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JANUARY 8th 2017 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

S.RACHMANINOFF & P.TCHAIKOVSKY: SONGS FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
A.ARENSKY: STRING QUARTET N.2 IN A MINOR OP 35
D.SHOSTAKOVITCH: PIANO TRIO N.1 IN C MINOR OP 8
S.TANEYEV: PIANO QUINTET IN G MINOR OP 30

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Artists:

Summer HASSAN Soprano
Egyptian-American Soprano, Summer Hassan was the 2013 winner of the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in North Carolina. She is currently a member of L.A.Opera’s residency program, the Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists.
Summer’s Los Angeles Opera debut was the role of 2nd Lady in the 2015 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She also appeared later that season in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles as well as Hercules vs Vampires. Included among her many roles are Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Betty in Threepenny Opera, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte and Mimi in La Boheme.

Summer is currently appearing as 2nd Lady in L.A. Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. Future performances include the role of Musetta in La Boheme, which will run this summer at Wolftrap.



.............................................................................................................................. Jessica GUIDERI Violin
American violinist Jessica Guideri currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Pacific Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival. She also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays for recordings of major motion picture soundtracks, and is featured on the upcoming public television series the “All Star Orchestra,” comprised of musicians from major orchestras around the country, led by Gerard Schwarz.

Before moving to Southern California, Jessica was Associate Principal Second Violin of the Phoenix Symphony, and was awarded a position in the Seattle Symphony. She has also performed as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and was invited as guest concertmaster of the Phoenix and Santa Barbara Symphonies.

Since her Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York Youth Symphony, which James Oestreich of The New York Times called “a lovely account,” Ms. Guideri has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Queens Symphony, Westchester Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of Campinas in Brazil. She has also given numerous solo recitals, including appearances at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall in New York.

An accomplished chamber musician, Jessica was the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, artists-in-residence at Utah State University. During her four years with the ensemble, they performed numerous concerts nationally and internationally, won prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, were sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan states, and worked with hundreds of students throughout the U.S. to promote arts education. Jessica performs each summer with the Eastern Chamber Players in North Carolina, and has performed in various chamber ensembles in such concert venues as Alice Tully, Merkin, and Weill Halls in New York.

Jessica has also served on the violin and chamber music faculties at San Diego State University, Utah State University, and the Eastern Music Festival.

Jessica received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, and Joel Smirnoff.

.............................................................................................................................. Jason ISSOKSON Volin
Violinist Jason Issokson began his musical studies at the age of four, and has since performed on concert stages across the world. As a soloist, Jason has appeared with many orchestras, including the Abilene Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Teatro San Carlo and the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia. Recent recital engagements include concerts in Albania, Germany, Japan, New York, and Los Angeles.

Jason completed his undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where his principal teacher was the celebrated violinist, Midori. He also holds a Masters of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he continued his studies with Midori. Jason was awarded the New Horizon Fellowship and the Dorothy DeLay Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Sylvia Rosenberg.
Jason’s playing has garnered numerous awards and honors, including the top prize at the 16th International Violin Competition ‘Andrea Postacchini’ in Fermo, Italy; the third prize at the 15th International Alberto Curci Violin Competition in Naples, Italy; and the Marion Rostal Prize at the International Max Rostal Competition for Violin in Germany.
Jason is a founding member of the Argus Quartet, a Los Angeles-based string quartet dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through new and innovative concert presentations of diverse repertoire. Argus was recently appointed as the first quartet-in-residence to be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet at the Yale School of Music’s String Quartet Fellowship program.

Recent performances by the quartet include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, Encinitas’ Music By The Sea, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Birdfoot Festival, and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam.
Jason’s passion for narrative – both musical and otherwise – is unmistakable. The recipient of an Annenberg Graduate Fellowship from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Jason enjoys exploring the intersections of storytelling and music-making. His writing has been featured on Neon Tommy: Annenberg Digital News and the LA Weekly.

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Jonathan MOERSCHEL Viola
Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a cellist in the Boston Symphony, fostered his early music studies both in piano and violin. At the age of sixteen, he began studying the viola with John Ziarko and chamber music with the violist from the Kolisch Quartet, Eugene Lehner.

Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra directed by Keith Lockhart in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He is the violist of the reknowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers.
The quartet, a receipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, and Aaron Jay Kernis. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre. They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mozarteum. Upcoming appearances include the continuation of a three year cycle of the complete Beethoven String Quartets at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage, Ojai Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, IRCAM in Paris and the Salzburg Festival. Moerschel is an Adjunct Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank and Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott.

He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Donald McInnes, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

.............................................................................................................................. Jacob BRAUN Cello
Jacob Braun teaches on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Chapman University and The Colburn School for Performing Arts. Jacob has recently performed at venues such as, The Colburn School, Chapman University, Music Academy of the West, Granada Theatre, The Crossroads School, Chamber Music Palisades, the University of La Verne, Saddleback College and Little Bridges Theatre in Pomona College.

During the summer, Jacob performs and teaches at the Montecito International Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute and Center Stage Strings in Three Rivers, CA.

With the Biava Quartet, Jacob won the 2003 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He was a member for three years with the Penderecki Quartet, concertizing to international acclaim and recording a CD of string quartets by Beethoven on the Marquis label.

Jacob plays on a Mariani cello, dated 1619.

.............................................................................................................................. Vijay VENKATESH Piano
A native of Orange County, California, pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been hailed in concert review for his “sublime phrasing, tremendous and powerful virtuosity, beautiful lyricism, and mature and sensitive interpretation” in performances “equaling that of Radu Lupu, Itzhak Perlman, and Andres Segovia.” At age 14, he made his orchestral debut with the South Coast Symphony.

In addition, he has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Seattle, Vienna, Roanoke, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, Transylvania, Brevard Festival and the Brevard Music Center. He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Ludovic Morlot, David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, Robert Lehrbaumer, Kimo Furumoto, and more. His 2015-16 season is highlighted with performances with the Seattle Symphony, TusciaOperafestival Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra and recitals at the Soka Performing Arts Center and LACMA’s Bing Theatre radio broadcasted on KUSC 91.5 FM “Sunday’s Live” in California. His career has toured the US with highlights in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Benaroya Hall, and Redlands Bowl as well as in Austria, Canada, Italy, and Turkey with broadcasts on the radio stations: NPR, LACMA’s “Sundays Live” KUSC 91.5 FM, “Voice of America”, WDAV 89.9 FM, WMNR 94.5 FM, WVTF-FM89, and KOCE-TV.
Vijay recently took a top prize in the 2015 Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition. He is the 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, and a 2008 Davidson Fellow, honored with an award ceremony and reception at the Library of Congress. A 2009 alumnus of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ with host Christopher O’ Riley, and a 2009 Winner of NFAA YoungARTS,

he took 1st Prizes in the 2011 Zimmerli International Solo Piano Competition, 2004 Russian International Solo Piano Competition, 2007 World Piano Pedagogue Competition, and 2nd prize in the 2007 Virginia Waring International Solo Piano Competition. He has also received fellowships from the festivals of Aspen, Banff, Brevard, CME Vienna, and more.
Vijay is also an avid community fund-raiser and outreach performer.

He has performed in 16 schools in California to spread awareness of classical music to all ages, and has raised over $20,000 in concert to benefit various schools and charities such as Music for Food, the South Orange County School of the Arts, and the charity, “Water”, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Vijay’s tutelage began at the age of three under Aleli Tibay. At age 11, he began studying with Leonid Levitsky, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and at 15 began studying with Dr. Sarkis Baltaian, professor at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the 2015 Parnassus Society Prize, 2014 Birte Moller Young Artist Award, and the 2013 Thornton Music Faculty Award from the University of Southern California where he currently studies with Professor Norman Krieger.

.............................................................................................................................. 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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