ECU summer festivals for piano and guitar bring international artists to Greenville for public performances

The inaugural East Carolina Piano Festival and the long-standing ECU Summer International Guitar Festival will bring acclaimed international performers to Greenville for public concerts in June and July.

The East Carolina Piano Festival begins June 23. This is the first year of the piano festival. The ECU Summer International Guitar Festival begins June 30. This is the guitar festival’s 23rd year.

Peter Frankl (Contributed photo)

Peter Frankl (Contributed photo)

The piano festival welcomes legendary Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl to join ECU faculty artists in performance of works by Schubert, Debussy, Schumann and Brahms on June 26. Andrew Tyson, winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and numerous international piano competitions, will perform works by Couperin, Chopin, Ravel and Berg on June 24. Multiple additional concerts during the festival feature festival faculty, guests and participants. Contact 252-328-5184 for more information.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” headlines the guitar festival. Additional concerts feature French virtuoso Judicaël Perroy, Canadian Jeffrey McFadden, American guitarist Andrew Zohn, 2004 ECU solo guitar competition first prize winner Isaac Bustos, 2018 solo competition winner Samuel Hines, Mary Akerman and guitar festival director Elliot Frank. Contact 252-328-6245 for more information.

All concerts are at East Carolina University School of Music, A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.

Piano festival guest artist and faculty concerts are ticketed. All guitar festival concerts are ticketed. For ticket information, visit www.ecuarts.com or call 252-328-4788.

 

East Carolina Piano FestivalFestival Opening Concert Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.  Featuring guest and faculty artists Benjamin Hochman, Yukiko Sekino, Keiko Sekino, Kwan Yi and John O’Brien. Works for piano solo, four-hands, six-hands, and two pianos eight-hands by Mozart, Bizet, Ravel, Scriabin and others. (Ticketed)  Piano recital by Andrew Tyson Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.  Works by Couperin, Chopin, Ravel and Berg. (Ticketed)  An Evening of Chamber Music: Pianist Peter Frankl and Friends Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.  Pianist Peter Frankl joined by ECU faculty artists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim, violin, and Keiko Sekino and Kwan Yi, piano. Works by Schubert, Debussy, Schumann and Brahms. (Ticketed)  Young Artist Program Final Concert I Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m.  Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. (Free)  Young Artist Program Final Concert II Thursday, June 28, 3 p.m.  Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. (Free)  Young Artist Program Final Concert III Thursday, June 28, 5 p.m.  Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. (Free)

 

ECU Summer International Guitar Festival

Samuel Hines Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m.  Elliot Frank/Judicael Perroy Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.  Mary Akerman Sunday, July 1, 4 p.m.  Andrew Zohn/Jason Vieaux Sunday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.  Solo Competition Semifinals Monday, July 2, 4 p.m.  Isaac Bustos/Jeffrey McFadden Monday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.  Youth and College Competition Finals/Awards Tuesday, July 3, 4 p.m.

 

-For ticket information, visit www.ecuarts.com or call 252-328-4788.