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Winter Workshop 2015
Two concerts
Two different programs
Free Admission

January 9th, 2015 7p.m.
January 10th, 2015 4p.m.

A.J. Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

Winter Workshop 2015 Applicant Information

Monday, January 5, 2015 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
All participants receive a full tuition scholarship, including room and board
A travel supplement is included

Faculty Artists and Festival Participants Perform Together in Ensembles 
The inaugural season of Winter Workshop brings musicians from throughout the world to Greenville, NC to collaborate and perform chamber music alongside world-renowned professionals in a focused six-day setting.  Each festival participant will be in at least one chamber music ensemble that includes faculty artists.  Every participant will have at least two chamber music ensembles and will perform on the concerts at the culmination of the workshop (January 9 and 10). Participants will also have the opportunity to play in master classes (solo and/or chamber music) and to participate in seminars that are relevant to their life as a musician. 

Participants will be announced in November.  
Repertoire will be assigned shortly after the admissions process is finalized.  

Application Deadline
November 1, 2014

Ages 16 to 28
Piano, violin, viola, cello 
Pre-formed ensembles consisting of these instruments may also apply
For pre-formed ensembles, members of the group may exceed the age of 28 as long as the average age of the group does not exceed 28

All participants receive a full scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board

Airfare Supplement
From within North America - up to 400 USD
From outside North America - up to 800 USD

*Participants traveling via car, bus or train will receive the same supplement
*Cello airfare will also be covered up to the same amounts

Audition Requirements
Concerti recordings must be accompanied

A movement from a Bach solo sonata or partita
A significant movement from a standard violin concerto
(If the applicant chooses Shostakovich Concerto No.1, only third and fourth movements together qualify)

A prelude from a Bach cello suite
A significant movement from a standard concerto

A prelude from a Bach cello suite 
A significant movement from a standard concerto 

A movement from a Classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
A piece of the applicant's choice 
(Individual movements suffice for multi-movement works)

Pre-formed Ensembles:

A movement from a Classical work (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
A piece of the ensemble's choice
(Individual movements suffice for multi-movement works)

To Apply
-Complete online application (including YouTube links to recordings - can be audio or video, but video is preferred)
It is recommended that the applicant post private links
-Submit two letters of recommendation
-Submit c.v/resume
-For pre-formed ensembles, two letters of recommendation addressing the specific ensemble satisfies this requirement.  Applicants need not submit two letters of recommendation each.
-For pre-formed ensembles, all members of the group must submit individual applications

Materials can be submitted via emai to:  John Holloway, managing director, hollowayjo14@ecu.edu

Additional Information About Winter Workshop 2015
-Students are housed with host families 
-Students can arrive at one of two airports: Greenville, North Carolina (PGV) or Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
-Transportation to/from RDU/PGV is provided by Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival
-Events take place at A.J. Fletcher Music Center on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC
-Students arrive on January 4th and depart January 11th

John Holloway, managing director



Robert McDonald, piano
McDonald has performed internationally as a solo recitalist and as a recital partner to Isaac Stern and other celebrated instrumentalists. He has appeared with the San Francisco, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Curtis symphony orchestras as well as with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional in Costa Rica and the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. He won the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition and has performed with the Juiliiard, Takacs and Brentano string quartets. McDonald is a member of the faculties at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.
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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. 


David Bowlin, violin
First-prize winner of the 2003 Washington International Competition, Bowlin’s performances have brought him across North America, Europe and Asia. He is a founding member of the highly acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a member of the Oberlin Trio and a former member of Da Capo Chamber Players. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, performed as guest concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director of Chamber Music Quad-Cities. Bowlin has recorded for the Arsis, New Focus, Naxos and Mode labels and is on the violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. 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 performed at the Casals, Storioni, Bard and Vail festivals. He has recorded for the Bridge and Kleos labels and performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio


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.
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Nicholas Cords, viola
Founding member of the Brooklyn Rider and a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, violist Nicholas Cords has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has appeared frequently on television and radio shows including the David Letterman Show, National Public Radio and Good Morning America, and is a member of many other ensembles, including the Caramoor Virtuousi, The Knights, and for a decade as a core member of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Cords a member of the viola faculty at Stony Brook University. View Full Bio


Amit Peled, cello
A featured artist at the world’s premier halls, Peled has appeared in London, New York, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv. He has recently performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, European Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and the Radio Symphony Saarbrucken, and has appeared at the Newport, Seattle and Marlboro music festivals. His performances have been broadcast on NPR, Radio France and Swedish National Radio. He is on the cello faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. View Full Bio


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.


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