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Tessa Lark, Violin


Tessa Lark, Violin


Tessa Lark, 21, (2011) has performed worldwide as a violin soloist. Through June 2006, Tessa was concertmaster of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), toured southern China with them in 2001, performed with them at Aspen in 2002 and 2004, and performed with them in Germany, Austria, and Russia in 2003 and in London in 2004. Since September 2006, Tessa has been studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory (NEC), Boston, majoring in violin perfmormance. Since 2010 Tessa has been studying with both Ms. Fried and Lucy Chapman at NEC.

Tessa started playing violin at age 6, studying with Cathy McGlasson. At age 11, Tessa began 6 years of violin studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus at CCM through the Starling Preparatory String Project.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 Spring 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, and has performed 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. Tessa 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 wtih 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, Tessa played in the finale week of Music in the Vinyards in California and was was in residence at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont in 2009 and 2010.

In March, 2006, Tessa won First Place in the Johansen International Strings Competition in Washington, D.C., and in June 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.

Ms. Lark currently plays the 1675 Tononi violin on loan to her from the Steans Institute for Young Artists.

Performances by Tessa Lark

Composer Title Date Action
Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin in E-flat Major, Op. 18 12/01/2011 Play Add to playlist
Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin in E-flat Major, Op. 18 01/15/2009 Play Add to playlist
Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 01/10/2012 Play Add to playlist
Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F Major 01/12/2012 Play Add to playlist
Felix Mendelssohn Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 02/13/2012 Play Add to playlist
Antonin Dvořák Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 02/03/2012 Play Add to playlist
César Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, M. 8 12/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Anton Arensky String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 35 12/12/2011 Play Add to playlist
Henri Dutilleux String Quartet Ainsi la nuit 12/08/2011 Play Add to playlist
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata No. 19 for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, K 302 01/22/2009 Play Add to playlist

Tessa Lark Concerts

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