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OCTOBER 4th 2020 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

W. MOZART: PIANO QUARTET N.2 IN E FLAT MAJOR K 493
F. HAENDEL- HALVORSEN: “SARABANDE WITH VARIATIONS” FOR VIOLIN & VIOLA
G. ROSSINI: SONATA N.3 IN C MAJOR FOR STRING QUARTET
L. BEETHOVEN: PIANO CONCERTO N.4 IN G MINOR OP 58
(Arranged for string quintet by Vinzenz Lachner)

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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.

.............................................................................................................................. Ambroise AUBRUN Violin
French violinist Ambroise Aubrun, Assistant Professor of Violin at UNLV, was describe as a performer with a “marvelous ease, suppleness and beauty of sound” (A. Busser, Nice-Matin). Dr. Aubrun has performed extensively in Europe and North America in halls such as Salzburg Haus Fuer Mozart, Yerevan Khachaturian Grand Hall, Los Angeles Broad Stage, Zipper Hall and Paris Hotel des Invalides.
Winner of the Charles Oulmont Prize of the Fondation de France and laureate of the Langart Foundation, Aubrun has appeared as a soloist in the Sibelius, Joachim, Weinberg and Bruch Concertos, and has performed alongside such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, David Bismuth, Guillaume Sutre, Scott St. John, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, Carrie Dennis as well as the Borroméo and Ebène string quartets.
A proponent of contemporary music, Aubrun has premiered over 20 works.

In 2018, he released his first album “Romance de Guerre” alongside pianist Steven Vanhauwaert with the Hortus label, to critical acclaim.
Prior to his appointment at UNLV, Aubrun held teaching positions at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and UC Santa Barbara. He plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin on a generous loan from 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.

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Yoshika MASUDA Cello
Cellist 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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Geoff OSIKA Double Bass
Geoff Osika credits his musical training to three men: his father David, a fine trumpeter and music teacher who indicated that in order to be taken seriously as a musician the 15-year old would have to do more than just play in a rock band; John Schaeffer, former principal bass of the New York Philharmonic, who in two and a half years’ time conditioned the young bassist to gain acceptance at both the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music; and Roger Scott, former principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who opened the methodical bassist’s ears to a deeper understanding of orchestral playing and repertoire.
After Curtis, Geoff embarked on several years of full-time orchestral jobs. From 1992 to 2003 he held positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galícia in Spain, and the Oregon Symphony. From each place he took with him a wealth of musical and life experiences.

Since settling in Los Angeles, Geoff has enjoyed the mysteries and rewards of freelancing, having performed as a substitute with the L.A. Opera, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. He continues to perform the orchestral repertoire on a regular basis, being the principal bass of the Riverside Philharmonic and the Long Beach Symphony.
Geoff is also part of the recording industry in Los Angeles having played for motion picture and video games. In the summers, he is the dedicated bass player for the Pageant of the Masters, the unique annual tradition in Laguna Beach.

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Victor SHLYAKHTENKO Piano
Hailed by the LA Opus for his “formidable display of pianism” and “impeccable clarity,” Victor Shlyakhtenko has appeared with ten orchestras in the US, soloed on the stages of Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall, and recently performed Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

He has received first prizes in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Music Center’s Spotlight Competition, Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition and the Glendale Piano Competition, among others. Victor made his concerto debut at the age of 12, performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 with the Orange County Symphony.
Since then, he has performed with orchestras in the US and abroad, playing concerti by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Victor has been awarded a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for four years and was a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation from 2018-2020.
Victor is deeply grateful to his music teachers, Fabio Bidini (piano) and Maxim Eshkenazy (conducting) for their guidance and support. Victor intends to pursue a double major in piano performance and orchestral conducting.

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