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October 16, 2016

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY

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Photo of violinist Tessa Lark

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Winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She has been consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility and musical elegance.

Ms. Lark was named the Silver Medalist of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, making her the highest-ranked American-born winner in the Competition’s history. She is a recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Other awards include the first prize in both the 2008 Irving Klein International Strings Competition and the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players; and top prizes in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as part of her piano trio, Modetre, and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2009.

At age 16, Lark was soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has since then performed concerti with the Louisville Orchestra; New Haven, Hawaii, Santa Fe, Indianapolis, Cheyenne, Santa Cruz, Westchester, Danville, Johnson City, Cape Ann, Midcoast, Victoria, Carmel, Melrose and Peninsula Symphonies; Gettysburg, Mission, Monadnock, Music City Cleveland, and New Juilliard Ensemble Chamber Orchestras; Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory's Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the school's Violin Concerto Competition in 2010 with the Walton Violin Concerto. Lark has given many solo recitals, including her Carnegie Hall debut recital in Weill Hall and other concerts for the San Francisco Performances series, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Classics series, Chamber Music Tulsa series, and the Caramoor Wednesday Morning Concert series.

A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Lark has been invited to many summer festivals including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, the Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop, and Music@Menlo. Tessa Lark is a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi and has participated in the Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Wadsworth Chamber Music series and Caramoor's Rising Star Series. She has collaborated with a long list of renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian and Ralph Kirshbaum. Tessa also participated in the 2012 Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute concert tour.

Tessa Lark started playing violin at age 6 studying with Cathy McGlasson. She joined the Starling Strings Program at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in 2001 and studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus. She entered the New England Conservatory in the fall of 2006 to begin studies with Miriam Fried and completed her Master’s degree in May 2012 under the tutelage of both Ms. Fried and Lucy Chapman. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Tessa has served on the faculty of the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and as resident faculty at Lee University School of Music. As a From the Top alumna, Ms. Lark plays an active role in their arts leadership program as a performer and educator. She currently holds a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program, studying with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ida Kavafian.

Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Tessa enjoys playing bluegrass and Appalachian music. She collaborated with Mark O'Connor on his CD MOC4, released in June 2014.

Ms. Lark plays the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivari violin on generous loan from the Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Visit her Web site at violinium.com to read more about Tessa Lark and to hear examples of her work.

 

October 16, 2016

Tessa Lark, violin
and
Renana Gutman, piano

Clara Schumann
3 Romances

Johannes Brahms
Sonata No. 3 in D minor


Intermission


Tessa Lark
Appalachian Suite/Tunes

Bela Bartok
6 Romanian Folk Dances

Edvard Grieg
Sonata No. 3 in C minor

Program subject to change.

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert catered by A Taste of Europe restaurant.

Thank you!” to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.


Praised by the New York Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman has performed across four continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. She played at venues like The Louvre Museum, (France), Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia (Russia), Stresa Music Festival (Italy), Ravinia Rising Stars (Chicago), Jordan Hall (Boston), Herbst Theatre (St. Francisco), Menuhin Hall (UK), UNISA (South Africa), Marlboro (VT), and Washington National Gallery.

Ms. Gutman's performances are heard frequently on WQXR Young Artists Showcase, NY, WFMT The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Chicago, and MPR Performance Today, MN.

A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai Internationl Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi” and the Mannes College Orchestra. Renana was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall, where she presented performances of “Hammerklavier” and “Appassionata” to critical acclaim. Her recording of Chopin etudes op.25 will be released in 2016.

Renana spent summers at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, members of the Guarneri quartet and clarinetist Anthony McGill. She toured with “Musicians from Marlboro” in series like People’s Symphony Concerts (NY), Gardener Museum (Boston) and Freer Gallery (Washington).

High in demand as a chamber musician, Renana serves as the staff collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, where she performs chamber music and lieder extensively. Her regular duo partners include violinists Alexi Kenney, InMo Yang, Yoojin Jang and Tessa Lark. Recently, she premiered a commissioned piece by composer Paul Schoenfield alongside violinist Miriam Fried. She has been touring with “Echoes of Hope” ensemble, which is dedicated to performing obscure pieces by Jewish composers who perished in the Holocaust.

From 2008-2010 Renana Gutman was on the piano faculty of the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the UK, as an assistant of prof. Marcel Baudet. She currently teaches at the 92nd Street Y and at Bard College Preparatory in NY.

A native of Israel, she started piano playing at the age of six. Soon after, she garnered multiple awards and honors, and became a recipient of America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship with distinction from 1992-2004, and later on of the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Scholarship.

Her most influential teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko in Israel, and Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Her musicianship teacher was the established Israeli composer Arie Shapira.

Renana Gutman became an American citizen in 2015 and makes her home in NYC.

Visit her Web site at renanagutman.com to read more about Ms. Gutman and to hear examples of her work.


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