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Rising Stars Concert with Aaron Lipsky and Christopher Tavernier

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$15 for Members; $18 for non-members

This event is a collaboration between the Asheville Chamber Music Series and the Asheville Art Museum featuring North Carolina musicians embarking on a major concert career.

Clarinetist: Aaron Lipsky

Pianist: Christopher Travernier

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Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2
I. Allegro amabile
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante con moto – Allegro

6 Klavierstucke, Op. 118
I. Intermezzo
II. Ballade

Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Andante un poco Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Vivace


Christopher Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In addition to being a solo performer, he is also a dedicated chamber musician. Christopher has won numerous competitions throughout the Appalachian region and Southeastern United Stated, including the young artist division at the state MTNA competition in Florida. Christopher received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida State University in 2023 studying with Dr. Read Gainsford, before going to New York to study for a year with Rieko Aizawa at Brooklyn College, the pianist of the widely acclaimed Horszowski Trio. He will be continuing his studies in the fall pursuing a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Douglas Humpherys. Outside of the practice room, Christopher enjoys being outdoors and playing chess.

Aaron Lipsky is currently a rising senior pursuing a degree in Clarinet Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he holds a Herman B. Wells Scholarship. He studies with Professor Eli Eban (former Principal Clarinet of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), and in the past two years has held the positions of principal clarinet in the IU Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and University Orchestra. In 2020, Lipsky won “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Concerto Competition, and soloed with the band in 2021 in Washington, DC. Lipsky enjoys performing both orchestral and chamber music, with a special emphasis on baroque, the late romantics, and Brahms’ clarinet chamber works.


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