Karisa Chiu stands holding a violinThere has been a change on the Masterworks 4: Classical Romance program: due to unforeseen medical circumstances, previously announced soloist and Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) trumpet student Alisa Crüger-Cain has withdrawn from the program.

We are excited to announce that violinist Karisa Chiu is our new soloist for Masterworks 4 and will perform W.A. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218.

The Asheville Symphony Chorus will also remain on the program performing Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass, returning for their annual collaboration with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

Karisa Chiu is a Master’s candidate and Concerto Competition winner at CIM. “Mozart Four is a delight, and Karisa is a fantastic fit to perform it,” said Asheville Symphony Music Director Darko Butorac. “We are grateful to CIM for providing us such a deep pool of stage-worthy talent to draw from, and I am eager to meet and make music with Karisa on this special occasion.”

The Asheville Symphony annually partners with CIM, one of the country’s top conservatories, to feature the CIM Concerto Competition winner. The partnership between CIM and the ASO is made possible by Cleveland native and Asheville resident Tom Bolton, with the support of the Payne Fund, a longtime and generous supporter of conservatory scholarships at CIM. The Payne Fund Prize is an annual opportunity for a CIM Concerto Competition winner to perform with the ASO, with last year’s Masterworks 4: Aurora concert featuring CIM student Jacob Bernhardt. “This investment by Tom and the Payne Fund is an important incentive and experience for our students,” said Paul W. Hogle, CIM’s President and CEO. “The artistic leadership in Asheville, the philanthropic support, and the incredible setting make this annual opportunity a highly coveted one among CIM’s students, and we are thrilled to see Karisa make her well-deserved debut.”

Masterworks 4: Classical Romance will take place Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 18th at 3:00 PM at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Both performances for Masterworks 4: Classical Romance are sold out. If you have any questions or are no longer able to attend, please contact the Asheville Symphony ticketing office at (828) 254-7046 or tickets@ashevillesymphony.org.

About Karisa Chiu:
With a deep commitment to musical excellence and understanding of the repertoire, violinist Karisa Chiu has earned numerous accolades around the globe, including the first prize of the Isang Yun Violin Competition, second prize of the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, and the first prize winner of the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition. Karisa was named winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition in 2023, resulting in a concerto performance in Severance Hall with JoAnn Falletta and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Other notable performances include soloing with the KBS Symphony Orchestra under Markus Stenz at the Seoul Arts Center as a part of the 2022 Hanwha Symphony Festival, a recital at the Music in Pyeongchang festival, and a performance in the Casals Forum during the Kronberg Masterclasses. She has been featured as a soloist with several orchestras such as the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. For more about Karisa, visit karisachiu.com.

About the Cleveland Institute of Music:
The Cleveland Institute of Music empowers the world’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. Its graduates command the most celebrated and revered stages in the world as soloists, leading roles, chamber musicians, and ensemble members; compose meaningful, award-winning new repertoire; produce Grammy Award-winning recordings; and are highly sought-after teaching artists, administrators, and thought leaders. Explore cim.edu to learn more.