Guest recitals this week feature pianists Ertl, Samolesky

The School of Music and Theatre will present two guest artist piano solo recitals this week.

JacobErtlDr. Jacob Ertl, assistant professor of piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. Dr. Jeremy Samolesky, associate professor of piano at Auburn University, will perform as part of Marshall’s Sonatina Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in room 107 in Smith Music Hall. His performance will immediately follow a pre-concert talk by Dr. Henning Vauth, assistant professor of piano at Marshall, titled  “The Influence of Practice on the Development of Motor Skills.”

Ertl, a native of Appleton, Wis., has performed across the United States, and abroad in Europe, Israel, Canada and Mexico. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, he has debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, on Chicago Radio’s “Live from WFMT” series and Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvehjem” series. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony in Appleton. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music.

JeremySamoleskySamolesky, a native of Manitoba, Canada, has appeared in concert as a soloist and chamber pianist throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Singapore, including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” He holds degrees from the University of Manitoba, the University of Washington and the Eastman School of Music.

“We are very excited to be able to present these two high-caliber guest artist recitals to the Marshall community,” Vauth said. “Both of them will be performed on our grand pianos in Smith Recital Hall on campus and are free and open to the public. I encourage all students, faculty and staff to take advantage of this opportunity to hear beautiful music performed by distinguished artists such as Dr. Ertl and Dr. Samolesky.”

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Photos: Guest pianists Dr. Jacob Ertl (above) and Dr. Jeremy Samolesky will give recitals this week at Marshall University.