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Asheville Chamber Music Series: Rising Star Concert with the Arsevi Duo

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$13 Member, $15 nonmember

The third concert in the new “Rising Star Concert Series,” presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series in collaboration with the Asheville Art Museum, will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Windgate Foundation Atrium of the Asheville Art Museum. The featured ensemble will be Arsevi Duo, a group of young musicians embarking a major concert career and representing music excellence in North Carolina.

According to Polly Feitzinger, Asheville Chamber Music Series Program committee chair, “The enthusiastic response from the Asheville community to this new series has resulted in the first two concerts being sold out!”    

“We are pleased to host another one of these tremendously popular performances,” says Asheville Art Museum executive director Pamela Myers. “The Museum’s spacious and bright atrium is an ideal venue for these accomplished young musicians to perform within.”



Aaron Chen, cello
Sean Yang, piano


Jean Sibelius: Theme and Variations for solo cello

Minako Tokuyama: Musica Nara, Op. 25

Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata

Bohuslav Martinů: Cello Sonata No. 3

Gabriel Faure: Papillon

Felix Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte, Op.109


Aaron Chen is a junior at Vanderbilt University and has been playing cello for 16 years. He began his instruction under Frances Duff in Asheville, NC, and then continued his studies with Felix Wang at Vanderbilt. Locally, he participated in two orchestras throughout middle and high school, Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Carolina Youth Symphony. He has won other awards such as first place in the Asheville and Hendersonville Concerto Competition and was selected two consecutive years to be one of eight cellists for the National Youth Orchestra to perform at the New World Center in Miami and Carnegie Hall. Last spring, Aaron and his chamber group, the Arsevi Trio won honorable mention in the Music Teachers National Association chamber music competition. At Vanderbilt, Aaron has continued to push for a Bachelor of Musical Arts in cello performance as well as a double major in economics with a minor in business.

Sean Yang studies with Amy Dorfman at Vanderbilt University. He has performed concerti with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and Vanderbilt University Orchestra while remaining active with chamber music. His piano trios have been Fischoff and MTNA Chamber Competition laureates, and in 2022 he was a national finalist for both chamber and solo categories in MTNA. In recent summers, Sean has participated in festivals such as Orford Music Academy, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. As a neuroscience double major, he has combined his dual interests to conduct research investigating the benefits of live music in the ICU.

For more information about the Asheville Chamber Music Series please visit: Ashevillechambermusic.org.


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