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JANUARY 13th 2019 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

P. TCHAIKOVSKY & S. RACHMANINOFF: SONGS FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO & PIANO
S. RACHMANINOFF: “DEUX MORCEAUX DE SALON” OP 6 FOR VIOLIN & PIANO
S. RACHMANINOFF: SONATA FOR CELLO & PIANO IN G MINOR OP 19
P. JUON: PIANO TRIO N.1 IN A MINOR OP 17 “US PREMIERE”

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Artists:

Katarzyna SADEJ Mezzo-Soprano
Polish-Canadian Mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She has sung internationally in concert, opera, chamber music, oratorio and recital. Katarzyna has performed numerous world premieres and has had over a dozen new works composed especially for her. She is a featured solo performer on the Metier Records 2013 CD and world premiere recording release of Rising at Dawn: Chamber Music with Brass by Carson Cooman, about which her performance was hailed by James Altena of Fanfare Magazine as “nothing short of enthralling.“
Katarzyna specializes in recital performance, and has performed numerous recitals in Canada, USA, England, France, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro.

In 2017 Katarzyna made her debut with L.A. Opera, as the Page of Herodias in Strauss’ Salome. She made her San Diego Opera debut as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in April 2016. In the fall of 2015, Katarzyna made her debut with The Industry, L.A.’s cutting edge contemporary opera company, as River Voice in the world premiere of HOPSCOTCH. She reprised this role in 2016 on the forthcoming recording of HOPSCOTCH to be released soon by The Industry. In the summer of 2015, Katarzyna made her debut at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, singing the mezzo-soprano solos in J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. She is the 2016 first prize winner of the Susan and Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition. As the 2015 winner of the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Competition, she appeared in Chicago in August 2015, presenting an all-Polish recital with works by Chopin, Moniuszko, Paderewski, Szymanowski and Karlowicz. The award was presented by The American Council for Polish Culture, and acknowledged Katarzyna’s long-time work as a proud ambassador for Polish music.

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

.............................................................................................................................. Michael KAUFMAN Cello
An exciting cellist exploring various facets of the classical music scene, Michael Kaufman was the soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has performed at prestigious venues such as Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Concerto performances include works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Gulda and chamber music engagements have taken him across the States and Western Europe. Michael is the Associate Principal cellist of Redlands Symphony and teaches on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University. He has participated in several important chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Important performances include chamber music concerts with Midori, Brett Dean’s 12 Angry Men in Disney Hall at the Piatigorsky Festival, the premiere of a concerto written by Daniel Silliman with the USC Symphony, and a month-long engagement playing principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels. Last season, he performed the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Saddleback symphony and premiered a concerto by USC Faculty Composer Sean Friar with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Michael is the founder and president of the Los Angeles festival Sunset ChamberFest and the cello quintet SAKURA. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor’s from Eastman. Michael’s principal teachers have been Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and Alison Wells; he has also received valuable guidance from Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin, Thomas Adès, and David Geringas.

Kevin KWAN LOUCKS Piano
Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), "a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California), and in 2015, was named one of Orange County, California's most influential people by OC Weekly. He has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Lichtenstein Palace in Prague, and has performed on National Public Radio, CBC Radio 2, Classical KUSC, the Public Broadcasting Service, KABC-TV Los Angeles, and the Korean Broadcasting System. He was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, the Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, and received the American Prize in Piano Performance in 2012.

As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recitals with Rachel Barton Pine, Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Eugene Drucker, Edgar Meyer, Johannes Moser, Lara St. John, Kyung Sun Lee, and Carol Wincenc. He has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Cecilia, and Jupiter String Quartets, and has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an All‐Star Ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada. Loucks has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo launched Chamber Music | OC — one of the most dynamic classical music projects in the country dedicated to advancing the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach. In that same year they formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and are currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they also direct the annual Summer Chamber Music Festival.

A Korean-American adoptee and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Kevin Kwan Loucks was mentored by Julian Martin, Henk Guittart, David Finckel, Wu Han, and Nina Scolnik. He is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he served as Head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and Teaching Assistant for the Emerson String Quartet. He recently concluded a two-year position as Artistic Director of the International Arts Mentoring Program in South Korea, a program sponsored by the Education and Culture Association bringing music and arts education to underprivileged children throughout Asia. In 2017, Loucks earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University where he studied entrepreneurship, finance, management, and strategy. He completed his Executive Education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he studied marketing and innovation, brand management, and digital marketing strategy.
.............................................................................................................................. 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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