Eastern Music Festival Welcomes New Faculty Artists
Eastern Music Festival welcomes three more faculty artists for its 2018 season: Violist Naomi Graf, Trombonist James Kent and Pianist Esther Park. They will join new Faculty Artist Tubist Aaron Tindall who was announced earlier this year.
EMF’s 75-member professional orchestra — Eastern Festival Orchestra — performs weekly during EMF’s five-week season. EMF’s Faculty Artists are also responsible for teaching the Festival’s 220-plus Young Artists. EMF’s 3:1 teaching ratio makes it one of the nation’s premier teaching and performing institutions.
Meet our new faculty:
Naomi Graf, viola
EMF Alumna Naomi Graf, enjoys an active career as a performing violist and teacher. She has served as principal violist for the Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra and guest principal for both the Bridgeport and Ridgefield Symphonies. Graf has recorded on the Hanssler Classic label as a member of the Rebel Baroque Orchestra. She performs with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra as well as in various ensembles in New York City including National Chorale, Voices of Ascension and New York Oratorio Society.
James Kent, trombone
James Kent was born in Washington D.C. and is currently Solo-Posaune of the Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has given masterclasses, performed recitals and concerts, and taught aspiring young trombone students all over the world. Kent’s first position of note was as principal trombone with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha. Kent then won a position in the newly founded Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
Esther Park, piano
Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Park has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as Houston Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, and many more. Park has received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School and her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Yale University.
About Eastern Music Festival:
The 57-year-old Eastern Music Festival promotes musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation, and diversity through a nationally recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts and other outreach programs in Greensboro and the Triad. Each summer EMF attracts over 220 talented, dedicated young artists (ages 14-23) from across the U.S. and the globe to study and perform for five weeks with its 75-plus faculty musicians. EMF provides specialized courses of study for students in orchestral, piano, conducting, and classical guitar studies.
In 2017, 18,000 people attended EMF’s 65-plus ticketed performances and events, and many more participated in community outreach performances at libraries, churches, senior communities, parks, etc. For more information about EMF and the 2018 season, visit EasternMusicFestival.org. Eastern Music Festival returns June 23- July 28, 2018, for its 57th season.
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