Young Artists Honors Duo Recital

Event Date: 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Music Room 1145

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
The Young Artists Honors Duo (cellist Larissa Fedoryka and pianist Asher Severini) will present a recital on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Music Room 1145, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Admission is free.
Larissa FedorykaLarissa Fedoryka is a classically trained cellist who began her cello career at the age of three. As a child, she joined her 9 siblings who toured as a classical chamber ensemble called The Fedoryka Family Players, performing in venues nationally which culminated in multiple performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a performance at The Wolf Trap International Children's Festival. More recently, Larissa has made the transition to world music, touring with various artists such as Marco Antonio Solis, Croatia's former pop artist Tajci, the increasingly well known Celtic/Americana band - Scythian, and most recently with Mexico's pop diva Gloria Trevi. In 2010 Larissa was hired by The Harmony Project - The LA Symphony's program to enrich inner city youth through music. Here Larissa arranged pop songs for orchestral music and oversaw two end of the year recitals. She now resides in Santa Barbara where she is pursuing her MM/DMA in performance under Jennifer Kloetzel.
Asher SeveriniAsher Severini began his formal music training at the age of 8. Although originally passionate about composition, he became enthralled with the genius of composers such as J.S. Bach, Chopin, as well as Elliott Carter, Samuel Barber and other 20th Century icons. He studied piano and theory at New England Conservatory as an undergraduate. During Steve Reich's residency at NEC in 2007, Asher participated in a performance of Reich's Six Pianos at Jordan Hall. The following year he participated in NEC's Carter Centennial Celebration performing Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata on a program with the Chiara String Quartet. At NEC's Jordan Hall in 2009, Asher performed Katie Agoc's Division of Heaven and Earth, a solo contemporary work as part of the third annual Arthur Bergur Memorial Concert. He has been called a performer of "relentless intensity” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer.
During his master's, Asher won 1st place in the Princeton Festival 2014 Piano Competition, Open Category and the Richard Tang Yuk Award for Most Outstanding Performer. That same year, Asher attended MusicFest Perugia on invitation of pianist Steven Spooner. He has played in masterclasses with Joseph Kalichstein, Natalya Antonova, Marina Lomazov, and Steven Spooner. His chamber music teachers have included Mai Motobuchi, Jonathan Bass, Gabriel Chodos, Martin Beaver, and Robert Koenig.
Asher’s past piano teachers have included James Goldsworthy, Maria Clodes Jaguaribe, Wha Kyung Byun, Russell Sherman, Gabriel Chodos, and Ingrid Clarfield. Asher currently is pursuing his doctorate at UCSB under the tutelage of Robert Koenig and Paul Berkowitz, and he is a recipient of the Regents Fellowship Award.