Music Projects

Music Projects

Ekelund began studying piano at the age of 6, continuing intensely throughout high school with Dr. Silvio Scionti, a founder of the North Texas University School of Music. He followed a completely different path at the university level, but throughout a long career in academic economics, the piano has been a constant avocation. After retirement from academic economics and as acting co-director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art at Auburn University he returned to serious formal study with several professors, including Dr. Joshua Pifer of Auburn University’s Music Department. He competed in the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 Van Cliburn YouTube Amateur competitions and has created CDs containing works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Greig, Ravel and Scott Joplin, among others. He is currently completing two new CDs; one with works by Debussy, Griffes, Ginastera and Tcherepnin and others, including Bach’s Sonata for Flute and Piano in E-flat major (with flutist Patrick McCurry) entitled Piano Idioms; and Reflections on Childhood, including works by Schumann, Debussy, Turina and Shostakovich.

Van Cliburn Competition 2009

Chopin Homage

Debussy Prelude

Joaquín Turina

J.S. Bach Sonata for Flute and Piano (Patrick McCurry, flutist)