Trombonist Eric Starr and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks collaborate on a scintillating program. Mid-twentieth century masterworks frame fantasy pieces old (1849) and new (2011). This performance will showcase the beauty, finesse and power of the trombone.
(Performance Lab, D10)
Trombonist Eric Starr leads a diverse career as Lecturer of Music and Internship Coordinator at the SDSU School of Music and Dance, Trombonist for Westwind Brass, and Executive Director for San Diego New Music (501c3), while serving on the Board of Trustees of Arts for Learning San Diego. At SDSU, Eric is also the faculty advisor for the Aztec Music Group and Music as Medicine student organizations. Hailed a “Trombone Champion” with “Stunning Style” (UT San Diego), Eric has performed as a soloist at the International Trombone Festival, San Diego Symphony’s “Art Connection”, Art of Elan and venues throughout San Diego including Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art, Space 4 Art, First United Methodist Church and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. He has also been a featured soloist with the SDSU and UCSD Wind Ensembles on both trombone and euphonium. After growing up working on his family farm in northern California, Eric went on to earn a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. He lives in Ocean Beach with his wife, Sarah, where he is becoming a better cook while continuing his interests in fine wines and bodysurfing.
Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California), and in 2015, was named one of Orange County, California’s most influential people by OC Weekly. Loucks has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo launched Chamber Music | OC — one of the most dynamic classical music projects in the country dedicated to advancing the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach. In that same year they formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and are currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they also direct the annual Summer Chamber Music Festival.
A Korean-American adoptee and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Kevin Kwan Loucks was mentored by Julian Martin, Henk Guittart, David Finckel, Wu Han, and Nina Scolnik. He is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he served as Head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and Teaching Assistant for the Emerson String Quartet. He recently concluded a two-year position as Artistic Director of the International Arts Mentoring Program in South Korea, a program sponsored by the Education and Culture Association bringing music and arts education to underprivileged children throughout Asia. Loucks holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.