St Bride's: Music - Kevin Ayesh – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Kevin Ayesh – piano

Tuesday, 14 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Kevin Ayesh – piano

L van Beethoven

Sonata in C minor, op. 13 (Pathétique)

1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio

2. Adagio cantabile

3. Rondo: Allegro

J Brahms

Intermezzo in A major, op. 118, no. 2

G Fauré

Impromptu no. 3 in A flat major, op. 34

F Chopin

Sonata in B minor, op. 58

iv. Finale: Presto, non tanto

Pianist Kevin Ayesh has presented concerts and masterclasses throughout the United States, having performed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. Dr Ayesh has taught music at Blue Ridge Community College 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.

In 2018, Ayesh was a guest artist at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany, and presented concerts at Western Kentucky University, Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, the Silk Purse Arts Centre in Vancouver, Canada, the St. Paul's Concert Series in Walnut Creek, California, the GVPC Live! Concert Series in Henderson, Nevada and at the Emerson Avenue Salon Series in McLean, Virginia in addition to several performances in Europe.

In recent seasons, Ayesh has served as a recitalist and clinician for the Gene Marcus Piano Festival at Purdue University-Fort Wayne in Indiana, the Star Valley Junior Music Festival in Wyoming and the USA Piano Camp at the University of South Alabama; he has also presented concerts at the University of Central Florida, New Jersey City University, Rocky Mountain College in Montana, Saddleback College in California, Shorter University in Georgia, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Concert Series in Yuma, Arizona, St. Paul's Cathedral Arts Series in Burlington, Vermont, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library Series in Yorba Linda, California, the Dallas, Texas Public Library Series, the Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts in Lewiston, Maine, and at the 88 Keys Grand Piano Society Series in Fernie, Canada.

Ayesh is the recipient of many prizes, including the Naftzger Piano Award, Baltimore Music Club Award and was Winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers' Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. A finalist in several national and international competitions, Ayesh 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.

With orchestra, Ayesh has performed 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. He 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 degree 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.

Pianist Kevin Ayesh has presented concerts and masterclasses throughout the United States, having performed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, and has performed many concertos with orchestra. In 2018, Ayesh was a guest artist at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany, and recently served as a recitalist/clinician for the Gene Marcus Piano Festival at Purdue University-Fort Wayne in Indiana, the Star Valley Junior Music Festival in Wyoming, and the USA Piano Camp at the University of South Alabama. He has taught music at Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina since 1992.