Avery Gagliano, Piano
TGIF concerts are unique in their focus on the connection between artist and audience, made possible by the intimate venue of the Tryon Fine Arts Center. They take place from 6 to 7 pm, but come at 5:30 when the beer and wine bar opens.
Our first concern is keeping all of you, our personnel, and our performers as safe as possible. As information about large gatherings becomes available, we will keep you updated on ticket sales, protocols, and other details. In the meantime, we wish you healthy days ahead.
Jason DeCristofaro is an active musician, music educator, and composer based in Asheville, North Carolina. He is adjunct music faculty at Warren Wilson College and A-B Tech. A published composer with C. Alan Publications and Tapspace Publications, Jason’s concert works have been performed in China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sweden, and throughout the United States. Jason has performed as a guest artist at numerous jazz festivals and given clinics on Jazz improvisation and performance at several universities throughout the Southeast.
He hosts Jazz Night at Southern Appalachian Brewery every Wednesday in Hendersonville and co-hosts the weekly Monday Jazz Night at One World Brewing West in Asheville. The winner and recipient of numerous and varied awards and scholarships, Jason is currently working toward his Doctorate in Music Education at Boston University.
Originally from Washington, DC, Avery Gagliano moved to Philadelphia to study piano with Jonathan Biss and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Gagliano made her Carnegie Hall debut at age nine and was first featured on From the Top when she was ten years old. She cannot remember a time that music was not a part of her life; it has always been her “most natural form of expression.”
In addition to performing with orchestras and in concert halls across the United States, Ms. Gagliano is a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale and a two-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship in 2016 and 2017. In 2019 she was named YoungArts Winner in Music. As a soloist and an avid chamber musician, she has performed in major concert venues in her hometown, as well as across the United States and in Paris, Oxford, Munich, and Perugia.