Pianist Marika Bournaki will make her concerto debut on Saturday evening | New

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GREENSBORO, NC – Eastern Music Festival (EMF), Greensboro’s nationally acclaimed summer classical music festival and educational program, announces a change in schedule for the July 30 concert due to the devastating death of the pianist world famous classic Alexander Toradze. Longtime EMF faculty member and distinguished pianist Marika Bournaki will perform in his place.

Nicknamed “the Celine Dion of classical music,” world-class Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki will make her debut with the Orchester du Festival de l’Est this season. “I am honored to make my debut with the Orchester du Festival de l’Est on July 30,” said Marika. “It was with a heavy heart that I accepted this substitution for the late Alexander Toradze, the great Georgian pianist who died too soon. Meeting him and hearing him play was an experience I was looking forward to this summer. I have been a long-time fan of his powerful interpretations of the great 20th century Russian piano repertoire.

Marika holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where her main teachers were Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. She is a visiting professor of piano performance and pedagogy at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, and on the piano faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. “This summer will mark my 7th year at the EMF. Summers in Greensboro have become a tradition, and performing for the warm EMF audience is a delight,” she says. She is a member of the Mile End Trio with EMF teachers Julian Schwarz and Jeff Multer, as well as the new generation of Piano Six, a touring ensemble that brings classical music to remote and underserved Canadian communities.

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“I will perform Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 1, which incorporates multiple Ukrainian folk melodies. I am honored by the invitation of Maestro Schwarz to give the last concert of the festival at the Dana Auditorium. I look forward to seeing many friends and colleagues in the audience.

Full program details for the Eastern Music Festival which runs from June 25 to July 30 are available at eastermusicfestival.org/calendar.

About the Oriental Music Festival

For six decades, the Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally acclaimed classical music festival and summer educational program, has been produced each summer on the Guilford College campus and at other venues in the Guilford College area. Greensboro, North Carolina. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned guest artists under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. A powerful educational institution, the EMF encourages and guides hundreds of young musicians from across the country and around the world as they take their first steps towards a career in the performing arts. The 61st five-week season of EMF runs from June 25 to July 30, 2022. For more information, visit eastermusicfestival.org. Follow EMF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.