Acclaimed pianist – and local arts patron – to lead free workshop at CFCC

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Roya Weyerhaeuser. Photo courtesy Mark Steelman/CFCC.
Roya Weyerhaeuser. Photo courtesy Mark Steelman/CFCC.

A locally based pianist with international acclaim will share her skills on the ivories with fellow musicians and those interested in learning to play.

In an intimate and free session, Roya Weyerhaeser will talk one-on-one with Cape Fear Community College students and the community at large, answering questions, sharing stories, knowledge and a few musical selections from her well-established career. “Center Stage with Roya Weyerhaeuser” is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at CFCC’s Allan and Laura Wilson Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

“My goal is to help our local students get where they want to be,” Weyerhaeuser said. “I have worked hard for many years to develop and perfect my musical skills, and I have had a successful career because of that. I now want to share my experiences to help our CFCC students succeed, as well.”

Originally from Iran, Weyerhaeuser was six years old when she enrolled at the Tehran Conservatory of Music and three years later, she made her solo recital debut performing Grieg’s “Sonata in E Minor Op. 7”. In 1979, she moved to the U.S. and attended the Juilliard School, where she studied music with widely lauded instructors Adele Marcus and Richard Harris.

Throughout her distinguished career, Weyerhaeuser has performed across the country and in England, Scotland and Germany. She collaborated with the New York Philharmonic and the North Carolina Symphony, and was featured as a guest artist and speaker for the Beethoven Society of Austria.

Weyerhaeuser is a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Medal for Artistry in Music, the first pianist to ever receive the award. She has also taken home top prizes at the esteemed Chopin and Rachmaninoff competitions.

The upcoming workshop will mark the first time the pianist and composer has played the center, and she will make her debut at the venue as one of the first to play on its new custom-designed Steinway grand piano.

As Wilmington residents, Weyerhaeuser and her husband, Harry, have been strong supporters of the arts through their work with, and contributions to, local non-profit organizations, including CFCC. The Weyerhaeusers recently gave a gift to the Humanities and Fine Arts Center to name the stage and parterres, a seating section of the concert hall.

“The center wouldn’t be the success it is today without the generous support from valued community members like Roya and Henry Weyerhaeuser. To have Roya play our new Steinway on the stage that she herself helped to make a reality is such a gift to our students. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget,” venue director Shane Fernando said.

There is no cost to attend the workshop but those planning to attend must reserve a ticket through the center’s website.

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