AmiciMusic brings the next generation of musicians to town

Black Mountain News

On Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. The White Horse Black Mountain presents AmiciMusic’s “The Next Generation," a special concert featuring two wonderful high school prodigies from the Asheville region. 

Aaron Lipsky, clarinet, and Aaron Chen, cello, have both already won numerous awards, prizes, and competitions and have spent time at the Brevard Music Festival as well. They’ll be joined by pianist and artistic sirector Daniel Weiser as they perform thrilling trios by Beethoven and Brahms, and each will do a virtuosic solo piece as well.  

Christ School junior Aaron Chen will bring his cello to the White Horse on Friday, Oct. 12, as part of a show in which AmiciMusic will present two young musical prodigies.

Chen is a junior at Christ School and has been studying cello with his instructor, Frances Duff, for 11 years. He has received several titles such as 1st place in the Asheville Concerto Competition and is the leader of the Asheville Young Musicians Club. Chen was a member of the National Youth Orchestra 2 this past summer and is the principal cellist of Carolina Youth Symphony. He's also a varsity soccer and track athlete for the Greenies.  

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Lipsky started playing clarinet at age 11. He started taking lessons in seventh grade with Steve Loew, a former member of the U.S. Marine Band. Lipsky is a three-time member of the NC All-State Honors Band and a sophomore at A.C. Reynolds High School. 

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, he attended the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, where he was the youngest student in 2017 and a BMC Scholar in 2018. He currently plays principal clarinet in the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra; solo, principal and Eb clarinet in the Asheville Clarinet Choir and principal and Eb clarinet in the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band. Aaron is the grandson of Phillip Rhodes, composer and Highland Farms resident.

Aaron Lipsky, an Asheville native, will be one of two young musicians performing as part of AmiciMusic: ”The Next Generation” Presents Two Young Prodigies at the White Horse on Friday, Oct. 12.

AmiciMusic which means “music among friends," is a chamber music collective that seeks to break down barriers between artist and audience with performances in informal and non-traditional venues. Part of AmiciMusic’s mission is to promote the next generation of talent and they are very excited to showcase the two Aarons in this wonderful program. 

The two young musicians exhibit talent, poise, and maturity beyond their years and prove that classical music’s future is in good hands.