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Next Generation Concert I

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 3:00p.m.
A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall
East Carolina University

Free Admission

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.



Ida Kavafian, violin
The versatile violinist/violist Ida Kavafian has performed extensively as a soloist, as Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as co-founder of Tashi, OPUS ONE, Trio Valtorna, Bravo! Colorado in Vail and Music from Angel Fire, where she is Artistic Director. Former member of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, she is a faculty member at The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School and Bard College. She has also found great success with her hobby, raising prize winning purebred Vizsla dogs. View Full Bio


Hagai Shaham, violin
First prize winner of the 1990 Munich ARD International Music Competition, Shaham has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and has performed at the Schleswig- Holstein, Montpellier, Kuhmo, Pablo- Casals and Israel festivals. Shaham is a member of the faculty at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and is Artist-in- Residence at Stony Brook University. View Full Bio


Xiao-Dong Wang, viola
Artistic Director of Concertante, Wang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of ten and won the Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition by the age of fifteen. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared as a chamber musician at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Aspen and Ravinia festivals. View Full Bio



Abigail VanSteenhuyse, violin
Van Steenhuyse received degrees in violin performance from East Carolina University and University of Michigan and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Winner of the Mary Ruth Hardy Violin Scholarship and the Raleigh Symphony concerto competition, she has performed in England, Iceland, Scotland, Austria, the Czech Republic, France and Canada. Van Steenhuyse is on the faculty of the Paul Rolland String Method Workshop at George Mason University and is a member of the Wilmington and Long Bay Symphonies, the Atlantean Piano Trio, the Caretta Quartet and the Carolina International Orchestra.


Elizabeth Ivy, violin
Ivy received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and completed a double certificate in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University. Ivy has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Severance Hall and Seully Hall, and performs with the Long Bay Symphony in South Carolina and the Trent River Chamber Players in New Bern, NC. Ivy maintains a private studio and teaches Suzuki violin classes at Snow Hill, Greene County Schools, St. Peter’s Catholic School and The Oakwood School in Greenville, NC.


Christopher Nunnally, cello
Orchestra director at J.H. Rose High School and The Oakwood School in Greenville, NC, Nunnally received his Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and his Juris Doctor degree from the New York Law School. He has served as a member of the cello faculties at the Saturday Music Academy of the Ross School, the Suzuki Institute of North Carolina and the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Music Festival, and has attended the Bowdoin, Garth Newel and Music @ Menlo festivals. Nunnally is a practicing attorney and artistic director of The West Side Cello.



J. Christopher Buddo, bass
Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Buddo came to East Carolina University in the fall of 2006 as Director of the School of Music. Prior to that he was a double bass professor and the Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs for
Baylor University. Dr. Buddo has also taught at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, the University of Northern Iowa and Birch Creek Summer Music Festival. As a bassist he has performed with the Fort Worth and Waco Symphony Orchestras, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony and the Bedford Springs Music Festival.


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.


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