Chamber Music Festival on tap for Bryan series Saturday

By on May 1, 2018

Savor the sounds of the Spring Celebration from the East Carolina University’s School of Music Four Season’s Chamber Music Festival when it performs at All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores, Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

This event marks the third performance of the sixth season for the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

“The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival brings internationally-renowned musicians to North Carolina and beyond for concerts, master classes and interactive outreach initiatives,” commented Series Chairman John Tucker.

In residence at the East Carolina University School of Music, the festival is celebrating its 18th Season. The program will be Ernest Bloch’s Piano Quintet No. 1 and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

The performers will be Rieko Aizawa, piano, Hye-Jin Kim, violin, Jesse Mills, violin, Ara Gregorian, viola and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello.

Ara Gregorian, artistic director, violin and viola, is known for his thrilling performances and musical creativity. He made his New York recital debut in 1996 in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall in 1997.

Since that time he has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile musicians of his generation with performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in major metropolitan cities throughout the world including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Cleveland, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv and Helsinki.

Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa, discovered at age 13 by the late Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, has since established her own unique musical voice. Schneider engaged her as soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo’s Casals Hall; later that year, Schneider presented 14-year-old Ms. Aizawa in her U.S. debut concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414, with his New York String Orchestra.

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim, winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been lauded by The Strad for her “ … heart-stopping, unrivalled beauty…well-thought out, yet of the moment.” Ms. Kim crafts extraordinary programs often reflecting her interests in Art and Literature which, paired with her rare sensitivity and intellect, set her apart in today’s music scene. This remarkable artistry brought her to international prominence early in her career when she was awarded First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition at the age of 19.

Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention. In 2004, Mills made his concerto debut with the Chicago’s Ravinia Festival Orchestra. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Boston’s Gardener Museum, and the Marlboro Music Festival.

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. During his eleven years with the quartet, he performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong, Panama and across Europe. The quartet has been in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, where Ramakrishnan maintains a teaching studio. In 2011, he formed the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. This season finds the trio performing across the US and India, as well as recording for Bridge Records.

Tickets are $15 and are available online at They are also available at: Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books, 1240 Duck Rd., Duck; Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo; Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; and Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head.
Free admission is available for students. For more information email or call or text (252) 564-9767.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012. The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts.

Substantial support for this annual cultural offering of events is provided by Towne Bank of Currituck, Village Realty, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk. The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages the endowment for the Series. For more information about these events, visit

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