GetClassical’s sound visions presentation at Yamaha’s piano salon features the formidable pianist Eric Zuber, who has been hailed as an “irresistibly fluid” and “illuminating” pianist by the New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.Preludes, the title of the evening’s program includes Preludes by Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy and Rachmaninov.The evening will also introduce two world premieres of two contemporary Preludes, one written by composer Sean Chen for the pianist, and one composed by Eric Zuber himself.Keeping in true spirit with the cultural exchange that makes a salon an intimate gathering, speaking to all senses, audiences will have the opportunity to be also visually intrigued by a display of works by the renowned fashion photographer Vanja Jeftic. A cocktail reception, following the concert performance (ca. one hour duration) will provide an intimate atmosphere to meet and greet the artists and other audience members.Doors open at 6.30 with seating on a first come first basis – concert starts at 7 PM promptly. Cocktails will be served.
Eric Zuber – Hailed as an “irresistibly fluid” and “illuminating” pianist by the New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Eric Zuber has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism. Highly decorated, Mr. Zuber has been a finalist and major prize winner in nine of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions: Honens, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Seoul, Sydney, Dublin, Minnesota, Hilton Head (Gold Medal) and Boesendorfer (Gold Medal). He was also a recipient of the Gina Bachauer Award and the Arthur Rubinstein Prize for his outstanding achievements by The Juilliard School.
Eric holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M). His major teachers have been Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Peabody.
In addition to a busy solo and collaborative career, Mr. Zuber is devoted to teaching the next generation of pianistic talent. He is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, and has given masterclasses in the United States at Bard College, Shenandoah University and Lawrence University. Internationally, he has taught in China at the Bowdoin/Xian International Music Festival, and in Korea at Yeonsei University and for the Korean Steinway Society.
Vanja Jefic – Born and raised in Serbia, Vanja traveled to New York at age 24 without knowing a person here. Aiming to explore his opportunities as a dancer, actor and photographer, he realized after working with numerous New York based photographers that he loved his place behind the camera.
Early on, he gained much of his experience from having his model and actor friends pose for him, which is when he developed the specifics of his point of view in fashion photography. His photography always has a crisp angle and often shows a dreamy, artful rendering of the model he views, from his very personal stance.