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MAY 7th 2017 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

A.BEACH - S.BARBER: SONGS FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
S.BARBER: “ADAGIO” FOR STRINGS IN B FLAT MINOR
R.CLARK: TRIO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO & PIANO
R.CLARK: “THREE MOVEMENTS” FOR TWO VIOLINS & PIANO
A.BEACH: PIANO QUINTET IN F SHARP MINOR OP 67

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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.

.............................................................................................................................. Chiai TAJIMA Violin
Chiai Tajima is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, and in demand as a performer of new music. This past summer Chiai served as concertmaster of the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestral academies.
In 2016, she will be performing in Japan as a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. In addition to orchestral collaborations she is a member of EDGE, a contemporary ensemble based in Los Angeles.

Most recently, Chiai performed with EDGE in the west coast premiere of a work by Steven Hartke. 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 has been awarded top prizes at several competitions including the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, Torrance Symphony Young Artists Competition, and Edith Knox Peninsula Competition. 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 community service program as a Gluck Fellow, bringing music to various metropolitan hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities.

.............................................................................................................................. Ambroise AUBRUN Violin
French violinist Ambroise Aubrun has been described as a performer with “marvelous ease, suppleness and beauty of sound” (Nice-Matin).

Ambroise began his musical studies at age 4 at the Nice conservatoire. At age 12, he won his first competition (Vatelot). The following year, he was unanimously awarded First Prize at the “Mouans Sartoux” competition. These awards gave him the opportunity to perform all over France.

At age 14, Ambroise obtained the First Prize Magna cum Laude at the Nice National Conservatory with Professor Daniel Lagarde and Jean-Claude Abraham, the First Prize in Chamber Music as well as in Baroque-music, and received the “Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales”.
The following year, he joined the studio of Roland Daugareil at the Paris National Superior Conservatory (CNSMDP) where he also studied with Serge Pataud. Ambroise was only 19 when he graduated from the CNSMDP with a First Prize as well as the “Diplôme de Formation Supérieur”.

Upon graduating, he enrolled in a perfectionement program at the Paris Conservatory (CNR) under the tutelage of Suzane Gessner, and in the string quartet program at the CNSMDP with Professor Marc Coppey. His passion for chamber music led him to perform alongside such artists as Guillaume Sutre, Fred Sherry, Antonio Lysy, Movses Pogossian, Richard O’Neill, Clive Greensmith, Rohan de Saram, Inna Faliks and Amaury Coeytaux.
In 2011, he co-created the LaMi quartet with whom he was a finalist at the Chesapeake and Coleman international chamber music competitions.

Since his recital debut at age 14, Ambroise has been invited to several festivals such as “Le Cercle musical” (Cannes, France), the “Festival de Loudun”, “Les Rencontres de Saint-Cezaire”, the “Dilijan Chamber Music Serie” (Zipper Hall, Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia), the “Incontri in terra di Sienna” (Italy) and the Banff festival (Canada).

He has participated in various master-classes held by Augustin Dumay, Peter Croper, Mauricio Fuks, Michael Frishenshlager, Ani Kavafian, Christophe Horak, Martin Chalifour, Stuart Canin, and Midori Goto.

Laureate of several competitions (3rd prize at the “Flame” international competition in Paris, winner of the “Award Kent” concerto competition and the “All star” competition, finalist of the “San Angelo” international competition) Ambroise has soloed with the UCLA Philharmonia and Symphony orchestras (Sibelius and Bruch Concertos, Bartok Rhapsody No.1).

Ambroise obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at UCLA under Professor Guillaume Sutre.
He had the honour to be nominated teaching associate for the strings at UCLA for the year 2012-2013, and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, as Martin Beaver’s only student.

Ambroise plays a Matteo Goffriller violin, on a generous loan by the Langart foundation.

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

.............................................................................................................................. Eric BYERS Cello
Called “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers is active as a chamber musician, soloist, and composer. Recognized with top prizes at the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, USC Concerto Competition, Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, and National American String Teachers Association Competition, he has concertized in North, Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. At 18, Byers made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as winner of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Competition. After studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron, he worked with cellist Ron Leonard at USC Thornton School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music. He continued his studies at the Colburn Conservatory and received an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

As part of the Calder Quartet since its beginning in 1998, he has commissioned new works from David Lang, Peter Eötvös, Christopher Rouse and other preeminent composers. Winners of the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for their innovation in music programming, the Calders have also appeared alongside Vampire Weekend, Andrew WK, The National, and Airborne Toxic Event and performed on the Late Night Show with David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Conan O’Brien. As a chamber musician, Eric has performed with violinists Joshua Bell, Robert McDuffie, and Mark O’Connor; bassist Edgar Meyer; pianists Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, Anne­Marie McDermott, and Gloria Cheng; and guitarist Sharon Isben. As a composer he has written ensemble works with electronic live sampling and string arrangements for bands like Lord Huron, and completed a composer residency in the home of composer Lou Harrison in Joshua Tree.

His teaching has included masterclasses and coachings at Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, University of South Carolina, Aspen Music Festival, and University of California, Los Angeles and a prior teaching residency at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Byers performs on a cello by Jean­Baptiste Vuillaume, made in Paris ca.1855. When not playing his cello, he enjoys reading, photography, and rock climbing. “cellist, Eric Byers, gave an ideally eloquent reading of the intense, Bartókian Sonata for Solo Cello, showing that the fierce beauty is a quality of many shades.” Mark Swed, LA Times

“I admired cellist Eric Byers’ adroit phrasing and sensitivity to ensemble balance as he essayed his numerous solos with bravura authority. The baritonal eloquence of his sound resonated warmly in the welcoming acoustic of Prebys Hall.” Kenneth Herman, SanDiego.com

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