The American pianist, Edward Eikner, attended Baylor University on a Van Cliburn scholarship and completed graduate work at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Edward Eikner has concertized extensively throughout Europe and the Far East as a recitalist, soloist with symphony orchestras, and collaborative pianist. Recent tours included Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic. He holds the Comer Professor of Fine Arts chair in piano at Wesleyan College.
Edward Eikner is a musician’s musician, having collaborated with many of today’s greatest artists. He recently received an Arts Alliance award for his distinguished contribution to the arts in the Southeast and has received similar awards in other countries. The New York Times has said of him, “Mr. Eikner has a strong, reliable technique, and this ‘Appassionata’ exploded with ferocious intensity.” The China Post stated, “The poetry and lyricism emerged from breath-taking pianistic control. The audience was spell-bound.” While Eikner was touring Greece, the Athenian observed, “Texas-born pianist Edward Eikner was a happy revelation in concert. His rendering of the Mozart Sonata was superbly esoteric. The climaxes were highly dramatic but never without immediate connection with the preceding and following phrases. One rarely hears Mozart so powerfully played while remaining Mozart.”