Solomon Eichner to Return for Barton College / Wilson Symphony’s Fall Concert on Nov. 18

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WILSON, N.C. — November 1, 2018 — Acclaimed American pianist Solomon Eichner returns to the Barton College stage to join the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra for its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on campus. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will feature Dr. Eichner performing Chopin’s scintillating Piano Concerto No. 2.

“When Solomon performed here two years ago, he really wowed our Wilson audience,” said Peterson. “Our original plan was to perform the Chopin concerto at that concert, but he had to prepare the Liszt concerto for a competition in England. Finally, we get the opportunity to complete this exciting project.”

The Orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s thrilling Egmont Overture, and the hauntingly introspective Pavane of Gabriel Fauré.

Following the concert, the audience is cordially invited to meet the musicians at a reception, hosted by Aramark, in the Bridgestone Americas Atrium of the Kennedy Family Theatre.

Admission for the fall orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket. All students within the community will be admitted free of charge as well as faculty, staff, and students of Barton College. For additional information, please contact Mark Peterson at 252-399-6535 or mpeterson@barton.edu.

About the musician — 

Equally at home with solo, chamber and concerto performances, American pianist Solomon Eichner has established himself as an exciting versatile young artist known for his commanding interpretations of the romantic keyboard repertoire.

Sponsored by the March of the Living Foundation, Dr. Eichner performed for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in April 2018 alongside Cellist Amit Peled and Violinist Yevgeny Kutik at the Krakow Philharmonic Hall in addition to performing a solo recital at the Krakow Jewish Cultural Center.

In addition to his engagement at Barton College, his fall 2018 performance season includes the Chamber Music Raleigh Series with North Carolina Symphony Concertmaster Brian Reagin and Principal Cellist Bonnie Thron, hosted at the North Carolina Museum of Art, as well as a solo recital at the Paderewski Raleigh Festival in October 2018. Dr. Eichner will be presented twice this season in his hometown of Baltimore with solo recitals by the Yale Gordon Trust and the Music in the Great Hall Series. Additional concerts include a November 2018 recital on the Trinity by the Cove Church Concert Series in Naples, Fla., as well as recitals in Boca Raton. He looks forward to performing Mendelssohn’s 1st with the Salisbury Symphony, conducted by David Hagy in March 2019, and, he prepares for a recital with the Cherry Hill Plantation Concert Series in April 2020, among other recitals throughout North Carolina.

Dr. Eichner has performed across the country and abroad in a wide variety of venues, including but not limited to: Steinway Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, New York City; the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, S.C.; the 2017 Hastings International Piano Competition in England; the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Springs, Calif.; the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif.; the Atlantic Music Festival, Waterville, Maine; the Perugia Music Festival in Italy; and the American Fine Arts Festival in Weimar, Germany.

Solomon debuted at Carnegie Hall in April 2016 after winning the “GoldenKey Debut” International Competition in New York City. He won 2nd prize in the 2016 Miami Music Festival’s Concerto Competition resulting in his Miami debut recital at the Steinway Piano Gallery Coral Gables. He also won 2nd prize at the 2013 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, and 2nd prize and the Chinese Award in the 2013 International Young Artists Competition at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Originally from Baltimore, Dr. Eichner studied privately in Maryland with Irene Kreymer, Reynaldo Reyes and Virginia Reinecke. He graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, having studied with Arkady Aronov and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory studying with Alexander Shtarkman. Dr. Eichner received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in May 2017. He held a position as staff accompanist with a full-scholarship. He studied with Dr. Marina Lomazov and Dr. Joseph Rackers. His dissertation is on the Jewish Soviet repressed pianist/composer Samuil Feinberg.

Dr. Eichner and his wife, Becky, recently relocated to Raleigh where he is on staff at Campbell University and Wake Tech Community College.

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