From humble beginnings in Santa Clara, Cuba, God blessed pianist Erikson Rojas with musical talents that, for the beauty of His glory, flourished into a celebrated career with numerous performances throughout the world, including six appearances at Carnegie Hall, New York. Concert tours and festivals have presented him in solo and chambermusic recitals in European nations such as France, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Austria, as well as in the Latin-American countries of Mexico and Cuba, thanks in part to the aegis of Princess Cecilia de Medici‚Äôs La Gesse Foundation and New York‚Äôs Center for Musical Excellence.¬† He has been featured as soloist with various orchestras, most recently with the Vienna International Orchestra under Maestro Robert Lehrbaumer.
Mr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He has won the Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition (three consecutive years), Cuba‚Äôs Amadeo Rold√°n and UNEAC competitions, among others.
A pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher, Mr. Rojas is a graduate of Peabody Institute (Master of Music, Graduate Performance Diploma), where he also studied conducting privately with the eminent conductor Gustav Meier. Prior to Peabody he studied piano with Madame Eleanor Sokoloff at Curtis Institute of Music, and with Distinguished Professor Samuel Hsu at Cairn University (Bachelor of Music/Piano Performance, Bachelor of Science/Bible), where he also learned organ under Robert Carwithen. Other lessons and masterclasses in piano were with Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, Susan Starr, Jorge Luis Prats, Charles Abramovic, and Paul Hoffmann. Mr. Rojas is a scholarship student of Min Kwon in Rutgers University‚Äôs Doctor of Musical Arts program, through which he also studies with Juilliard‚Äôs Martin Canin.¬† Mr. Rojas is on the faculty of Eastern University, Ezperanza College, Cairn University, Settlement Music School, and Csehy Summer School of Music. He also holds a private studio and is Organist and Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Lansdale and at Redeemer UMC in Philadelphia, where he resides with his wife Diandra.
Jeremy Harting began his Classical guitar studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA.¬† He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Ithaca College, where he received the Ford music scholarship and E.P. Johnson award.¬† While at Ithaca College, Jeremy spent a semester abroad in London studying with Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music.¬† He went on to complete his Master of Music degree at Yale University¬† and was awarded the George Lauder Greenway Fellowship and Eliot Fisk Prize.¬†¬† Jeremy completed his Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University in Bloomington.¬†¬† His dissertation examines the theoretical and historical principles of the solo guitar works of Roberto Sierra.¬† Jeremy has played in masterclasses for John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum, Hopkinson Smith, David Leisner, Eduardo Fernandez, and William Kanengeiser.¬† His primary teachers have been Ernesto Tamayo, Pablo Cohen, Benjamin Verdery, Ernesto Bitetti, and Nigel North.¬† As a performer, Jeremy has appeared¬† throughout the U.S. and Canada including concert events at the Ithaca College Winter Guitar Festival, Acadia Guitar Festival (Canada), Pennsylvania Academy of Music Guitar Festival, Milford Arts Society (CT), Yale British Arts Center, Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, New England Guitar Society, Buskirk Chumley Theater (Bloomington, IN), The Miller Center (Reading, PA), Steinman Hall (Lancaster, PA), Bailey Hall (Cornell University), Wicker Park Art Center (Chicago), and the 92nd Street Y in New York.¬† Dr. Harting has significant experience teaching pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate level students at various institutions including: Ithaca College, Indiana University, Yale University, and The Lancaster Classical Guitar Institute.¬† In addition to teaching at Eastern University, Dr. Harting is also on the faculty at Saint Joseph‚Äôs University and Darlington Arts Center.