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FEBRUARY 10th 2019 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

F. SCHUBERT: SONGS FOR BARITONE & PIANO
L. BEETHOVEN: PIANO TRIO IN C MINOR OP 1 N.3
F. SCHUBERT: PIANO TRIO N.1 IN B FLAT MAJOR D 898

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Artists:

Ben LOWE Baritone
Ben Lowe, baritone, received his Masters of Music at UCLA studying voice under Vladimir Chernov.
Mr. Lowe is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills where he received his BA in music. He has been a featured soloist across the west coast and has sung recitals for organizations in southern California.

Mr. Lowe’s concert work includes Handel’s Messiah, the Brahms German Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and the Verdi Requiem. While at UCLA he participated in West Coast premieres and multiple workshops of new operatic works. Mr. Lowe spent two summers working with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West where he performed in Mathew Aucoin’s Second Nature.

While attending, Mr. Lowe was selected as the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Mr. Lowe represented the Music Academy of the West on a national tour. Last summer he returned to Music Academy of the West as a 2017 Fellow performing the role of Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love. Last fall Mr. Lowe made his New York debut performing in Mathew Aucoin’s Crossing and working shopping a new work for LA Opera. Over the summer Mr. Lowe made his European concert debut in Siena and Florence singing the Verdi Requiem with the Unione Corale Senese “Ettore Bastianini”.

.............................................................................................................................. Ambroise AUBRUN Violin
Ambroise Aubrun, violin, was admitted at the Paris National Superior Conservatory at age 15, where he studied with Roland Daugareil and Serge Pataud and graduated with a First Prize 4 years later.
He earned his Doctorate from UCLA with Guillaume Sutre, as well as his Artist Diploma from the Colburn School with Martin Beaver.
Since his recital debut at age 14, Ambroise has been invited to numerous festivals such as “Le Cercle musical”, the “Dilijan Chamber Music Series”, “Incontri in terra di Sienna”, and "Le Salon de Musiques".

He has performed in concert halls such as Salzburg Haus Fuer Mozart, Yerevan Khachaturian Grand Hall, Los Angeles Zipper Hall, and has played with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Guillaume Sutre, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, and Carrie Dennis. Ambroise has premiered over 20 works and has closely worked with composers such as Eric Tanguy, Mark Carlson, and Juan Colomer.
The recipient of numerous awards, Ambroise has appeared as a soloist in the Sibelius, Bruch, Joachim and Weinberg Concertos and the Bartok Rhapsody No.1. He plays a Matteo Goffriller violin, on a generous loan by the Langart Foundation. Ambroise currently teaches violin at UCLA and at UC Santa Barbara.
His first recording with pianist Steven Vanhauwaert will be released by the Hortus label in the Fall 2017.

.............................................................................................................................. Yoshika MASUDA Cello
Cellist YOSHIKA MASUDA is fast emerging as one of the most unique and versatile artists of his generation. Praised by the press for possessing a sound that is ‘ravishing’, ‘vibrant’ and ‘sensitive’, his recent Tokyo debut garnered critical acclaim. Yoshika has performed throughout his native Australia, Japan, the US and Europe in prestigious venues such as the Solitär at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Opera House in Sydney, the Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
As winner of national competitions in Australia, Japan and the US, he has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Juarez Symphony, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra, Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, North Queensland Symphony, USC Symphony and the YMF Debut Orchestra with conductors such as Sian Edwards, Nicholas Milton and Lucas Richman. His performances were broadcast on ABC Classic FM (Australia), BBC Radio 3 (UK), Klassik Radio (Germany) and Concertzender Radio (The Netherlands). In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Award.

Yoshika is an avid chamber musician and is a founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA, whose performances were recently described by the Los Angeles Times as ‘brilliant… superb.’ In recent years, Yoshika was invited to perform at the festivals of Aldeburgh and Leicester in the UK, Festival Amfiteatrof in Italy, Kirishima Music Festival in Japan, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music Mountain Chamber Festival and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in the USA.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoshika first started playing the cello at the age of five, but moved to Australia as a young child where he began his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He then studied extensively with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum, whilst also receiving close musical guidance from Thomas Demenga and David Geringas. Yoshika graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK with distinction and received the Principal’s Prize for outstanding achievement. He gained his DMA from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Yoshika was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at California Lutheran University in Los Angeles.
.............................................................................................................................. François CHOUCHAN Piano
French/American pianist/melodist François Chouchan is no stranger to awards and fame. From the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier) to the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, his outstanding talent has been recognized all over Europe. Not only has Chouchan performed as a soloist with orchestras and Chamber Music groups in many countries, but he has also been invited to play during Master Classes by several superior Talents such as M. Rostropovitch, Nikita Magaloff, G.Sebok or Magda Tagliaferro, who all acknowledged his unique sensitivity and creativity.

In Los Angeles, where Chouchan has resided since 2007, he has performed at the LACMA Museum for the “Sundays Live Series”, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge (with the Music Guild). He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall and at the Brandeis Institute, and for the Ermitage Foundation.

Chouchan’s deep musical sensibilities. his passion, perseverance and open mind are recognized by professionals and spectators alike who regard him as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician. He offers a “hip” approach to the classic music and his easy-going attitude and fresh approach to the genre has earned him the affection of fans of all ages, helping develop a younger audience for the art of Chamber Music.

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