The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

September 21, 2012

Prize-winning pianist to perform

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA —  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s great music without barriers fine arts series will host Eric Zuber, third prize winner, Chopin prize winner and the junior jury prize winner in the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

The concert will be at the church, 4901 Main Ave., Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., beginning the eighth year of the concert series.

Prize winner in the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition, the 2008 Seoul International Piano Competition, and winner of the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Zuber has been called a musician of remarkable emotional intensity and is recognized as one of the leading young American pianists of his generation.

The New York Times hailed his recent recital debut at Carnegie Hall, calling his playing "irresistibly fluid," and the New York Concert Review raved that Eric "was a breath of fresh air... Mr. Zuber struck one as an especially thoughtful player who happens to possess technical brilliance."

Besides many other awards, Eric has received first-prize in the 2006 International Young Artists Competition of Washington, D.C., the Yale Gordon Competition and the Wonderlic Competition. Zuber has also received major prizes from the 2006 California International Young Artists Competition and the 2006 Viardo International Piano Competition.    

Zuber has performed in such iconic venues as the Sydney Opera House, the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre, Shriver Hall, Strathmore Hall in Washington D.C. and many others. In addition, he has performed on the prestigious Rising Star Recital Series for the Gilmore Foundation. As a soloist, Zuber has made appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Korean Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Peabody Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony and the New Millennium Festival Orchestra in Gijon, Spain among others.         

Zuber holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a performance diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

A reception in the church’s Guild Room will follow the free concert.