Internationally acclaimed pianist performs at George Fox University Sept. 22

September 16th, 2016

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Ilonka Rus-Edery and two of her students from Sam Houston State University perform free concert in Bauman Auditorium

NEWBERG, Ore. – An internationally acclaimed pianist and current professor, Ilonka Rus-Edery, will join with two of her distinguished students from Sam Houston State University to perform a free concert on George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The public is invited, and seating is open.

The Romanian-born Rus-Eldery, an associate professor of piano and director of keyboard studies at Sam Houston State University, has appeared as a recitalist and concert artist with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Colombia and the United States.

As a teacher and clinician, Rus-Edery teaches piano solo and chamber music master classes in Romania, Mexico, Colombia and the United States. She has presented and adjudicated at numerous conferences around the country and recently returned from Romania, where she taught master classes and performed at the “Zillele Tg. Muresene” Festival. She continues to recruit students from around the world for the undergraduate and graduate programs offered at Sam Houston State University.

Both of the students joining her on stage, Eduard Alexandru Gavril and Sorin Frisan, are natives of Romania who have extensive performance experience. The former performed for vocal/chamber music master classes at the National Opera Association in Indianapolis and won first prize in Sam Houston State University’s Concerto Competition this year. The latter also performed at the National Opera Association event in Indianapolis and continues to perform solo and collaborative recitals nationally and internationally.

Together, the guests will perform pieces by Schubert (Fantasy in F minor), Saint Saens (Danse Macabre: remix), Khachaturian (Sabre Dance), Rosenblatt (Carmen Fantasy), Rachmaninoff (Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14) and Mozart (Ragtime alla turca).

The concert is a piano exchange concert, as George Fox University’s Kenn Willson, coordinator of keyboard studies, will be performing his “Encounters with Beethoven” concert at Sam Houston State University.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Kenn Willson
Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
George Fox University

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