presents its 2nd Annual “Critics, Performers, and Audience:  Who Knows Best” on Sunday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m.  Richard Ruggero of Ruggero Piano has graciously allowed CVNC to use the beautiful Bösendorfer Hall for this afternoon event. Performers for the afternoon will be pianists Richard He and John Noel. They will cap their part of the afternoon by peforming the opening movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. CVNC writers who will participate in the panel discussion following the performances are Kate Dobbs Ariail, John Lambert, Scott Ross, and Chelsea Stith. A reception will follow.

Richard He is a 15 year-old eleventh grader at Raleigh Charter High School. He currently studies piano with John Ruggero. Richard made his debut with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra at age 12, and has appeared as piano soloist with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, the Cary Academy Honors Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony and, again, with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra in their Discovery Series in January, 2011. Richard received First Place in the Senior Division of the 2007 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Second Place in the 2007 NC Symphony Concerto Competition, and was the NC state winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Piano division in 2008 as well as an Honorable Mention in the Senior division in 2010. As a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival, Richard made his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2010.

John Noel received a High School Diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, a Diplôme Supérieur from the Schola Cantorum, and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the Shepherd School of Rice University. In addition, Dr. Noel studied in Paris as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, and a Société Générale Scholarship. While there he began his dissertation on the piano music of French composer Henri Dutilleux (b. 1916), following coaching with the composer and his wife, pianist Geneviève Joy. Dr. Noel has performed in France, Germany, Italy, Jordan and Finland. He has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony. Dr. Noel maintains a private teaching studio in Raleigh. He is an adjunct instructor at Wake Technical Community College.

Bios of the critics participating in the panel discussion are available on the website along with bios of all of our writers.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Proceeds from this event are fully tax deductible and will fund our website expansion including our new visual arts coverage.

We request that attendees RSVP to so that we might have adequate chairs and food available.