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Next Generation Concert II

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 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.



Xiao-Dong Wang, violin
Artistic Director and founding member of Concertante, Wang entered the Shanghai Conservatory 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; Adelaide, Perth, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras; the Sydney Opera Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as a chamber musician at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Aspen and Ravinia festivals. View Full Bio



Randy Ward, cello
Ward received his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from East Carolina University. He currently serves on the faculty of George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy (Fairfax, VA) as a teaching artist, and on the faculty of Levine School of Music (Washington, D.C.). Ward has been soloist with Barry Manilow playing “Mandy,” Greenville Choral Society, and Hartsville Civic Chorale. He is a current member of Perfect Harmony Strings and StringPoets Quartet, and is a former member of Long Bay and Fayetteville Symphonies.



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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