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OCTOBER 6th 2019 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

W. MOZART: “DIVERTIMENTO” IN D MAJOR K 136 FOR STRING QUARTET
G.F. HAENDEL: SONATA IN G MINOR FOR TWO VIOLINS & PIANO OP 2 MO.7
J. HAYDN: STRING QUARTET N. 5 OP 64 IN D MAJOR “THE LARK”
L. BEETHOVEN: PIANO CONCERTO N.3 IN C MINOR OP 37 (ARRANGED FOR STRING QUINTET)

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Artists:

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.

.............................................................................................................................. Aubree OLIVERSON Violin
Twenty-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson is a charismatic performer and communicator who loves sharing the joys of music with people of all ages. The Miami New Times has raved about her “endearing and powerful performance, brimming with confidence and joy.
” Since her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age 11, Aubree has committed herself to the life of a performing artist. This commitment has garnered several accolades already at a young age, including her Carnegie Hall Weill Hall recital debut at age 12 as winner of the American Protégé International Strings Competition, several featured performances on NPR’s hit radio show From The Top, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Award, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on a high school student.

Aubree returned to the Utah Symphony at age 13 for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, and has since performed with many orchestras including the American Youth Symphony, Beach Cities Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, Colburn Orchestra, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, Millennial Choir and Orchestra, Pasadena Orchestra, Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, and the Innsbrook Festival Orchestra and the Topanga Symphony. Her performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Topanga Symphony was described as a “brilliant interpretation” and she “expressed the sophisticated passion of a serious artist.” In 2013, she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Joseph Silverstein with the Gifted Music School Orchestra. Aubree also enjoys playing chamber music and has performed in various settings around the world. She was a participant in the David Finckel/Wu Han Chamber Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she performed at the Prussia Cove IMS Masterclasses, where she was nominated to perform on the final concert, and the Music Masters course Japan chamber music seminar in Yokohama. She has collaborated with artists such as Stefan Jackiw and Robert McDuffie in Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and with Lynn Harrell, Andrew Marriner, and Clive Greensmith in Los Angeles as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society.

Passionate about reaching a broader audience, Aubree has traveled to over 100 schools throughout the Western United States, motivating and inspiring thousands of children to work hard and participate in music. In June 2018 she gave a masterclass and performance in Wuhan, China, and worked individually with over 30 young violinists. Aubree was the concertmaster of the Gifted Music School Orchestra of Salt Lake City, and graduated from the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles in 2016 where she was concertmaster of the Academy Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Also a national award-winning composer, Aubree was recognized twice by the New York Arts Ensemble as a “composer of great promise.”

Aubree is a former student of Debbie Moench, Eugene Watanabe, and Danielle Belen, and currently studies with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. She plays on a Stefano Scarampella violin dated 1920 on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California. Aubree enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, swimming, and dark chocolate.

.............................................................................................................................. Rob BROPHY Viola
Robert Brophy can be seen and heard playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera and many West Coast chamber music series. He is featured with Nigel Kennedy in a quartet for Kennedy’s new release Greatest Hits on theEMI label and has performed alongside Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Michel Dalberto and Dmitri Sitkovetsky. He won the viola audition with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in December 2011.
An advocate for new music and former member of the Ensō Quartet, Robert has worked with many leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Joan Tower, William Bolcom, Tan Dun and Bernard Rands. Of the Ensō Quartet’s concerts, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, “It was standing room only,” while The Strad applauded their “totally committed, imaginative interpretation.” The quartet earned its place in the ensemble world with multiple honors at the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition, including best performance of the pièce de concert, for the quartet’s riveting performance of Stewart Grant’s String Quartet No. 2. It also won awards at the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International, the Fischoff National Chamber Music and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs competitions. Robert can be heard on two recordings with the Ensō Quartet on the Naxos label,

In Los Angeles, Robert continues his quartet life as a member of the New Hollywood String Quartet, performing with them throughout the Southland for the last six years. This quartet recently became quartet-in-residence at South Pasadena Library’s Restoration Concert Series.
Robert holds degrees from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and Rice University, where he studied with James Dunham, formerly of the Cleveland Quartet. When not busy making music, he enjoys cooking, sailing and hiking with his German Shepherd, Sascha.

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Yoshika MASUDA Cello
Yoshika MASUDA is fast emerging as one of the most unique and versatile artists of his generation. The press recently described him as ‘a remarkable cellist who possesses the intellect and innate musicality, which combined with his solid technique, allows him to accurately interpret different styles of music. It is fair to say that he is one of the finest cellists of his generation’ (Chopin music magazine).

As the winner of national competitions in Australia, Japan and the US, Yoshika has performed throughout Australia, Japan, China, the US and much of western Europe in prestigious venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Opera House in Sydney, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. A keen advocate of contemporary music, Yoshika has given the US & world premieres of works by Toshio Hosokawa, Derrick Spiva Jr., Bent Sørensen, Nick Strimple and Jörg Widmann.
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 with Georg Pedersen 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 along with the Leonard Rose Cello Award for outstanding achievement. He gained his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music. Having previously taught at Loyola Marymount University, Yoshika is currently the Assistant Professor of Cello and Director of String Studies at California Lutheran University.

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Peter LLYOD Bass
A native of Philadelphia, Peter Lloyd is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Settlement Music School, having studied with Roger Scott and Eligio Rossi. Upon graduation from Curtis he immediately joined The Philadelphia Orchestra, remaining there for more than eight seasons before accepting the position of Principal Bass of The Minnesota Orchestra, a title he held from 1986 to 2007.
Throughout his career Mr. Lloyd has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Klaus Tennstedt, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Eugene Ormandy and James Levine. Mr. Lloyd’s orchestral career continues today, regularly appearing as principal bass with a variety of ensembles worldwide.

Having dedicated much of his career to the chamber music repertoire, Mr. Lloyd has performed with the Guarneri String Quartet, Jamie Laredo at The 92nd Street Y and for many years with members of the Budapest, Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard and Orion string quartets as well as the Beaux Arts Trio and the Penderecki, Miami, Miro, Brentano, Borromeo and Biava quartets. He has been a regular participant at The Marlboro School of Music, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest, Music From Angel Fire, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Boston Chamber Music Society, The Brandenburg Ensemble, BargeMusic in New York City and La Musica. His concerts with these groups have taken him throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Over the past three decades Mr. Lloyd has worked with many of the major recording labels, having participated in dozens of recordings with RCA, EMI, Sony, Telarc, Virgin Classical, BIS, and Reference Recordings.
In addition to his concert schedule, Mr. Lloyd maintains an active teaching career. He is a regular visitor to many of the leading music schools in the United States, giving master classes, lectures and recitals at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Manhattan School of Music, The Mannes School, Indiana University, The Peabody Conservatory, The Chautauqua Institute, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and many others. He serves as an annual coach at The New York String Orchestra Seminar held at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jamie Laredo, is a regular visiting teacher at The New World Symphony and has been invited to teach and perform in China at The Guangzhou International Music Academy under the direction of Charles Dutoit and The Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Mr. Lloyd is currently a member of the faculty at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Indiana University and has served as a member of the board of directors for The International Society of Bassists.

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Vijay VENKATESH Piano
Hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his “dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years,” pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been recognized as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership.
​ Highlights of his 2018-19 season consists of a debut with maestro Jeffrey Kahane and the Sarasota Orchestra in Saint-Saens 2nd, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Joshua Harper and the IU Symphony and Chorale, Schumann with Michael Repper and the Northern Neck Orchestra, Grieg with Frank Fetta and the Redlands Symphony, Beethoven 3rd with Le Salon de Musiques in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and a debut in Germany and tour of the Pacific Northwest and China as Vieness Piano Duo with Eva Schaumkell.  He has appeared extensively across the United States and Europe as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Vienna, Sarasota, Roanoke, USC Thornton, Pasadena, and more.

He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Jeffrey Kahane, Ludovic Morlot, and David Lockington. ​ Winner of Grand Prizes in the 2015 Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition and 2008 Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, he was honored as a 2008 Davidson Fellow at the Library of Congress. A 2009 alumnus of NPR’s “From the Top”, he took Gold Medals in the 2011 Zimmerli International Solo Piano Competition and 2004 San Jose International Piano Competition. He has performed on the Dame Myra Hess concert series in Chicago and as guest artist at the Aspen, Brevard, Banff, Vienna, Sarasota, and Newport Music Festivals. ​ ..............................................................................................................................
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