A Roy Eaton Solo Concert Celebrating Roosevelt Island’s Legendary Pianist


Next weekend, the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance teams up with the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association and Roosevelt Island Concerts in celebrating musical legend Roy Eaton with a solo concert.

A longtime Roosevelt Islander, Roy Eaton has made his mark as a child prodigy in classical music and later as “the Jackie Robinson of Advertising.”

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Celebrating Roy Eaton with a Solo Concert

Roy Eaton is a renowned American pianist and advertising creative. He was born on May 14, 1930, in Harlem, New York. His father was a mechanic and his mother a governess. His next-door neighbor was jazz great Sonny Rollins.

He took up classical piano when he was six and in 1937, played at Carnegie Hall, winning a gold medal in a Music Education League competition. In June 1950, he won the first Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award, making his concert debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s F Minor Concerto under George Schick in 1951.

They brought him back for  Beethoven’s 4th the following season and also made his New York Town Hall debut in 1952

In addition to his music career, Eaton is known for his significant contributions to the field of advertising. He is often cited as the first American of color prominent in the advertising industry.

His pioneering work helped pave the way for future generations of diverse talent in the advertising field.

Throughout his life, Eaton has continuously broken barriers and achieved success in his chosen fields. His story is one of perseverance, talent, and the power of breaking through societal expectations and limitations.

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