Meadowmount names new director

LEWIS - One of the area's artistic and cultural treasures will be under new leadership this summer.

Meadowmount School of Music has named Eric Larsen as its interim director for its 2010 season.

Larsen has been director of the Piano program at Meadowmount since 1991. As head of the school, he will fill the role of former director Owen Carman, whose nearly-30-year tenure at Meadowmount ended recently when he retired amid a scandalous lawsuit from a former student.

Having performed in major concert halls in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, Larsen is both an accomplished musician and teacher. He is currently among the artist faculty at University of North Carolina's School of the Arts and his students have won major prizes in a variety of competitions worldwide.

"He will be instrumental in enhancing the quality of education that Meadowmount is famous for," said representatives of the school in a press release.

Meadowmount is a seven-week summer music program for accomplished string and piano players from around the world. Its alumni include Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman to name a few.

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