October 19-24, 2015

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Solomon Eichner

United States

“Solomon’s playing is poetic, beautiful and moving with deep feeling. A sensitive pianist.”- Gila Goldstein (American Liszt Society)

“A wonderful performance.  We were held captive by your sensitive playing” – General Ed Rowny (Founder of Paderewski Scholarship Fund Foundation)

“"Solomon displays uncommon gifts at the piano. His large scale conceptions create expansive narratives in his performances, and his explosive temperament makes every note ring with energy and excitement." - Dr. Marina Lomazov (USC Chair of Piano)

Equally at home with solo, chamber and concerto performances, Solomon Eichner has established himself as an exciting versatile young artist. Solomon is known for his commanding performances of the romantic keyboard repertoire including Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. 

Solomon’s recent great success on his D.C. Debut Recital at the Polish Embassy Washington, D.C. for the Paderewski Foundation Concert was on April 18, 2015. A full house at the Polish Embassy was sold out, including the honorable Polish Ambassador Rysard Schnepf. This past summer Solomon participated at the prestigious PianoFest in the Hamptons, NY as a full-scholarship recipient studying with world-renowned pianists Paul Schenly, John O’Conor, Orion Weiss and Kathryn Brown. Solomon performed for sold out audiences at the Avram Theater, St. Lukes Episcopal Church, among other venues. 

Upcoming performances for the 2016 season include a chamber music recital for the Music in the Great Hall Concert Series in Maryland with violinst Nikita Borisevich and cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan, solo recital at the Rogers Memorial Library Concert Series in Southampton, NY, debut recital at the Parrish Museum in Water Mill, NY as well as NYC solo recital debut at the Meisel Gallery in SOHO, as well as performing on the Brandonwilde Chase Concert Series in Evans, Georgia, among others.  

Orchestral Engagements include a performance with the Western Piedmont Symphony (N.C.) under conductor John Gordon Ross of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Concerto and a performance of the Grieg Concerto in Perugia, Italy with the Hamburg Symphony and New Jersey debut performance with Maestro George Mariner Maull and the Discovery Orchestra at Drew University.

Solomon has been accepted to compete in the upcoming 2015 Horowitz Competition in Tbilisi, Georgia as well as the Byrd Competition in Flint, Michigan.  

This past year Solomon’s competition successes include being a finalist in the upcoming 2015 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition in Spokane, Washington and semifinalist in the 2014 Chopin Kosciuszko Competition in NYC.

Solomon participated in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition in Iowa and the San Jose International Piano Competition.  He won 1st prize at the 2013 South Carolina State MTNA Young Artist Competition in Greenville, SC, 2nd prize at the 2013 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, and 2nd prize and Chinese Award in the 2013 International Young Artists Competition at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Previous results in competitions include 1st Prize in the Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, Finalist in the Artur Balsam Duo Competition at Manhattan School of Music, 2nd Prize in the New York Empire State Piano Competition, and Finalist in the 2013 NFMC Collegiate Division.

Mr. Eichner has performed at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall, New York City. Concert series include Bluthner Concert Series in Adamstown, MD, “Our Lady of the Chapel Concerts at Charlestown” in Catonsville, MD, Sandy Spring Museum Concert Series, Clarksville, MD, Rice Music House Steinway Concert Series, Sandhills, SC, Greenville Music Club, Greenville, SC, Mt. Vernon Emmanuel Episcopal Church “A Joyful Noise Series,” Johns Hopkins University’s Sheldon Hall Concert Series, Enoch Pratt Library Salon Concert Series in Baltimore, MD, “The Lives of the Piano” Chopin Marathon Concert at Manhattan School of Music in New York City and “Afternoon Concert Series” at the State Department in Washington DC.

Music festivals Solomon has participated in include the 2012 Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California, where he was a scholarship recipient; Atlantic Music Festival, Maine; Vladimir Feltsman’s SUNY New Paltz Piano Program, and Mannes International Keyboard Festival; American Fine Arts Festival in Weimar, Germany, performing at the Hochschule Franz Liszt.

Solomon has studied Chamber Music with Andre-Michel Schub, Phillip Bush, Marian Hahn, Amit Peled, and Michael Kannen, Donald Portnoy and Charles Fugo.

Master classes Solomon has participated in include Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Alexander Kobrin, Mischa Dichter, Anne Koscielny, Yong Hi Moon, David Dubal, Martin Canin, Natalya Antonova and Michael Tree.

Originally from Baltimore, Solomon studied privately in Maryland with Virginia Reinecke, Reynaldo Reyes and Irene Kreymer

Solomon graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying with Arkady Aronov and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory having studied with Alexander Shtarkman.

This fall, Solomon will be starting his final year of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina as a full-scholarship recipient and holds a graduate assistantship in accompanying.

Solomon is studying with Dr. Marina Lomazov and Dr. Joe Rackers.

Website: www.solomoneichnerpianist.com


First Round
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No.4 in C sharp minor,   BWV  872, WTC II
Chopin Etude Op. 10 No.4 in C sharp minor
Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor
Liszt Dante Sonata

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op.35
Prokofiev Sonata No.8 in B flat Major, Op.84, “War Sonata”

Final Round
Liszt - Concerto No. 1 in E-flat MAjor

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