ECU piano, guitar summer festivals welcome international performers

Pianist Peter Frankl

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.

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 in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in ECU’s School of Music.

Piano festival guest artist and faculty concerts are ticketed. All guitar festival concerts are ticketed. For ticket information, contact or 252-328-4788.


East Carolina Piano Festival

Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. 

Festival Opening Concert

Featuring guest and faculty artists Benjamin Hochman, Yukiko Sekino, Keiko Sekino, Kwan Yi and John O’Brien. Ticketed.

Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m. 

Piano recital by Andrew Tyson. Ticketed.

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. Ticketed.

Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m. 

Young Artist Program Final Concert I

Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. Free.

Thursday, June 28, 3 p.m. 

Young Artist Program Final Concert II. Free.

Thursday, June 28, 5 p.m. 

Young Artist Program Final Concert III. Free.

ECU Summer International Guitar Festival

Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m. 

Samuel Hines


Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. 

Elliot Frank/Judicael Perroy


Sunday, July 1, 4 p.m. 

Mary Akerman


Sunday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. 

Andrew Zohn/Jason Vieaux


Monday, July 2, 4 p.m. 

Solo Competition Semifinals


Monday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. 

Isaac Bustos/Jeffrey McFadden


Tuesday, July 3, 4 p.m. 

Youth and College Competition Finals/Awards


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