Schmitt Music presents a special concert with pianist Kevin Ayesh at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Monday, April 15th at 6:00PM – Free and Open to the Public!
Watch Kevin perform Brahms’ Concerto No. 1, 3rd mvmt.:
Pianist Kevin Ayesh has presented concerts and master classes throughout the United States (he has performed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico), as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. Dr. Ayesh has taught music at Blue Ridge Community College (an All-Steinway School) in Flat Rock, North Carolina since 1992. As a North Carolina Visiting Artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season.
Last year (2018), Ayesh was a guest artist at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany, and presented concerts at Western Kentucky University, Stephen F. Austin University (TX), the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico in San Juan, PR, the Silk Purse Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC (Canada), the St. Paul’s Concert Series in Walnut Creek, CA, the GVPC Live! Concert Series in Henderson, NV, and the Emerson Avenue Salon Series in McLean, VA, in addition to several venues in Europe. Ayesh has also recently served as a recitalist and clinician for the Gene Marcus Piano Festival at Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana, the Star Valley Junior Music Festival in Wyoming, and the USA Piano Camp at the University of South Alabama.
Ayesh is the recipient of many prizes, including the Naftzger Piano Award, Baltimore Music Club Award, and Winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers’ Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. A finalist in several national and international competitions, Ayesh was awarded Second Prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition, and won both Third Prize and Composer’s Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition. With orchestra, Ayesh has performed such concertos as Mozart’s K.466, 467, and 488, Beethoven’s 2nd, 3rd, and Choral Fantasy, Brahms’ 1st, Rachmaninoff’s 2nd, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. He has presented numerous lecture-recitals of the piano music of American composer Robert Starer.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Ayesh received his Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin; his master’s and doctorate degrees are from the University of Maryland. His teachers were Elinor Aiken, William Race, and Nelita True.