Eastern Festival Orchestra
Internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalogue of recordings, American conductor Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival and Jack Benaroya Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony. Since 2008, the festival has proudly claimed Maestro Schwarz as its Artistic Partner for Symphonic Programming.
Universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition, Alexander Toradze frequently appears with the leading orchestras of North America, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony. A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Mr. Toradze graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He is the Martin Endowed Chair Professor of Piano at Indiana University South Bend, where he has created a teaching environment that is unparalleled in its unique methods.
Ben Robinette, the 2011 first prize winner of the Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and holds a Master of Music degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is currently pursuing a dual degree in Saxophone Performance and Ethnomusicology at Texas Tech University.
For this performance, Maestro Schwarz will lead the orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 for Piano in C Major, Op. 26 featuring Alexander Toradze, and Ben Robinette will perform Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone in E-flat Major, Op. 109.