Tryon Concerts to present Arsentiy Kharitonov

Published 11:55 am Monday, October 23, 2023

TRYON—Tryon Concerts will present pianist and composer Arsentiy Kharitonov in concert at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Thursday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Kharitonov has earned a reputation for mastery of the piano both as a performer and composer. He is known for “sumptuous tone, technical mastery, broad dramatic range, and elegant phrasing” (Fanfare Magazine). He began his training at the late age of sixteen at the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg and appeared shortly thereafter with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Youth Orchestra. More studies followed, including a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in piano performance.

An avid collaborator with other musicians, Kharitonov has appeared with numerous chamber musicians, including the Bennewitz String Quartet, who appeared here in Tryon last season. He has worked with the Cuarteto Quiroga, Tapestry Vocal Ensemble, cellist Cicely Parnas, violinist and conductor Igor Gruppman, and numerous other violinists and ensembles.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Mr. Kharitonov is the winner of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition and the Rachmaninov Competition. His appearances include notable concert venues across Asia, Europe, and North America, including the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and venues in Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul. Closer to home, venues have included the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, the National Gallery of Art, and the Tabernacle at Temple in the Square in Salt Lake City. New York City appearances include Steinway Hall, The Frick Collection, and Carnegie Hall.

As a composer, Kharitonov has also enjoyed success. His compositions won first prize at the All-National Composers’ Competition in Russia in 2020. 

He will perform several of his compositions here in Tryon. His thoughts on the role of music are interesting; he strives to make music more than mere entertainment. In his opinion, music is not a distraction or a background for a spectacle. 

“Music,” he writes, “can change a person’s life.”

In addition to Mr. Kharitonov’s own compositions, the program includes preludes by Bach/Siloti, Arabesque by Robert Schumann, a sonata by Frederic Chopin, and various short works by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

For information on this and other Tryon Concerts presentations, please visit our website,


Submitted by Anne De Sutter