Blue Ridge Orchestra Presents Violinist Ayane Okabe

Ayane Okabe

Award-winning violinist Ayane Okabe comes to Asheville fresh from her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She will present Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece for violin and piano, Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place) with well-known local pianist Kimberly Cann, at Biltmore United Methodist Church on July 18.

To set the stage for Souvenir, the Blue Ridge Orchestra Chamber Strings will present Vivaldi’s vibrant Allegro in D, followed by Sentimental Sarabande from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, and Johann Stamitz’s Symphony in G minor.

A 2018 graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, Ms. Okabe is the winner of the 2018 Grand Prix International Competition for Juniors & Students, as well as numerous domestic contests, including the 2016 Yokohama International Competition. She has studied at the prestigious Mozarteum University Salzburg.

Pianist Kimberly Cann earned her master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and since has made her home in WNC, where she performs and teaches, in addition to serving as president of the Asheville Area Piano Forum from 2012-2014, and on the Asheville Symphony Board.

Ayane Okabe, Violin will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Tickets are $30 and are available online at and at the door. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Orchestra, a nonprofit community orchestra creating opportunities for WNC musicians and music lovers to enjoy affordable performances of great symphonic works.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.