Guest Pianist: Christopher Tavernier
The Rutherford Chamber Consort will present their spring concet at First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville on Sunday June 1st, 2014 at 4:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public. These performances are made possible through private donations along with public contributions.
The “Chamber Consort” is a fully professional classical ensemble featuring some of the finest musicians in the Carolinas.
The musicians come from the finest music schools: Peabody Conservatory, Juilliard, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Ural State Conservatory Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, The Moscow Gnessin Institute, University of Louisville, Michigan State, Royal Northern College of Music Great Britain, San Francisco Conservatory, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. The players in the Rutherford Chamber consort have performed with many symphony and opera orchestras. The symphonies of Charlotte, Greenville, Asheville, Richmond, Greensboro, Raleigh, Roanoke, Portland Maine, Lansing, New World of Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota, Savannah, and the Virginia and North Carolina Symphonies have utilized their talents.
Academically, the members have taught at many distinguished universities and colleges. The Artistic Director Sharon Lawrence was on faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, for 12 years, teaching applied strings and music education classes and directing the university orchestra. She is presently assisting the Gardner-Webb University orchestra and providing individual instruction. Other members have taught at Davidson College, Winthrop University, Queens University, Converse College, Gardner-Webb University, and Michigan State. The group was founded in the fall of 2008 and gave its first performance in Spring 2009.
Our Guest Pianist is Christopher Tavernier. At the age of thirteen, Christopher Tavernier earned the distinction of being the youngest concert pianist in the history of North Carolina. Christopher performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra in Rocky Mount, North Carolina for the opening concert of their fall 2013 season.
Christopher began his piano studies at the age of six, and now at fourteen he has won several competitions, including the junior division of the Charlotte Symphony’s Concerto Competition, the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta Georgia’s junior division, and the Appalachian Classical Music Association’s Young Artist’s Competition at the Sonata Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. As a musical descendant of Franz Liszt through his teacher, Dr. John Cobb,
Christopher performed a series of concerts with Dr. Cobb in 2013, honoring this distinguished legacy. The “World Masterwork Series, preserving the musical lineage of Franz Liszt” concerts featured both solo and two piano music and was presented at venues in both North and South Carolina, culminating in the first annual benefit concert for the Mission Foundation for Early Detection of Breast Cancer at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina. Christopher’s pianistic lineage comes through Dr. Cobb, who studied with Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Franz Liszt. Franz Liszt was a student of Carl Czerny, who in turn was a pupil of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hence, the musical lineage actually extends from Ludwig van Beethoven to Christopher Tavernier. Later this summer, Christopher and John Cobb are performing their 2nd Annual “World Masterwork Series” benefit concert for the Missions Foundation. 100% of all proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the “Ladies Night Out.” This is a joint program of Mission and Buncombe County Health Department to ensure that every woman has access to a mammogram. Mission Foundation is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Mission Hospital and receives grants and donations for the Ladies Night Out program. All ticket proceeds from the World Masterwork Series at the Diana Wortham Theatre and the Tryon Fine Arts Center will be paid directly to the Mission Foundation.
In addition to Christopher’s broad solo repertoire, he performs chamber music and is collaborating with The Rutherford Chamber Consort and the Student Chamber Consort. Friday May 30, Christopher will make his debut on harpsichord, performing the Triple Concerto in A minor, by J.S. Bach, with the Rutherford Chamber Consort at the Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC. He will also be performing with the Student Chamber Consort on the “Hearts for the Arts” series at the Master Works Theatre in Hendersonville, NC. Christopher is a Perzina Artist, and he is a member of the Asheville Area Piano Forum.
Christopher is in the eighth grade at Hendersonville Middle School in Hendersonville, NC, where he is an honor student and a part of the AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted) program in Mathematics and Reading. Christopher is a member of the “National Junior Beta Club,” honoring his outstanding character and academic achievement, and he was selected for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, placing above the 95th percentile nationally. Christopher was nominated to attend the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). In addition to maintaining a busy performance and competition schedule, he enjoys the arts, reading, writing, and playing competitive chess.