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GFA Winner’s Tour featuring Ekachai Jearakul with special guest Hao Yang

Ekachai Jearakul and Hao Yang
CONCERT: Ekachai Jearakul, classical guitar with special guest Hao Yang

Date: Saturday March 19 at noon (doors open at 11:00 am for brunch)
Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students/Seniors/WCGS & PCGS Members
Tickets*: available at box office or online here at TICKETS*
Location: World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Parking: Paid lot or free(?) street parking

*Advance tickets for this event are available here on the WCGS website up until the day of show without fees. Please note, a $3-4 fee will be applied to tickets purchased through the World Cafe Live box office and at the door. Purchase your tickets here early to avoid fees.

The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition Winner Tour to Delaware for a second year! The prestigious GFA Competition is known throughout the world for drawing the most talented competitors and winning the competition is a coveted milestone in the careers of many young artists. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-class artist.

This year’s GFA touring artist is Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul, the first guitarist from Asia to ever win the illustrious GFA Concert Artist Competition. Join us for a wonderful Saturday afternoon brunch concert featuring works by His Majesty, The King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Barrios, Brouwer, Mertz, and Turina.

This concert is a brunch concert. Food service will be available (food and drink sold separately). Concertgoers are encouraged to come early and enjoy brunch at World Cafe Live. Doors open at 11:00 am!

Guest Opening Artist: Hao Yang from the Curtis Institute of Music

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Ekachai Jearakul is considered one of today’s most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene. In 2014, he became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. This prize entails a fifty-concert tour in North and South America, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City sponsored by the D’Addario Foundation, a Mel Bay publication, and recordings on the Naxos and GHA labels with worldwide distribution.

Between 2003 and 2014, Ekachai earned an impressive list of honors, which include twelve first prizes at prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, Spain, Singapore and the United States. In 2011, he commissioned new arrangements and made a recording of the music of the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Ekachai has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as JoAnn Falletta and Bundit Ungrangsee, and has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Orchestra of Italy, the Unity Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kiev Camerata,” the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute Orchestra (Thailand), the Orquesta Sinaloá de los Artes (Mexico), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA).

Born in 1987 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, Ekachai Jearakul started guitar studies at the age of thirteen. His professional training as a full scholarship student began at Mahidol University College of Music, where he completed a Bachelor in Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Dr. Paul Cesarczyk. Subsequently, Ekachai went on to earn a Master’s degree in Guitar Performance at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Prof. Marco Tamayo. Since 2007, Thai Bev “Sangsom” Thai Talent has sponsored Ekachai, and in 2013 he became a Yamaha artist.

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