CSUB Guitar Arts Concert Series Presents: Ekachai Jearakul

The California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Visiting Artist Series will be presenting Ekachai Jearakul on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building, Room 127 on CSUB’s campus. Jearakul is the 2014 winner of the annual Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist (GFA) Competition, which is highly competitive and grants awardees with the prestigious award, a recording contract, as well as a subsidized 50-city concert tour. Bakersfield has been one of the stops on that international tour for the past five seasons. Jearakul will present a dynamic program of music by Leo Brouwer, Joaquîn Turina, Stephen Goss and Johann Kaspar Mertz, among others.

“The Visiting Artist Series is an extension of the former Guitar Arts Series, and we are so happy to showcase Mr. Jearakul this season. The annual visit from the GFA winner has been a monumental success at CSUB,” said Jim Scully, Director of Guitar Studies. “The fact that Ekachai is playing a sonata by a favorite composer of mine, Stephen Goss, only amplifies my love for this series and his program. I can’t wait to meet him and share our wonderful audience with him.” 

Ekachai Jearakul is an esteemed member of the international classical guitarist scene, and is the first Asian guitarist to win this prestigious award from the GFA. 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, Greece, Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and the United States. In 2011, he was commissioned for new arrangements and made a recording of the music of the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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 Professor Marco Tamayo. Since 2007, Thai Bev “Sangsom” Thai Talent has sponsored Ekachai, and in 2013 he became a Yamaha artist.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors (60+) and $5 for those with student ID’s. Tickets can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets at http://jearakul.bpt.me/ or at the door, if available. Secure your seat online, seating is limited.

For more information about Ekachai, visit www.Ekachaiguitarist.com. For any questions regarding the event, contact Jim Scully; Director of Guitar Studies at (661) 654-2511 or jscully@csub.edu.

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