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Winter Workshop 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
All participants receive a full tuition scholarship, including room and board
A travel supplement is included
From within North America -- $400
From outside North America -- $800

Faculty Artists and Festival Participants Perform Together in Ensembles 

The inaugural season of Winter Workshop, this unique component of Four Seasons 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. Master class opportunities and special seminars supplement concerts and daily rehearsals. 

Participants will be announced in November after being selected through a competitive audition process.  Repertoire will be assigned shortly after the admissions process is finalized.  

Featured Workshop Artists

Application Deadline
November 1, 2014

Ages 16 to 28

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

Travel Supplement 
From within North America - 400 USD
From outside North America - 800 USD

Audition Requirements

A movement from a Bach solo sonata or partita
(If applicant submits the Bach Chaconne, no other movements are necessary)
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 work of the ensemble's choice

To Apply:
  1. Complete online application (including YouTube links to recordings)
  2. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
  3. Submit C.V./Resume 
Materials can be submitted via email to:  John Holloway, Managing Director, hollowayjo14@ecu.edu
Materials can be submitted via mail to: Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival School of Music-A.J. Fletcher Music Center Mail Stop 506 East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Additional Information About the Winter Workshop
  • Students are housed with host families 
  • Students can arrive at one of two airports: Greenville, North Carolina (PGV) or Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Airport transportation 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



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 Ryder 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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