Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Patrick O’Neil loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since the age of 5, O’Neil has found great joy and satisfaction in making music and sharing it with fans and people all over the world. He was awarded a grant at the age of 12 for his musical proficiency, and was accepted at the age of 12 into his pre-college program at the University of South Carolina for cello. He went on to win first place in his youth orchestra’s concerto competition and performed with the orchestra on two separate occasions at the age of 13. He was accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities for his high-school education, during which he led the ensemble Concertato to win a national award for best high-school orchestra. After graduation he attended USC where he studied with distinguished professor of cello Dr. Robert Jesselson. O’Neil majored in music performance as well as focusing on music pedagogy. During his studies he participated in music festivals such as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, where he was invited to perform with the music faculty in one of the festival’s featured public performances. His chamber group was chosen to perform throughout the Vermont area presenting Schumann’s Death and the Maiden as a part of the festival’s outreach program. He also went on to win two titles in high school and in college in the Music Teachers National Association’s statewide solo strings competition. O’Neil has performed in masterclasses and private-lesson settings for such acclaimed cellists as Matt Haimovitz, Edward Arron (New York University), Melissa Kraut (Cleveland Institute of Music), and the Juilliard Quartet. O’Neil currently performs with the Asheville Symphony and recently recorded the soundtrack for The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) with members of the Asheville Symphony.
Thursday Night Live
On select Thursdays, local musicians enliven our spaces with music to complement your visit. As you stroll the galleries, a variety of tunes adds new dimensions to your viewing experience.