Pianist Eikner retires from Wesleyan College

Staff reportJune 24, 2013 

Edward Eikner

Pianist Edward Eikner Jr. has retired from Wesleyan College after teaching there for 40 years.

He earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Texas Technological College in 1967 and was awarded a master of music degree in piano from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, in 1969, according to a statement from Wesleyan. He also received the master of music degree in piano from Belgrade Music Academy of Yugoslavia while on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1970.

Eikner joined Wesleyan’s music faculty in 1973 and was named the Catherine L. Comer Professor of Fine Arts in 1988.

He has performed in cities around the world, including London, Vienna, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and Buenos Aires. He has completed 11 Italian tours and six Grecian tours and has presented several performances in the Czech Republic.

He trained many successful students over the years, including Neva Jane Langley Fickling of Macon and Chenny Q. Gan. Gan, who graduated from Wesleyan in 2002, will fill Eikner’s position this fall as a full-time assistant professor of music in piano and collaborative piano.

“Edward Eikner has inspired us with his talent for teaching, enriched us with countless incredible performances and enlivened the Wesleyan community with his wit, style, and flair,” Wesleyan College President Ruth Knox said in the statement. “I wish him all the best in his retirement and know he will continue to be an invaluable friend and ambassador for Wesleyan College.”

Eikner has three CDs to his credit, two of which include collaborations with Fickling.

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