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Asheville Chamber Music Presents the Charlotte Piano Trio

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Piano Trio.

Asheville – Asheville Chamber Music Series, in collaboration with the Asheville Art Museum, presents The Charlotte Piano Trio, Tuesday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the atrium of the Asheville Art Museum. The second concert in ACMS’s new “Rising Star Concert Series,” Charlotte Piano Trio is an ensemble of talented young musicians stiving to represent chamber music excellence through regional community concerts.

“Intended as a performance opportunity for gifted young North Carolina musicians, the Rising Star Series, presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series and the Asheville Art Museum, provides the benefit of catching a rising star early in their careers,” says Marilynne Herbert, ACMS Board President. “The Charlotte Piano Trio is a perfect fit for this new series.”

“The response to the Rising Star Series has been very gratifying,” added Herbert. “Our first concert in September featured Hendersonville native, pianist Christopher Tavernier, who performed to a standing room only audience.”

“Our partnership with the Asheville Chamber Music Series is a favorite of mine, ” says Pamela Meyers, executive director of Asheville Art Museum. “It brings talented performers and amazing sound into our beautiful atrium, filled with American Art, creating an experience that is a delight for all the senses.”

Tickets are $13 for Museum members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are available at


Amy Beach: Piano Trio, Op. 150

Ernest Chausson: Piano Trio, Op. 3

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8

Members of The Charlotte Piano Trio include:

Andrew DeWeese, violin

Andrew, a senior at Yale University, is a first violinist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra. He began studying violin at the age of four and has played in numerous top-tier orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of the USA, the Honor Orchestra of Americas, of which he was concertmaster in 2018, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra. In 2022, he spent two weeks as a violinist with NYO-which was to tour North America with Carlos Miguel Prieto and soloist Midori but instead converted to an all-digital program in the wake of COVID-19. In 2019, he spent four weeks as a guest artist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Andrew has performed in orchestras on tour at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, as well as alongside internationally acclaimed tenor Andrea Bocelli. He currently studies with Marc Rovetti, Assistant Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Especially passionate about chamber music, Andrew co-founded the Charlotte Youth String Quartet in 2017 and the Charlotte Piano Trio in 2019 to address the lack of professional chamber music in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.

In addition, he co-founded and served as president of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit music service organization called Melodic Minors, which strives to democratize music through a series of initiatives connecting members of the community, including interactive concerts. It has produced over 150 community concerts in over 30 venues.

Drew Dansby, cello

Drew joined the Charlotte Symphony as Acting Section Cellist. Recent honors include receiving the Tuesday Musical Scholarship for Strings in the Tuesday Musical Association’s 2021 scholarship competition and winning both the Gold Medal and the Agnew Price for Bach in the Cleveland Cello Society’s 2021 competition.

In his hometown of Charlotte, Drew is a founding member and cellist of the Charlotte Piano Trio. He has held the positions of principal cellist and concertmaster in the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte, and for nine consecutive years, he received merit scholarships from Charlotte’s Arts+.

For three summers Drew was a member of the National Youth Orchestra (USA), including as a violinist in 2018 and principal cellist in 2019, and was the first member in the history of the orchestra to be accepted on two instruments. In December 2019 Drew became associate principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra under the direction of Jaime Laredo. Last summer he was a young artist in the virtual Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

Drew is dedicated to sharing music with the community. He was a founding member, violinist and cellist of the Charlotte Youth String Quartet. He is an active cello teacher and currently teaches for “Through the Staff, “a national volunteer organization offering free music lessons for students who don’t have access to private instruction.

At Oberlin, Drew was a violinist in the Phlox Ensemble, a group committed to performing works by women and nonbinary composers. Drew co-founded Ambrosia, a collaboration between Oberlin students of classical, jazz, and non-Western music to learn from each other and bridge genres.

Christian Makhuli, piano

Christian Makhuli is a high school senior at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Born in Charlotte, he began his piano studies at the age of 9. He is a student of Dr. Dmitri Vorobiev and Dr. Paul Nitsch. Christian made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the Winston Salem Symphony as first place winner of the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search. Other orchestral performances include the Bach Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concert and Liszt Concerto No 1. He was awarded first place in the 2018 and 2019 Steinway and Sons Piano Competitions. As a winner of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte Young Artists Competition he performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christopher James Lees during their 2021-22 season.

Throughout the course of his studies, Christian has had the honor of performing in masterclasses with teachers and performers including Robert McDonald, Boris Slutsky, Peter Frankl, Gary Graffman, and Alexander Kobrin. For several years he has served as an active volunteer member of the Melodic Minors, a youth-led non-profit organization that provides community concerts throughout the Charlotte area. It was through this organization that he met Andrew DeWeese and Drew Dansby, and from this was born The Charlotte Piano Trio.

Details will be announced soon for the third concert in the “Rising Star Concert Series.”

The Asheville Chamber Music Series. The 2022-23 season of the Asheville Chamber Music Series marks its 70th anniversary presenting world-renowned chamber music performances for Asheville audiences. Founded in 1952 by Joe Vandervort, a refugee from Nazi Germany, along with ten other music lovers, the organization has grown to be one of the oldest continuing performing chamber music presenters in the country. It continues to attract many of the most outstanding chamber musicians from around the world. In addition to its regular season of five concerts, the Asheville Chamber Music Series has a robust educational outreach program designed to help introduce the next generation to a lifelong love of music. Asheville’s Opal String Quartet has collaborated in this effort. In 2022, ACMS launched its first “Rising Star Series” in collaboration with the Asheville Art Museum. These recitals, held in the atrium of the art museum, feature promising North Carolina musicians embarking on concert careers. The 2022-23 season of the Asheville Chamber Music Series is sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Beacon Pointe Advisors, Jaclyn Hill, Gan Shan West and AVL Technologies. For more information about the Asheville Chamber Music Series please visit