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“Debussy: His Friends & Enemies” | Pianist Matthew Graybil

November 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm


This whimsical program celebrates the life, music and sharp-tongued wit of Claude Debussy, based on his musical criticism and written correspondences. Here, musical friend and foe are pitted against one another in a program highlighting many musical styles and periods, enlivened by Debussy’s cunning, caustic and often amusing commentary on his musical idols, contemporaries, and adversaries. It will also showcase the scope of his influences, in which Chopin is prominently featured.

Ticket Cost:  

$35/performance unless otherwise noted, with multiple concert subscriptions available.  Morning and afternoon concerts are approximately one hour in length, evening performances approximately 1.5 hours.

For tickets and more information visit: or call 813.966.1933

First Presbyterian Church
40 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801
7:30 p.m.

About the Artist:

Praised by The New Yorker as an “exceptional young artist” and by The Southampton Press as “hypnotic and compelling,” American pianist Matthew Graybil has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Holland, and Mexico.  He made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and has subsequently performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Chamber Players. He completed the Master’s program at Juilliard and debuted his first album in 2012 featuring the works of Brahms and Schubert.  Graybil’s second album, Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 10 has also been released on The Chopin Project label.

About The Chopin Project 

Through its original sponsorships by University of Michigan’s acclaimed School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Copernicus Endowment and Frederick Slutsky Arts, The Chopin Project® began as a live-concert-and-symposium series in 2007.  Through a series of nine concerts, renowned teacher and performer Arthur Greene and select members of his studio created a chronological traversal of Chopin’s solo piano repertory, which caught the attention of Frederick Slutsky, who at the time, was also representing Greene.

Combining his personal musical passions with a proven entrepreneurial drive, business and government background, and legal education, Slutsky created and evolved The Chopin Project, a global enterprise aimed at making Chopin’s music more accessible to the casual listener and to music students and scholars alike.  Through a variety of web-based, social media, digital and printed resources, and more recently, live concerts and student outreach opportunities, he has taken what started as a concert series at the University of Michigan and expanded it into a worldwide phenomenon celebrating the works of Fryderyk Chopin and his contemporaries.  In addition to and as part of The Chopin Project, Slutsky is also dedicated to helping exceptional performing artists excel in the 21st century – an era of unprecedented challenge and opportunity in the performing-arts world.

Over the past 11 years, The Chopin Project has grown online to reach a worldwide community of music fans, students, and scholars – from the most casual to the most deeply committed. It now features a robust and growing series of live concerts from November through April each year with performances in newly added Asheville, NC as well as Sarasota, Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, including student outreach events in Bradenton and Hudson, Florida. For more information, visit


November 11, 2019
7:30 am - 9:30 pm


First Presbyterian Church Asheville
40 Church Street
Asheville, NC
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