Scotia to host classical musicians

Staff report

February 21, 2014

LAURINBURG — A cellist and pianist on March 4 will perform in Laurinburg as part of a concert series sponsored by the Piatigorsky Foundation, which aims to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music with events across the state.

The performance, at 7 p.m., at Scotia Village, will feature Evan Drachman, cellist and Mary Au, pianist.

Drachman, who established the foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky, has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia. Born in Boston, Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad.

Au, heralded as one of the “Outstanding Young Women of America,” is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Southern California. Her dedication to guiding and nurturing developing musicians has earned her the inaugural “Mellon Excellence in Mentoring Award.” As a former executive of the GRAMMY Awards, Mary Au continues to dedicate herself to crossing cultural boundaries and sharing her music with audiences worldwide.