School of Music

Next Generation Residency II

Residency: January 13-21, 2017 
Raleigh Concert: 7:30 PM, January 20, 2017 - Hayes Barton United Methodist Church
Greenville Concert: 7:00 PM, January 21, 2017 - A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall 

Next Generation residencies feature world-renowned guest artists and ECU faculty artists performing alongside selected current ECU students, ECU Next Gen Alumni Artists and music students from communities throughout the region. Next Generation Residency I takes place in Greenville and Raleigh and includes intensive side-by-side rehearsals and performances, master classes, open rehearsals and career-relevant discussions for students in these areas. Participation is free and all are encouraged to apply. For more information on the program, watch this video or contact Four Seasons (; 252-328-6019).

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Guest Artist

Zvi Plesser, cello

Zvi Plesser, cello

Plesser has performed to critical acclaim throughout North and Central America, Europe and Israel. He has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and has participated at the Marlboro, Cervantino, and Lapland festivals. Plesser is on the cello faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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ECU Faculty Artists

Ara Gregorian

Ara Gregorian - Artistic Director, violin and viola

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 Vail festivals. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.

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Emanuel Gruber, cello

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

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, Hanover Chamber 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

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. Richter is conductor of the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra.

Keiko Sekino

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.