College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Pianist Eric Clark Performs for Final Season Concert

The International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will feature multi-award winner, Eric Clark. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Clark will play J.S. Bach’s English Suite BWV 810, Franz Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, three etudes by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky’s Petrouchka Suite and selections from a commissioned work by American composer Christian Kriegeskotte. Tickets are $20. College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old are admitted free of charge. Reservations and more information are available online or by calling (843) 953-6575.

Eric Clark, now twenty-four years old, has been heard throughout much of the United States and Europe in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh and at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

Having won the First Prize in the All-Instrumental Concerto Competition at Carnegie Mellon University, Clark made his orchestral debut in Pittsburgh playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic conducted by Ronald Zollman.  He has also been a soloist with Sinfonia Perugina, in Perugia, Italy, conducted by Enrico Marconi.

A winner of numerous awards, Clark has received the First Prize in the 2007 and 2008 MTNA Pennsylvania State competition, Second Prize in the ensuing MTNA Eastern Division competitions, as well as Second Prize in the 2008 Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania Competition.  He was named a semi-finalist in the 2009 Louisiana International Piano Competition, the 2008 Viardo International Piano Competition, and finalist at the 2008 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Concerto Competition. In 2005 he was one of 24 selected out of over 150 to participate in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He was awarded a full-tuition assistant-ship to study at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009.  Also an accomplished visual artist, Clark’s paintings have won awards in New Jersey.

Clark is a College and University Honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Sergey Schepkin and Enrique Graf.

PRESS:, March 20, 2011, April 8, 2011