Another JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition finalist returns to Buffalo in 2016.
Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul [Ehk-uh-chai Jehr-uh-kool] will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. Jearakul is a three-time semifinalist and a two-time finalist at the competition, placing second in 2014 and third in 2012.
The 29-year-old is the first person from Asia to win the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, and his prize includes a 50-city recital tour. His Buffalo performance is co-sponsored by the Castellani Andriaccio Guitar Duo and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jearakul will perform a broad range of works, including a piece written for him by Steven Goss, a suite by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, which Jearakul has brought to international stages, as well as more traditional works by Brouwer and Turina.
His Naxos recording, "Ekachai Jearakul Guitar Recital," takes listeners on a journey from the Baroque era through the 19th century to modern jazz-influenced works. Copies of this and his two previous discs will be available for purchase at the recital.
"Don't miss Thailand's monarch of the guitar! Audiences around the world marvel at his virtuosity and elegance and he is a favorite of our Buffalo audience," said Michael Andriaccio, co-artistic director of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.
Jearakul's performance is part of the ramp-up to the 2016 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Eight semifinalists will be selected from a global talent pool to come to Buffalo. Semifinals will take place June 8-9 at the WNED Studios. Three finalists will be selected to perform June 11 with the BPO at Kleinhans Music Hall under Falletta's baton. The audience will witness the selection of the winner and will get to vote for the Audience Favorite Award.
Tickets for the finals are available now at bpo.org. The competition is presented by the BPO and WNED | WBFO. Tickets for Jearakul's recital, $10, are available at bpo.org or by calling 716-885-5000. Tickets are free with the purchase of a ticket to the competition finals.