Temple Trio musicians Mariya Potapova, violinist, Frances Duff, violoncellist, and Vance Reese, pianist, will be performing various musical selections of Beethoven, Chaminade, Schoenfeld, and others on Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in Gaither Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.
Potapova, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, grew up in a family of musicians. Mariya began studying violin at age eight with professor Polonskaya at the Music Academy #16 of St. Petersburg. Upon graduation she began taking lessons with Vladimir Gentselt of St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Potapova moved to the United States in 1999, where she started studying with world-renown professor Vadim Voyler. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony, the Symphony of the Mountains, and Bella Corda, an Asheville string ensemble.
Duff studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Quebec a Montreal, McGill University, and the University of Iowa, and has done extensive training in Suzuki cello teaching and Suzuki method parenting. Frances continues to perform in the Hendersonville and Asheville Symphonies.
Vance Reese, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, received his academic training at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Scarritt College in Nashville, and Indiana University in Bloomington. A Doctor of Music since 1997, his teachers include Larry Smith and Marilyn Keiser (organ). While at Indiana University, Vance served as an opera coach and accompanist with the IU Opera Theater in fifteen productions. Reese is the co-founder of Opera Creations, plays regularly for the Asheville Lyric Opera of which he is chorus master, and plays double bass in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.