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MAY 3rd 2020 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

P. SCHARWENKA: PIANO QUINTET IN B MINOR OP 118
AMANDA MAIER: SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO IN B MINOR “US PREMIERE”
R. SCHUMANN: PIANO QUINTET IN E FLAT MAJOR OP 44
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Artists:

Serena MCKINNEY Violin
Violinist Serena McKinney leads a diverse musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.
She is the founding violinist of the internationally heralded Janaki String Trio, winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition,
and praised by the New Yorker and by the New York Times as exhibiting “irresistible electricity.” Since her solo debut at age twelve, she has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Canada with orchestras such as the Houston, Minnesota, and Cincinnati symphonies and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Ojai music festivals.

Ms. McKinney has performed under noted conductors, including James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, David Zinman, and John Adams, and has collaborated with artists such as Martin Chalifour, Menahem Pressler, Paul Katz, and with New York-based new music group Signal Ensemble and ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. McKinney is active in film scoring in Los Angeles, recording with composers such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer and Randy Newman, and performs as a substitute violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the LA Opera. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and The Colburn School. Ms. McKinney performs on a Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin, c. 1740.

.............................................................................................................................. 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, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and at the Salzburg Festival.

They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, IRCAM in Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Edinburgh Festival and the Mozarteum. The Quartet’s latest recording of works by Beethoven and Swedish composer, Anders Hillborg, will be released in 2019 on the Pentatone label. Moerschel is a Lecturer of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Paul Neubauer, Steven Tenenbaum, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott. He is also a very active studio session player in Los Angeles, and can be heard on countless television and major motion picture soundtracks. He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society in Chicago.
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.

.............................................................................................................................. Yoshika MASUDA Cello
Cellist YOSHIKA MASUDA is fast emerging as one of the most unique and versatile artists of his generation. Praised by the press for possessing a sound that is ‘ravishing’, ‘vibrant’ and ‘sensitive’, his recent Tokyo debut garnered critical acclaim. Yoshika has performed throughout his native Australia, Japan, the US and Europe in prestigious venues such as the Solitär at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Opera House in Sydney, the Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
As winner of national competitions in Australia, Japan and the US, he has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Juarez Symphony, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra, Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, North Queensland Symphony, USC Symphony and the YMF Debut Orchestra with conductors such as Sian Edwards, Nicholas Milton and Lucas Richman. His performances were broadcast on ABC Classic FM (Australia), BBC Radio 3 (UK), Klassik Radio (Germany) and Concertzender Radio (The Netherlands). In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Award.

Yoshika is an avid chamber musician and is a founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA, whose performances were recently described by the Los Angeles Times as ‘brilliant… superb.’ In recent years, Yoshika was invited to perform at the festivals of Aldeburgh and Leicester in the UK, Festival Amfiteatrof in Italy, Kirishima Music Festival in Japan, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music Mountain Chamber Festival and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in the USA.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoshika first started playing the cello at the age of five, but moved to Australia as a young child where he began his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He then studied extensively with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum, whilst also receiving close musical guidance from Thomas Demenga and David Geringas. Yoshika graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK with distinction and received the Principal’s Prize for outstanding achievement. He gained his DMA from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Yoshika was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at California Lutheran University in Los Angeles.
.............................................................................................................................. 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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