School of Music

East Carolina Piano Festival

June 22-30, 2019

Keiko Sekino,  Program Director

The East Carolina Piano Festival brings together internationally acclaimed artists and talented young pianists to eastern North Carolina for a week of exciting concerts, masterclasses, and exploration of art of piano performance from varied and wide-ranging perspectives.

Young Artist Program participants will work closely with East Carolina University piano faculty and guest artists in an intensive yet encouraging and supportive atmosphere to strive for the highest artistic standards. The focus will be on discovering one's own voice and conviction as a musician and exploring new possibilities through sharing ideas and experiences with peers and seasoned faculty & guest artists.

In addition to piano faculty at East Carolina School of Music, distinguished guest artists for the 2019 festival will include Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard School), Yukiko Sekino (MIT, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division), Andrew Tyson (concert artist), and Wei-Yi Yang (Yale School of Music). There will be four public concerts by the faculty & guest artists, as well as final concerts by the Young Artist Program participants. 

We invite talented students to apply to the Young Artist Program and extend a warm welcome for music lovers to join us for the concerts!


Summer Piano Camp

Young Artist Program

June 22-30, 2019

- Piano study with ECU faculty (3 private lessons)
- Masterclass opportunities with guest artists for all participants
- Discussions/conversations with faculty and guest artists on a variety of relevant topics related to piano playing, repertoire, and artistic development. 2018 festival featured several guest artists in informal discussions and Q&A about their concert and teaching careers, as well as (1) a discussion on working with conductors and orchestras and preparing for concerti performances and (2) introduction to early keyboard instruments and historic performance practice as it relates to modern piano playing.
- Performance classes
- Final public performances


Pre-college (grade 6-12) and undergraduate college students
Summer Piano Camp

(click for bio):
Keiko Sekino
Kwan Yi
John O'Brien

(click for bio):
Jerome Lowenthal, Juilliard School
Yukiko Sekino, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division
Andrew Tyson, Winner, Avery Fisher Career Grant; Laureate, Leeds and Queen Elisabeth competitions
Wei-Yi Yang, Yale School of Music

Summer Piano Camp

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

Daily schedule and campus life information (click here)

Tuition: $800*
Housing and meals for resident students: $500
Meals for commuting students (required): $250
*Limited merit-based scholarships available

Deadline: April 1, 2019
Application Fee: $50

Please submit a video recording of 2 contrasting works (10-20 minutes in length) that best represents the applicant's current performance level.

APPLICATION: Apply online for Young Artist Program (click here)

Summer Piano Camp
CONTACT INFORMATION: East Carolina Piano Festival at

Festival Performances (click on name for bio and photo):

Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm
Featuring guest and faculty artists Yukiko Sekino, Keiko Sekino, Kwan Yi and John O'Brien.

Sunday, June 23. 3pm
Piano recital by Wei-Yi Yang
Winner of the gold medal in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Wei-Yi Yang has received worldwide acclaim for his captivating performances and imaginative programming. Most recently, he was praised by the New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. He serves on the faculty of Yale School of Music. Program to include works by Schumann and Brahms.

Tuesday, June 25, 7:30pm
Piano recital by Andrew Tyson
Hailed as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is a winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Young Concert Artist International Auditions, as well as a laureate in Leeds, Queen Elisabeth and Géza international piano competitions.

Friday, June 28, 7:30pm
Piano recital by Jerome Lowenthal
Distinguished pianist Jerome Lowenthal continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a combination of youthful intensity and eloquence born of life-experience. A student of three legendary musicians—William Kapell, Eduard Steuermann and Alfred Cortot (with coachings from Arthur Rubinstein)—he has performed a voluminous and variegated repertoire that includes more than 63 different concerti, which he has performed with many of the world’s greatest conductors. He serves on the faculty at the Juilliard School.

Sunday, June 30, 10am
Young Artist Program Final Concert I
Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States invited to participate in the East Carolina Piano Festival Young Artist Program.

Sunday, June 30, 2pm
Young Artist Program Final Concert II
Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States invited to participate in the East Carolina Piano Festival Young Artist Program.

All performances will take place in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, School of Music, East Carolina University.

CONTACT INFORMATION: East Carolina Piano Festival at