Piano prodigy Gavin George to perform in November 20th Esbenshade concert

Gavin George posing at piano

Ohio native Gavin George, a 13-year-old pianist who made his concerto debut at 7 with the Newark-Granville Symphony, will perform at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20th, at the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta.

The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved through the theatre’s website at peoplesbanktheatre.com.

As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, George has performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall. He was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at Luxembourg’s Vianden Music Festival.

In 2011, George became the youngest musician to perform on the Emmy-award winning show “From the Top,” broadcast on NPR. He was awarded first prize in the SAA’s International Piano Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, and performed at Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis), Midland Theater (Newark), and Constitution Hall (Washington, D.C.).

In recent seasons, George has given recital and concerto performances both nationally and internationally. He performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 with orchestras in Severance Hall (Cleveland), Hoover Auditorium (Lakeside), Midland Theater (Newark), and at The Perugia Music Festival (Italy). PNC Bank sponsored “Gavin George: Live on Your Screen” streaming live his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. Tri-C Classical Series presented Gavin in his first full-length recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium, and a documentary by Tri-C Classical Series was produced and streamed on YouTube at this time. He also performed recitals at Ocean Reef Club Performance Center (Key Largo), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Xavier University (Cincinnati) and Sorrento, Italy.

George is a student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi and has participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, John Perry and Boris Slutsky, among others.

All Esbenshade Series programs have been funded by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund, which provides annual income for the purpose of bringing lectures, performing artists or programs of diverse nature to the campus for public appearances. The endowed fund was established in 1980 by Harry H. Esbenshade Sr. and Harry H. Esbenshade Jr., husband and son, respectively, of the late Mrs. Esbenshade of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. All events are free and open to the public.