Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00p.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, Melissa Reardon and Keiko Sekino performing alongside selected current and former ECU students.
Raman Ramakrishnan was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. During his eleven years with the quartet, he performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong and Panama, and across Europe. He has given recitals in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., and has performed at the Marlboro, Caramoor and Vail festivals. In 2011 he formed the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. View Full Bio
FEATURED ECU STUDENT:
Meredith Harris, founding member and violist of the Quartus Chamber Players, received her Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University with Ara Gregorian and her Masters of Music in viola performance at Rice University. An active performer and teacher, Harris performs with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera; has appeared at festivals such as Tanglewood, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Kennedy Center Conservatory Project, Spoleto, Las Vegas Music Festival and the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Program; and teaches at the North Carolina Suzuki Institute in Greenville, North Carolina.
J. Christopher Buddo, Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, 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 forBaylor 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,founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, 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 Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.
Emanuel Gruber, former principal cellist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, 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, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, 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.
Melissa Reardon, a Grammy nominated violist, performs internationally as a member of Enso String Quartet and as a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). Reardon is a First Prize Winner of the Washington International Competition and the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International Viola Competitions. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and is Assistant Professor of Viola at East Carolina University.
Keiko Sekino, a 2001 Presser Music Award recipient, 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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