Asher Severini

Asher Severini
Graduate Student


Piano Accompanying


Asher 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.