Asher Ian Armstrong was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in a music-loving family who supported his strong and early interest in music. He began lessons at the age of 8 with an enthusiastic pianist from South Africa, and began playing music with his two sisters (both violinists) with whom he continues to collaborate (both in bluegrass and in classical music).

A graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MMus in piano performance), Asher also received a Bachelor diploma in piano performance from the University of Tennessee as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, studying with Marietta Orlov. In addition, he studied in the United Kingdom at the Ian Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh, Scotland, with Senior Lecturer Nicholas Ashton.

Asher is an active performer and competitor, having won numerous awards and appeared with orchestras, instrumentalists, choirs, and frequently as a soloist. He is equally active in teaching, and has taught at the Interlochen School of the Arts in Michigan and the Indian Springs Academy of Music in Cincinnati. Currently, he teaches privately and at the University of Toronto.


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