Charles Asch

Asch, Charles


Charles Asch received his master’s degree in Classical Cello from Juilliard in 2011, and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Minnesota in the spring of 2017. He performs throughout the Twin Cities, including solo cello recitals, chamber music recitals, and performances with local orchestras. Dr. Asch has served as music faculty at University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and at MacPhail Center for Music.  He has performed with Lyra Baroque Orchestra and MN Opera.

Along with performance, Dr. Asch’s expertise is in beginning cellists, to help establish their proper form and playing style. His teaching method is informed by his studies with nationally known cello teachers, including Tanya Remenikova at UMN, Richard Aaron at Juilliard and Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University.  He has taught privately in the Twin Cities for over 7 years.  In his method, proper form leads to good tone, to greater ease and enjoyment in playing.  Dr. Asch works with intermediate and advanced students on audition preparation for orchestras.  Several of his students have been members of Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, the University of Minnesota Campus Orchestras, or become leaders within their school orchestras programs.  Students of all ages, from beginner to advanced, are welcome in his studio.

In addition to classical cello, Dr. Asch has also worked within pop, folk, and jazz styles.  He was a part of a pop/rock string group based out of Chicago called “The Gentlemen of NUCO”, which appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”.  He encourages his students to master the classical genre, as well as exploring other styles.  Beginning cellists usually work from the Suzuki method books, Essential Elements for Cello, and from several folk music books. Intermediate-advanced students begin to branch out and discover their interests, working on their orchestral and chamber music, as well as solos from the classical repertoire.

Dr. Asch is accepting students at MacPhail Center for Music on Saturdays.  Please fill out the form at for lesson placement.