Tessa Lark, violin
Renana Gutman, piano
Saturday, January 12
FREE to SF Performances subscribers and donors
Tessa Lark performs Faure’s Sonata for Violin and Piano
YSAŸE: Sonata No. 4 in E minor, Opus 27
BARTÓK: Sonata No. 1, Sz 75
MENDELSSOHN: Sonata in F Major
DEBUSSY: Clair de lune
WIENIAWSKI: Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 15
PONCE (arr. HEIFETZ): Estrellita
TRAD: Bowing the Strings
About This Performance
As part of San Francisco Performances’ tradition of presenting the winner of the prestigious Naumburg Competition, the 2012 winner, violinist Tessa Lark, performs in her San Francisco debut at the Herbst Theatre with pianist Renana Gutman. Lark, a native of Kentucky and equally adept at playing the fiddle and violin, “brings a distinctively American perspective to the classical music table” [WQRX]. By the age of 23, she was a featured soloist at the Forbidden City Concert Hall with the Beijing Symphony, a featured soloist at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in November, 2005, and has won numerous prestigious awards in addition to the Naumburg Competition. Tessa holds BM and MM degrees in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), Boston, where she studied from 2006–2012.
The presentation of the Naumburg Competition winner is sponsored by Dr. Yanek Chiu and Mr. Sin-Tung Chiu in fond memory of their parents, Bella and P.P. Chiu and with generous support from George and Marie Hecksher and Roger and Satomi Miles.
Tessa Lark was born and raised in Kentucky and started playing the violin at age six, studying with Cathy McGlasson. At age eleven, she began six years of violin studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) through the Starling Preparatory String Project. Through June 2006, Tessa was concertmaster of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at CCM, and with them toured southern China in 2001; performed with them at Aspen in 2002 and 2004; performed with them in Germany, Austria, Russia in 2003 and in London in 2004. Tessa has also played with Narrow Road, a Kentucky Gospel Bluegrass Band. As a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, she was Assistant Concertmaster for the Concert Orchestra and a member of Symphony through the Spring of 2002. Tessa was Concertmaster at the Foster Music Camp at Eastern Kentucky University, attended the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp near Nashville in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006, attended the Aspen Music School on a New Horizon Fellowship in 2004 and was a scholarship student at the Great Wall Academy in 2005. Tessa is featured in several instructional and performance videos on violinmasterclass.com, and has performed twice on the public radio program, From The Top. She was a featured soloist at the Forbidden City Concert Hall with the Beijing Symphony, and was a featured soloist at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in November, 2005. She performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra in 2006, the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Peninsula Symphony in 2009 and the Tchaikovsky and Walton Violin Concertos with the Santa Cruz Symphony and NEC Symphony, respectively, in 2010.
During the summers of 2007 and 2008, Ms. Lark was performer in residence at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Music Festival, Chicago. In the summer of 2009, she played in the finale week of Music in the Vinyards in California and was in residence at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont in 2009–11.
In 2006, Ms. Lark won First Place in the Johansen International Strings Competition in Washington, D.C. and in 2008, she won First Place at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. She was the top American prize winner at the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and in 2012 won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York. Tessa Lark holds BM and MM degrees in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), Boston, where she studied from 2006–2012 with Miriam Fried, Lucy Chapman and Paul Biss.