Cuban American Pianist Returns to Deerfield

Sunday, May 4th, 4:00PM


Erikson Rojas

Since his first appearance at Deerfield in 2005, Cuban American pianist Erikson Rojas has enjoyed many career milestones, including six performances at Carnegie Hall, as well as in France, Italy, Germany, and Hungary, thanks in part to the aegis of Princess Cecilia de Medici and La Gesse Foundation Festival.

Mr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 31 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, Cuba’s Amadeo Roldán and UNEAC Competitions, among others.


A pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher, Mr. Rojas is a graduate of Peabody Institute, prior to which he studied with Madame Eleanor Sokoloff at The Curtis Institute of Music, and with Distinguished Professor Samuel Hsu at Philadelphia Biblical University. Mr. Rojas is currently a full-scholarship student of Min Kwon in Rutgers University’s Doctor of Musical Arts program. He is on the faculty of Cairn University, Eastern University, Settlement Music School, and Csehy Summer School of Music. He will bring an exciting, virtuoso recital to conclude this year’s series!

There is no admission charge; a freewill offering will be received. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception. For more information and directions, call (856) 455 1222

First Classical Guitar Recital at Deerfield Presbyterian

Sunday, February 9th at 4:00PM


Featuring classical guitarist Gideon Whitehead, currently a graduate student at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Noted by Cleveland Classical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, Gideon Whitehead is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist.

In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, a previous performer at Deerfield Presbyterian. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar.

In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and will complete his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in May, 2014. His current teachers are renowned guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin, and he has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Lorenzo Micheli, and Marcin Dylla among others.

There is no admission charge for the recital; a freewill offering will be gratefully received. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception. For more information call (856) 455 1222

Opera Rising Stars to Sing Christmas Recital

Sunday, December 1st at 7:00PM

David Y. Koh and baritone Michael Adams will make their first appearance at Deerfield in a varied program of favorite Christmas arias, songs and carols for the popular Annual Christmas Recital. They will be accompanied by pianist Evelyn R. Larter, the church’s Director of Music.


David Koh

David (Young Shik) Koh was born in Busan, Korea and moved to Southern California with his family two days after his 6th birthday. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in music. A year after he joined the work force, David realized that his love of classical music was too strong to ignore and he enrolled in Temple University’s Music Therapy program where he met voice teacher Philip Cho. With Dr. Cho’s urging, David changed his career path one last time and officially began his operatic career. David has sung with Opera Philadelphia, Opera New Jersey, Center City Opera Company, Opera Lancaster, Aspen Music Festival and School, Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, Delaware Choral Society, and The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, among several others. He is also an original member of the choral group, Soli Deo. Soli Deo performs concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic region for Korean-American communities. David is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Temple University.


Michael Adams

An outstanding vocalist with diverse instrumental abilities, Michael Adams’ development of musical aptitudes was a “family affair”. His father, Robert Adams, is a classically trained dramatic bass-baritone and his mother, Pam, currently is a professional flutist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Michael completed his undergraduate in voice in May at Texas Christian University and moved to Philadelphia to study at the Academy of Vocal Arts, where he recently made his debut as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In 2011, Michael was the baritone Young Artist Apprentice of the Fort Worth Opera. In 2013, he performed Don Giovanni at Texas Christian University then made his professional debut with Fort Worth Opera as The Lackey in “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” The Corporal in “The Daughter of the Regiment,” and Josh in “The Summer King” in Fort Worth Opera’s new Frontiers project followed by the title role of Eugene Onegin last summer at the Seagle Music Colony.

There is no admission charge for the recital; a freewill offering will be gratefully received. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception. For more information call (856) 455 1222