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MARCH 8th 2020 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

R. HAHN: “VENEZIA” SONGS FOR TENOR & PIANO
M. RAVEL: STRING QUARTET IN F MAJOR
G. FAURE: SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO N.1 IN A MAJOR OP 13
G. FAURE: “ELEGIE” FOR CELLO & PIANO OP 24
C. SAINT-SAENS: PIANO QUINTET IN A MAJOR OP 14

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Artists:

James ONSTAD Tenor
Hailed as “sensitive and precise” and “hauntingly beautiful” (New Classic LA), James Onstad is an active and versatile performer who has soloed with many of America’s leading orchestras and opera houses, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera Unlimited, the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra and Pops, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, as well as LA’s very own wild Up and Musica Angelica.
James performs regularly with LA’s experimental opera company The Industry—most recently in John Cage’s monumental operatic work, Europeras, which was presented in collaboration with the LA Phil. Upcoming engagements include Purcell’s King Arthur with Bach Collegium San Diego, a recital tour with guitarist David Leisner, as well as Leonard Bernstein’s MASS with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Marin Alsop.

James discovered Schubert Lieder at the age of 14 and has been presenting recitals ever since. He has studied under the art-song luminaries of our time, including Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, and Pierre Vallet, Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allan.   
Originally from Santa Fe, NM, James Onstad holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

.............................................................................................................................. Chiai TAJIMA Violin
Chiai Tajima is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, and in demand as a performer of new music. Most recently, she served as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, some of the world's most prestigious orchestral academies. In addition to her orchestral collaborations she is a member of EDGE, a contemporary ensemble based in Los Angeles and performs frequently with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble that premiers new works alongside standard repertoire.

Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship recipient. Through this festival, she held a principal position in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and collaborated with renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Julia Fischer, and Robert McDuffie.
Chiai is a laureate of several competitions including the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, Torrance Symphony Young Artists Competition, and the Edith Knox Peninsula Competition. She has soloed with the Torrance Symphony, Beach Cities Symphony and the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra.
She has also given recitals as a recipient of the Herbert Zipper award, and as a guest musician at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Fair.

Chiai holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. While at Juilliard, she participated in an interactive outreach program as a GLUCK fellow, bringing music to various metropolitan hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Bing Wang. Chiai plays on a 1688 Antonio Casini, generously on loan from the Colburn Foundation.

.............................................................................................................................. Benjamin HOFFMAN Violin
Violinist Benjamin Hoffman has been heard across Asia, Europe, and the US, performing alongside artists such as Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Peter Frankl, Wolfram Christ, Jorja Fleezanis, and Gary Hoffman among others, in various chamber music formations at festivals such as Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, and Music Academy of the West.  In his Carnegie Hall debut, he performed Aaron Jay Kernis’s “Mozart en Route” and Hindemith’s “Kammermusik Nr. 1.”
Recently, he had the honor of performing before UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon as a member of Sejong Soloists at the United Nations in New York.

  Mr. Hoffman served as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of John Adams at Avery Fisher Hall in New York to critical acclaim. 
He has also appeared as guest concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Szechuan Orchestra of China, Symphony Song in Seoul, Korea, and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. In a recent performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, he was praised for his “virtuosity and deep feeling…impeccable intonation [and] a stirring, inspired performance.” Other appearances as a soloist have included works ranging from solo Bach to Brahms’s Double Concerto to contemporary premieres.

.............................................................................................................................. Tanner MENEES Viola
Tanner Menees performs the viola largely in a chamber music setting. Mr. Menees has collaborated in chamber music performances with notable artists such as Martin Beaver, Miriam Fried, Clive Greensmith, Richie Hawley, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, and Ronald Leonard.
His summers have taken him to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Menuhin Festival String Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and McGill International String Quartet Academy. Mr. Menees also performed on Ravinia’s annual tour in 2017, which performed at venues in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Stamford. Mr. Menees is also a part of the Los Angeles Ensemble, a piano quartet based in LA.

He has served as principal viola for the Colburn Orchestra under the batons of Yehuda Gilad, Sir Neville Marriner, and Robert Spano. In the 2015-16 concert season, he performed as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra under maestro Thierry Fischer. Tanner Menees is an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, where he also received his Bachelor of Music degree.

............................................................................................................................................................................. Eric BYERS Cello
Praised as “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers captivates audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer. At 18, he made his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018 he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a last minute substitution. His performance of the third movement of B.A. Zimmerman's Cello Concerto was lauded as “rapturously played” and “utterly convincing” by the Los Angeles Times. His solo repertoire spans J.S. Bach to today’s most innovative composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Eötvös. Byers’ performance of Adès’ ‘Lieux retrouvés’ with pianist Gloria Cheng was described as ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA).

A founding member of the Calder Quartet, Byers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Festival, Disney Hall, Esterházy Palace, and Sydney Opera House. Winners of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, the quartet performs the work of today’s emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. Other chamber music collaborators have included Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, and Claude Frank. Byers has also served as guest principal of Pacific Symphony for its Carnegie Hall debut and tour of China in 2018.
First inspired to compose at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house in Joshua Tree, Byers’ works have been performed at Kennedy Center, SummerStage NYC, and Hear Now Festival in Los Angeles. Sybarite5’s album ‘Outliers’ featuring two of Byers’ pieces, debuted at #1 on the classical billboard charts.
Byers has taught chamber music at the Colburn School (2008-2011) and Oberlin College Conservatory (2014-2016).  He has conducted masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, UCLA, and the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA. Through performing and composing, he hopes to impart lessons from mentors Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris, Richard Aaron, and Eberhardt Feltz. He attended USC, The Colburn Conservatory, and The Juilliard School.

.............................................................................................................................. Marisa GUPTA Piano
Marisa Gupta, piano Born in the USA of Thai and Indian parentage, pianist Marisa Gupta is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concours Maria Canals (Barcelona) and the Viotti Competition (Vercelli, Italy), a Solti Foundation Award, a Fulbright scholarship, and 1st prize at the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists' Competition (UK). She was a finalist in the BBC New Generations Thinker’s Scheme, an Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library, and has also won awards from the Elgar Society and Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), South Bank Centre, King’s Place, The Bridgewater Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Ateneul Român, Theatre Adyar, LACMA (Los Angeles), Tokyo Opera City, Munegetsu Hall (Nagoya), and other venues throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA. Radio broadcasts include appearances on KUHF and KUSC (USA), Radio 4 (Netherlands), Radio Catalunya, and on BBC Radio 3.

She has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, and at numerous festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Sunset Chamber Fest, and many others. She has worked closely with a number of composers, notably Jörg Widmann, Philippe Hersant, and David Matthews, and has given the US and UK premieres of works by Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, European premieres of major works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Ned Rorem, and the world premiere of Rhapsodie by Philippe Hersant. Marisa received the Diplôme de Soliste from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, where she studied with Pascal Devoyon.

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