Kevin Ayesh – Pianist

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Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 7:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Pianist Kevin Ayesh has performed concerts and presented master classes throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong. Dr. Ayesh has been the head of the Music Department at Blue Ridge Community College (an all-Steinway School) in Flat Rock, North Carolina, since 1992. As a North Carolina Visiting Artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season.

Ayesh is the recipient of many prizes, including the Naftzger Piano Award, Baltimore Music Club Award, and Winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers’ Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. He has been a finalist in several national and international competitions, was awarded Second Prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition, and won both Third Prize and Composer’s Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.

Ayesh has appeared as concerto soloist with the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, the Asheville Chamber Players, and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the Wichita Community Orchestra, and the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing such concertos as Mozart’s K. 466, K. 467, and K. 488, Beethoven’s 2nd, 3rd, and Choral Fantasy, Brahms’ 1st, Rachmaninoff’s 2nd, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.Ayesh has also presented numerous lecture-recitals of the piano music of American composer Robert Starer.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Ayesh received his Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin; his master’s and doctorate degrees are from the University of Maryland. His teachers were Elinor Aiken, William Race, and Nelita True. Kevin’s program will feature Mozart, Chopin, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.


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