CLARKS SUMMIT — The 2015-2016 Arts at First Presbyterian concert series will open with the Terrace Piano Quartet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at the church, 300 School St.
The Terrace Piano Quartet is an ensemble of young musicians with sterling resumes and a variety of national and international exposure. The group consists of John Michael Vaida on violin, Amy Iwazumi on viola, Miho Zaitsu on cello, and Hwaen Ch’uqi on the piano. They will perform the Faure Piano Quartet No. 1 and the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 during the concert.
Vaida and Ch’uqi are graduates of Eastman School of Music, while Iwazumi has degrees from The Julliard School. John Michael Vaida is Adjunct Professor and directs the Chamber Orchestra at Wilkes University. He also serves as Artist-in-Residence at Wyoming Seminary, where he coaches chamber music and maintains a private studio.
Ch’uqi quickly distinguished himself as one of the rare pianists to be invited three times as a fellow to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. There, he studied with such luminaries as Gilbert Kalish and Leon Fleisher.
Having given solo and ensemble performances to critical acclaim in over a dozen countries across five continents, Iwazumi enjoys a diverse career as a musician and web/graphic designer, founding Amy I Productions.
Zaitsu continues to excite audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
This event is open to the public free of charge, but a free-will offering will be taken to help defray costs.
For more information, call the church at 570-586-6306 or visit fpccs.org.