Charles Asch, cello
Charles Asch completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota, and his Master of Music at Juilliard. Dr. Asch is an active recitalist, performing programs ranging from baroque to contemporary. His recitals have been featured at the Schubert Club Courtroom, the Germanic American Institute, Antonello Hall at MacPhail, at the Universities of Minnesota—Morris and University of Wisconsin—River Falls. Dr. Asch’s primary studies were with Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern, followed by studies with Richard Aaron at Juilliard, both internationally known pedagogues for their technical curricula. He completed his doctorate at University of Minnesota with Tanya Remenikova, who was a student of Mstislav Rostropovich at Moscow Conservatory.
Dr. Asch currently performs with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and serves as faculty at University of Wisconsin River-Falls and MacPhail Center for Music. His recent recital engagements have included works from the 19th century “salon” by Arensky, Davydov, Schumann and Mendelssohn, and a Baroque program with sonatas by Vivaldi and Geminiani. In 2017, he was featured in the Schubert Club Courtroom Series on Sonatas by Poulenc and Debussy. On the contemporary scene, he has worked with many composers on performances of their works, including Libby Larsen, Edie Hill, Linda Haugen, and Grigory Smirnov. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Dvorak and Haydn with the Northwestern University Symphony and the Concord Chamber Orchestra. He is featured in several soundtracks for films, on the internationally released Glass (2019, M. Night Shyamalan) and Coyote (2017, T. Simmons)
Dr. Asch’s performing experience carries over to his teaching, where he encourages students to deepen their knowledge of the cello repertoire, and therefore to perfect the technique necessary for a truly artistic performance. He combines a careful study of scales, arpeggios and double-stops in his teaching, with a comprehensive exploration of the cello repertoire. His knowledge of the Suites for Solo Cello by Bach and Sonatas by Vivaldi is particularly in depth, based upon his experience as a baroque cellist, both in bringing out their innate architecture and style, as well as in ornamentation practices for trills.