Christopher Tavernier – Performing Artist & Concert Pianist – Perzina Artist for Freeburg Pianos
Christopher Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen in Rocky Mount, NC, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the opening concert of the orchestra’s Fall 2013 season. Since then he has won the Hendersonville, Asheville, Augusta, and Charlotte Symphony concerto competitions, and second prize in the National Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he was the youngest performer in the history of the competition. He was one of two pianists who won the Brevard Music Festival Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, competing in a field that included college undergraduate and graduate students.
In addition to a growing solo repertoire, Christopher has performed concerti by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Prokofiev. Also, a dedicated chamber musician, he performs with the Mountain Chamber Trio and the Rutherford Chamber Consort. In addition, he has performed many benefit concerts in support of the Mission Foundation’s “Ladies Night Out” — a collaboration of women helping women who provide free mammograms and health screenings for uninsured/underinsured women.
Christopher has been featured on ABC affiliate television station WLOS, CBS affiliate WSPA in Spartanburg (Scene on 7), Carolinas CW62 (Studio 62), and Carolina Live NPR radio, and WCQS in Asheville, NC. In 2015 he was named the first International Perzina Artist in the company’s 148 year history. Christopher in currently studying at the College of Music at FSU majoring in Piano Performance under Dr. Read Gainsford, associate professor and coordinator of keyboard studies. He has also studied under Dr. Doug Weeks in Spartanburg, SC, and Dr. John Cobb in Henderson County, NC. Christopher will also be performing internationally and has published recordings in DVD and CD formats.