Award-winning talent to be showcased at Chopin Festival

September 13, 2016


The El Paso Chopin Piano Festival will begin it’s 22nd season this Wednesday and continue on Oct. 1 and Oct 15. 


Eric Zuber
Award winner Pianist Eric Zuber will be in charge of performing for the opening recital.


The festival will be held at the Chamizal National Memorial, located on 800 S. San Marcial, and each recital will begin at 7 p.m.; remember that the concerts are free of charge and a 30-minute arrival before the start of the recital is encouraged. 

Eric Zuber will be in charge of performing for the opening recital. Zuber has been hailed as an “irresistibly fluid” and “illuminating” pianist by the New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

Since 2007, Zuber has been the recipient of numerous awards, including several gold medals won at international piano competitions. 

Besides these achievements, Zuber has also received remarkable awards such as the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Gina Bachauer Prize, as well as accompanying orchestras like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (in which he debuted at the age of 12), the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Minnesota Symphony, among many others. 



Alex Beyer will continue on with the festival on Oct. 1. Beyer is a nationally and internationally acclaimed pianist, who was a bronze medalist on the Queen Elisabeth Competition, a finalist of the American Pianists Association Awards and sixth prize awardee at the 2015 US Chopin Competition. 



Alex Beyer
Internaionally acclaimed pianist Alex Beyer will perform on Oct. 1


In addition, Beyer has performed with the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras, among others.

 Besides being a proficient pianist, he is also a dedicated student of mathematics at Harvard and is currently studying with Russel Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory. 

As of today, Beyer has participated with music festivals in Luxemburg, Germany and The United States.

El Paso’s own, Lucy Scabrough, will be closing the event on Oct. 15. Scabrough founded the El Paso Chopin Festival in 1995 and remains as it’s president and artistic director. 

John Prestwood, from the El Paso Times, hailed her performance as “stellar,” with an “excellent technique” and a “profound sensitivity.” 

Scarbrough is no stranger to awards, which include: The Texas statewide Minnie Stevens Piper higher education award, the Burlington Foundation Teaching Award and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, among many others. 

One of Lucy Scarbrough’s most recent and coveted accomplishments was being inducted into the El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame and receiving the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Award. 

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