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APRIL 5th 2020 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

R. STRAUSS: SONGS FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
CLARA SCHUMANN: PIANO TRIO IN G MINOR OP 17
F. CHOPIN: ETUDE N.7 IN C SHARP MINOR OP 25 FOR CELLO & PIANO
FANNY MENDELSSOHN: PIANO TRIO IN D MINOR OP 11

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Artists:

Elissa JOHNSTON Soprano
Hailed by Musical America for “her voice pure and ethereal, her expression embracing and heartfelt”, Elissa Johnston has appeared in a wide range of repertory. Her orchestral engagements include appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, San Francisco Contemporary Players and the Pasadena Symphony. Elissa’s performances in the 2010/11 season include Haydn’s Creation with The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1916 with Jacaranda Music, Bach Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah with the Telemann Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, the American premiere of Him Sophy’s The Fall of Angkor with Southwest Chamber Music, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Britten’s The Poet’s Echo with Dilijan Music, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with Jacaranda Music and Schumann songs with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on their West Side Connections concert series at the Broad Stage. Recent highlights include Messiaen’s Harawi with pianist Vicki Ray at Jacaranda Music and Pianospheres, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Helmuth Rilling at the USC Thornton School of Music’s 125th Anniversary celebration, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations concerts led by Monica Huggett, music of Couperín with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society led by Thomas Adès, and Brahms Requiem with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other recent appearances include Handel’s Radamisto with Musica Angelica, Bach solo cantatas 184 and 202 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Denali String Quartet. Elissa appeared in the acclaimed world premiere of SPIRAL XII by Chinary Ung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Previously she sang the world premiere of Aura by Mr. Ung with Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music. She subsequently recorded Aura with SWCM and toured with the ensemble in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Elissa has performed numerous times with the L.A. Philharmonic’s New Music Group, both in Los Angeles and at the Ojai Festival, with conductors Tan Dun, David Zinman, Daniel Harding and Steven Stucky. She made her Lincoln Center debut singing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with the New York City Ballet and was subsequently invited back to premiere Morgen!, a set of 10 orchestral songs by Richard Strauss choreographed by Peter Martins. Elissa also appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s Copland Festival and Lincoln Center’s Stravinsky Festival. Her recital appearances include programs at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and at the Aspen Festival’s Winter Music Series with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Elissa can also be heard on dozens of film soundtracks. She is the featured vocal soloist in Serenata Schizophrana by Danny Elfman which was released on the Sony Classical label and featured on the IMAX release Deep Sea 3D.

.............................................................................................................................. Tereza STANISLAV Violin
Dividing her time among chamber, solo, orchestral and recording projects, Tereza has been hailed for her “expressive beauty and wonderful intensity” (Robert Mann) of her playing, her “sure technique and musical intelligence” (Calgary Herald), and “ her sweet tone, brilliant phrasing, uncannily pointed rhythm and pure intonation (even at the violin’s highest and lowest extremities)” (Huffington Post).
Tereza was the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Benjamin Wallfisch about which the Los Angeles Times wrote, “she gave a magisterial rendition” and “held the audience rapt.” An active and highly sought after chamber musician, she has appeared in venues including the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed in concert with artists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jon Kimura Parker. In 2004, Tereza released a CD in collaboration with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen.

She served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera’s 2010 production of The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo.
In 2009, Tereza was invited to be the Chamber Music Collaborator for Sonata Programs and member of the jury for the Sixth Esther Honens International Piano Competition.
An advocate for new music, Tereza has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, Toshio Hosokawa and Louis Andriessen. World premieres include Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet (2009) with Julie Landsman, Louis Andriessen’s The City of Dis (2007), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (2009), and as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007);
West Coast premieres include Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She is featured on a new recording of Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges on Albany Records, Reich’s Daniel Variations on Nonesuch, a self-released solo cd with Hung-Kuan Chen and the complete Pleyel string quartets with the Enso Quartet on Nonesuch.

.............................................................................................................................. Arash AMINI Cellist
Cellist Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, and Botswana. His many performances include his New York debut recital in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with the Oakland Symphony; at the Ravinia Festival, Smithsonian Institution, Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland, and the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian; on Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Curtis Alumni Recital series; and for The Creative Coalition and Americans for the Arts. He has also performed chamber music with André Watts, Barbara Hendricks, Nigel Kennedy, Cho-Liang Lin, Mischa Maisky, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Sharon Isbin.

A graduate of Curtis- where he studied with David Soyer, and Juilliard- where he studied with Aldo Parisot, Arash Amini was a co-founder, the Artistic Director, and an Artist Member of the New York-based chamber music society, America’s Dream Chamber Artists, with whom he performed throughout the U.S. Arash Amini has performed as the cellist of Mark O’Connor’s piano trio- including with Rosanne Cash, as Principal Cellist of Orpheus and the New Jersey Symphony, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He has performed countless world and U.S. premieres of solo and chamber music works; his performances have been heard on NPR, WQXR, and WNYC; and he has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, and Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland); Musical America, Chamber Music, The Strad, Symphony, and Muso magazines; and on Voice of America broadcasts.


.............................................................................................................................. Alin MELIK-ADAMYAN Piano
Alin Melik-Adamyan Pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan is a prize-winning collaborative artist, soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. A native to Southern California, Ms. Melik-Adamyan began her piano studies at the age of four and has performed throughout the United States, Armenia, and Germany.
Praised with a “sensitivity unique in the piano world” (The Musical Gourmet), Ms. Melik-Adamyan has won numerous competitions and scholarships. She was the grand prize winner of the YMF/ASCAP Leiber & Stoller $10,000 Scholarship, first prize winner at the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, first prize winner at the William Grant Still Young Artists Competition, and grand prize winner at the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Competition. Ms. Melik-Adamyan often gives back to her community by performing at fundraisers such as the Armenian Society of LA Fundraiser.

She has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras throughout California including the Westwood-Brentwood Symphony, the Los Angeles Bach Festival Orchestra, and the Oakland Conventional Festival Orchestra. Ms. Melik-Adamyan was also an invited guest artist at the Centrum Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington.
An avid collaborative pianist, Ms. Melik-Adamyan has found success along with cellist, Coleman Itzkoff, performing together as the Amicus Duo. Since their formation, Amicus Duo has performed throughout the United States in showcases, master classes, recording studios, and concert halls. They earned top prizes at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, winning second prize overall and a special prize for best performance of Arthur Gottschalk’s Some Assembly Required. Ms. Melik-Adamyan can also be found collaborating with dancers as the Music Coordinator for the American Contemporary Ballet, which produces original contemporary classical ballets and presents twentieth-century masterworks.

Ms. Melik-Adamyan’s work as a collaborative pianist has given her the opportunity to work with renowned musicians including Ralph Kirshbaum, Jeffrey Kahane, and Glenn Dicterow. She is a sought-after pianist for recitals, master classes, and private studios in Southern California.
Ms. Melik-Adamyan studied with Carl Matthes for twelve years until she entered the USC Thornton School of Music where she earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance with Kevin Fitz-Gerald. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer of Keyboard Studies at USC and is completing a Doctorate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts.

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