FEB 6 at 7:30PM


Beckwith Hall at UNCW

The season’s Opening Night Gala concert will feature such internationally celebrated performers and educators as Pavlina Dokovska, the chair of the Piano Department at New York’s prestigious Mannes School of Music; Vladimir Valjarevic, distinguished faculty member at Mannes and at Rutgers University; Shuai Zhao of China’s famous Xi’an Conservatory of Music. 


Also, on stage will be Dr. Barry Salwen, Professor of Piano at UNCW; Aza Sydykov, Artistic Director of the Wilmington Music Festival and alumnus of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory; and Jonathan Levin, Artistic Director of the Clayton Piano Festival in the Research Triangle.  


This distinguished roster of performers will be joined by a member of the Festival’s Emerging Artists roster, French harpist Sonia Bize. 

FEB 7 at 7:30PM


Beckwith Hall at UNCW

The WMF’s Opera Gala stars Wilmington’s operatic dream-team, soprano Nikoleta Rallis and her father, Michael Rallis, aka the Carolina Caruso. The singers will offer a wide-ranging selection of favorites. 


They will share the stage with two members of the Festival’s Emerging Artists roster, American cellist Sam DeCaprio and French harpist Sonia Bize and pianists Barry Salwen, Aza Sydykov and Jonathan Levin. 

With its Winter Season 2020 Wilmington Music Festival continues to pursue its mission of promoting musical excellence and cultural diversity in its home community with innovative and high-quality performances and first-class music instruction by world-renowned artists. 

*The Opera Gala originally scheduled on February 8, 2020 will now take place on February 7, 2020.

FEB 8 at 7:30PM


Beckwith Hall at UNCW

The Wilmington Music Festival proudly presents the winners of its Emerging Artists Worldwide Auditions. This second concert of the Festival’s winter season - the Emerging Artists Recital, will feature American soprano Elizabeth Baldwin along with cellist, Samuel DeCaprio and harpist, Sonia Bize.


These three artists were selected from over 100 candidates representing twenty-three countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Poland, Hungary, Haiti, South Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Great Britain, Cyprus and the United States. Dr. Salwen and Mr. Sydykov will serve as accompanists for the evening’s event. 

*The Emerging Artists Recital originally scheduled on February 7, 2020 will now take place on February 8, 2020.

FEB 9 at 7:30PM


Beckwith Hall at UNCW

The closing concert of Festival’s Winter Season will present a glorious burst of Piano Fireworks. This dazzling display of keyboard magic will combine the skills and talents of five piano wizards – Professors Dokovska, Valjarevic, Shuai Zhao and Salwen along with Mr. Sydykov and Mr. Levin. 


Also featured on the concert will be the winners of the Wilmington Music Festival International Piano Competition. The program will include solo works as well as music for two and four pianists. (The Festival makes no guarantee that the pianos will survive an evening of such keyboard dynamite!)

*Winners of the Wilmington International Piano Competition to be announced

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UNCW Kenan Box Office

Ticket Office:
910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643
Monday - Friday | 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

UNCW Kenan Auditorium
515 Wagoner Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5966

Wilmington Music Festival Inc.

2519 N. Lumina Avenue

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Tel: 910-232-1236

Email: info@wilmingtonmusicfestival.org