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MAY 6th 2018 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

A.DVORAK: “GYSPY SONGS” OP 55 FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
D.PEJACEVIC: PIANO QUARTET IN D MINOR OP 25 “US PREMIERE”
A.DVORAK: ROMANCE FOR VIOLIN & PIANO IN F MAJOR OP 11
A.DVORAK: PIANO QUARTET N.2 IN E FLAT MAJOR OP 87

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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.

.............................................................................................................................. Tereza STANISLAV Violin
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007), Bruce Adolphe’s Oceanophony (2003), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (2009) and the West Coast premieres of Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She is featured on a new recording of the Wolfgang on Albany Records and the Reich on Nonesuch label.

Tereza holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University where she studied with Miriam Fried, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School where her teachers were Robert Mann and Felix Galimir. As Concertmaster of the Festival Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence in 1999, she received intensive orchestral and chamber music coaching from the late Isaac Stern. Tereza also completed quartet residencies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of the Vermeer Quartet and at Rice University.

Tereza enjoys participating in educational outreach and has collaborated with educator Robert Kapilow of NPR’s program, “What Makes It Great?” and musicologist Robert Winter of UCLA.

Tereza was invited to perform at the 2002 G-8 World Summit held in Kananaskis, Canada where she performed for Presidents Jacques Chirac and George W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien.

In 2000, Tereza was awarded the highest grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the category for Professional Musicians (Individuals) in Classical Music.

She is active in the film scoring industry in Los Angeles and in 2009, co-created the new music series, In Frequency.

.............................................................................................................................. 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 enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, and composer. He has appeared on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, and Esterházy Palace. Recognized with top prizes at many competitions, Byers made his solo debut at age 18 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron, he worked with Ronald Leonard at USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory. He received an Artist Diploma from Juilliard.
Recent solo performances include works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Andrew Norman, Mark Grey, Christine Southworth, Jacob Cooper, Caroline Shaw, Alberto Ginastera, and J.S. Bach. A recent performance of ‘Lieux retrouvés’ by Thomas Adès with Gloria Cheng was called ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Byers also performs his own compositions for cello and electronics alongside other works. After a 2013 composition retreat at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house in Joshua Tree, Byers began to write for other ensembles as well. Sybarite5 has performed Byers’ music in venues throughout the US including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His most recent composition is a Bach-inspired Sarabande for Sybarite5 premiered in New York in 2016.
Byers is a member of the Calder Quartet which was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2014. The group performs the work of today’s most exciting emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. The quartet was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for their innovation in music programming. Recent recordings include Mozart Piano Concerti with Anne-Marie McDermott (2013), the chamber works of Thomas Adès (2015), and a collection of new quartets by a dozen emerging composers called Eclectic Currents (2016).
Byers has also performed with many of today’s revered artists including Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and guitarist Sharon Isben.
His teaching has included masterclasses and coachings at Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, and UCLA and a prior teaching residency at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Byers performs on a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris ca.1855. He is an avid rock climber in his spare time.

.............................................................................................................................. Sung CHANG Piano
Sung Chang was born in Seoul, Korea, and began playing the piano at the age of three. At age five, he gave his debut concert and became the youngest winner of the Nagoya International Piano Competition in Japan, where he also received the Chamber Music and Japan Expo special prizes.
Chang has gone on to win more than ten international competitions - he won first prize and the special award for the ‘Best Performance of a Virtuoso Piece’ at the 7th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, as well as first prize at the Valsesia Musica International Competition, International Piano Competition “Citta Di Caraglio” in Italy. At Germany’s International 13. Wettbewerb der Chopin-Gesellschaft Hannover e.V., he was also awarded first prize and the audience prize. As a chamber musician, Chang garnered the first prize, audience prize, and the Schubert special prize from the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo, where no second prize was awarded. Most recently, he was awarded silver medal at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition, as well as two special prizes: ‘Best Performance of a Work by a Classical Composer’ and ‘Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer’.

In addition to his success at competitions, Chang’s engagements have taken him all over the globe to Germany, Italy, Netherland, France, Czech Republic, Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea and the USA. Last season alone, Chang performed solo recitals in more than fifteen major cities across the U.S. Most notably, he played Liszt’s Concert No. 1 at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and his recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw was broadcast live across the country. Some of Chang’s other engagements include performances for the Isang Yun Memorial Concert, North Korea National Orchestra Interaction Concert, Kumho Rising Star Series Concert, and the Yamaha Rising Star Concert. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Kyung-Ki Philharmonic Orchestra, HMTM Hannover Orchestra, Taejon Symphony Orchestra, Wonju Symphony Orchestra and KNUA Symphony Orchestra.
Chang completed his undergraduate studies at the Korea National University of Arts and successfully completed the Musical Performance and Postgraduate Program courses at the University of Music Drama and Media Hannover in Germany with Professor Vladimir Krainev and Ewa Kupiec. Currently, he resides in California after finishing his studies at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music under Professor Jeffrey Kahane.

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