El Paso Chopin Piano Festival celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year and this season features three special guests.
For 25 years, El Paso has hosted some of the finest pianists in the world, this year, the festival features pianists Josh Wright, Mei-Ting Sun, and El Paso’s own Lucy Scarbrough in three separate concerts in September and October.
“Chopin is heralded the world’s most influential piano composers, and his work knows no barriers of nation or culture,” EPCC officials share. “He is celebrated here in the El Paso-Juarez international communities to honor the love for cultural and musical diversity found in this region.”
The Festival is sponsored by the El Paso Community College “Salute to the Arts” Program, United Bank of El Paso, and the El Paso Chopin Piano Festival Society.
El Paso is one of a select number of cities outside of Europe that annually celebrates the great works of Frederic Chopin.
Josh Wright, Saturday, 28 September, 7:00 PM
Billboard #1 artist Dr. Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. The Washington Post described him as a pianist possessing “rarer gifts – touch, intelligence and the ability to surprise.” His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011.
Josh was a prizewinner in many competitions, including the 2015 National Chopin Competition, where he also won the Mazurka prize.
Mei-Ting Sun, Saturday, 12 October, 7:00 PM
Critically acclaimed pianist Mei-Ting has been heard in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, performing an extensive repertoire that includes the complete works for solo piano of Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy, in addition to all 32 Sonatas of Beethoven. After winning several major competitions, including the first Piano-e competition and the National Chopin Competition of the U.S.,
Mei-Ting’s career has taken led him to performances in 21 countries through five continents.
Lucy Scarbrough, Saturday 26 October, 7:00 PM
Lucy Scarbrough is a noted pianist and composer. Her concert features the works of Chopin as well as hers own piano compositions. Of her, noted composer Leo Sowerby wrote, “She has that star quality that makes her memorable.” Scarbrough has been hailed as “…a soloist of rare power and sensitivity.” (El Paso Times).
Where: Chamizal National Memorial Theater.
When: All performances begin at 7:00 PM
Admission: Free of charge. Arrive early to ensure a seat!