section bass and continues to perform all of the classics concerts with the CSO. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2013.
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Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival
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