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MAY 6th 2018 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

A.DVORAK: “GYSPY SONGS” OP 55 FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
D.PEJACEVIC: PIANO QUARTET IN D MINOR OP 25 “US PREMIERE”
A.DVORAK: ROMANCE FOR VIOLIN & PIANO IN F MAJOR OP 11
A.DVORAK: PIANO QUARTET N.2 IN E FLAT MAJOR OP 87

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Artists:

Elissa JOHNSTON Soprano
Hailed by Musical America for “her voice pure and ethereal, her expression embracing and heartfelt”, Elissa Johnston has appeared in a wide range of repertory. Her orchestral engagements include appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, San Francisco Contemporary Players and the Pasadena Symphony. Elissa’s performances in the 2010/11 season include Haydn’s Creation with The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1916 with Jacaranda Music, Bach Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah with the Telemann Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, the American premiere of Him Sophy’s The Fall of Angkor with Southwest Chamber Music, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Britten’s The Poet’s Echo with Dilijan Music, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with Jacaranda Music and Schumann songs with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on their West Side Connections concert series at the Broad Stage. Recent highlights include Messiaen’s Harawi with pianist Vicki Ray at Jacaranda Music and Pianospheres, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Helmuth Rilling at the USC Thornton School of Music’s 125th Anniversary celebration, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations concerts led by Monica Huggett, music of Couperín with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society led by Thomas Adès, and Brahms Requiem with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other recent appearances include Handel’s Radamisto with Musica Angelica, Bach solo cantatas 184 and 202 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Denali String Quartet. Elissa appeared in the acclaimed world premiere of SPIRAL XII by Chinary Ung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Previously she sang the world premiere of Aura by Mr. Ung with Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music. She subsequently recorded Aura with SWCM and toured with the ensemble in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Elissa has performed numerous times with the L.A. Philharmonic’s New Music Group, both in Los Angeles and at the Ojai Festival, with conductors Tan Dun, David Zinman, Daniel Harding and Steven Stucky. She made her Lincoln Center debut singing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with the New York City Ballet and was subsequently invited back to premiere Morgen!, a set of 10 orchestral songs by Richard Strauss choreographed by Peter Martins. Elissa also appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s Copland Festival and Lincoln Center’s Stravinsky Festival. Her recital appearances include programs at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and at the Aspen Festival’s Winter Music Series with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Elissa can also be heard on dozens of film soundtracks. She is the featured vocal soloist in Serenata Schizophrana by Danny Elfman which was released on the Sony Classical label and featured on the IMAX release Deep Sea 3D.

.............................................................................................................................. Tereza STANISLAV Violin
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007), Bruce Adolphe’s Oceanophony (2003), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (2009) and the West Coast premieres of Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She is featured on a new recording of the Wolfgang on Albany Records and the Reich on Nonesuch label.

Tereza holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University where she studied with Miriam Fried, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School where her teachers were Robert Mann and Felix Galimir. As Concertmaster of the Festival Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence in 1999, she received intensive orchestral and chamber music coaching from the late Isaac Stern. Tereza also completed quartet residencies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of the Vermeer Quartet and at Rice University.

Tereza enjoys participating in educational outreach and has collaborated with educator Robert Kapilow of NPR’s program, “What Makes It Great?” and musicologist Robert Winter of UCLA.

Tereza was invited to perform at the 2002 G-8 World Summit held in Kananaskis, Canada where she performed for Presidents Jacques Chirac and George W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien.

In 2000, Tereza was awarded the highest grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the category for Professional Musicians (Individuals) in Classical Music.

She is active in the film scoring industry in Los Angeles and in 2009, co-created the new music series, In Frequency.

.............................................................................................................................. 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, and Aaron Jay Kernis. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre. They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mozarteum. Upcoming appearances include the continuation of a three year cycle of the complete Beethoven String Quartets at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage, Ojai Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, IRCAM in Paris and the Salzburg Festival. Moerschel is an Adjunct Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank and Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott.

He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
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.

.............................................................................................................................. Eric BYERS Cello
Called “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, and composer. He has appeared on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, and Esterházy Palace. Recognized with top prizes at many competitions, Byers made his solo debut at age 18 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron, he worked with Ronald Leonard at USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory. He received an Artist Diploma from Juilliard.
Recent solo performances include works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Andrew Norman, Mark Grey, Christine Southworth, Jacob Cooper, Caroline Shaw, Alberto Ginastera, and J.S. Bach. A recent performance of ‘Lieux retrouvés’ by Thomas Adès with Gloria Cheng was called ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Byers also performs his own compositions for cello and electronics alongside other works. After a 2013 composition retreat at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house in Joshua Tree, Byers began to write for other ensembles as well. Sybarite5 has performed Byers’ music in venues throughout the US including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His most recent composition is a Bach-inspired Sarabande for Sybarite5 premiered in New York in 2016.
Byers is a member of the Calder Quartet which was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2014. The group performs the work of today’s most exciting emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. The quartet was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for their innovation in music programming. Recent recordings include Mozart Piano Concerti with Anne-Marie McDermott (2013), the chamber works of Thomas Adès (2015), and a collection of new quartets by a dozen emerging composers called Eclectic Currents (2016).
Byers has also performed with many of today’s revered artists including Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and guitarist Sharon Isben.
His teaching has included masterclasses and coachings at Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, and UCLA and a prior teaching residency at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Byers performs on a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris ca.1855. He is an avid rock climber in his spare time.

.............................................................................................................................. Inna FALIKS Piano
“Adventurous and passionate” ( The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks recently relocated from NYC to Los Angeles, after being named the new Associate Professor of Piano at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where she also is Head of Piano. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Critics call her “A concert pianist of the highest order” (Chicago WTTW), praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “remarkable insight” (Audiophile audition) “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture.) Her October 2014 all-Beethoven CD release on MSR classics is drawing rave reviews: the disc’s preview on on WTTW called Faliks “High priestess of the piano, pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.” Her previous, critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library. Recording projects in the works include a Chopin solo and cello sonatas recording with cellist Wendy Warner, and a disc of commissioned piano works for her poetry-music series, Music/Words, with music of Clarice Assad, Ljova Zhurbin, and other young composers.

Ms. Faliks’s distinguished career has taken her to thousands of recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the US as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, and Russia. She has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT and many international television broadcasts, and has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in many important festivals such as Verbier, Portland International, Music in the Mountains, Brevard, Taos, IKIF at Mannes, Bargemusic, and Chautauqua. She recently co-starred with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling” ,a play for pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. She has played concerti under the batons of many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, Edward Polochick, Daniel Meyer, Victor Yampolsky, and many others. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Fred Sherry, Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Clive Greensmith, Nina Beilina and others. Her recent engagements included Newport Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, a tour of Canada, return engagements in Salle Cortot in Paris, with Minnesota Sinfonia, and a Prokofiev Concerti marathon at the Peninsula Festival in Door County, where she played the 1st and 3rd Prokofiev concerti in the same half of the program. Last season, her performances included recital and chamber music debuts in China and Israel, an acclaimed debut in the prestigious Fazioli Concert Hall Series in Italy, chamber music performances in the Broad Stage Santa Monica and Zipper Hall in LA, and the Ebell of Los Angeles.

Her 15-16 season engagements include a debut in the Festival Intenacional de Piano in Mexico, Rachmaninoff concerto with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Greensboro Symphony, Daniel Meyer and the Erie Symphony, a return to Broad Stage Santa Monica, and her debut at the Jacaranda series in Los Angeles.
Faliks is the founder and curator of the of the LMCC award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words, creating performances in collaboration with distinguished poets – www.musicwordsnyc.com . This poetry-music series goes into its 8th NYC season, and has been described as “surreal, impactful, and relevant” (Lucid Culture). Her long standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to yearly broadcasts of Music/Words, which she produces. Music/Words has also been seen in Pianoforte Chicago in collaboration with Poetry Foundation, at Royce Hall at UCLA, with the best selling Russian poet Vera Pavlova, and in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, Brooklyn Public Library, and Distinguished Artists Series in Santa Cruz.

Faliks’ is equally at home with standard repertoire, rare and new music. She has premiered 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, variations by acclaimed contemporary composers, on Bach’s Aria, at LACMA, Los Angeles; she gave the New York premiere of the work at Bargemusic and the Chicago premiere on WFMT radio. Ms. Faliks performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak, presenting his music at lecture recitals in conjunction with the University of Chicago. At the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, she presented “Three Jewish Composers – Three Centuries”, giving the North American premiere of Ilya Levinson’s Shtetle Suite and the world premiere of Lev Ljova Zhurbin’s Sirota for piano and historical recording, written for her. She went on to create a one-woman show, including Jewish composers and her own essays, performing at Baruch Performance Center’s “Solo in the City - Jewish Women,Jewish Stars” Festival in NYC. She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competition and the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005. Her teachers included Leon Fleisher, Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, and Emilio del Rosario. .............................................................................................................................. François CHOUCHAN Piano
French/American pianist/melodist François Chouchan is no stranger to awards and fame. From the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier) to the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, his outstanding talent has been recognized all over Europe. Not only has Chouchan performed as a soloist with orchestras and Chamber Music groups in many countries, but he has also been invited to play during Master Classes by several superior Talents such as M. Rostropovitch, Nikita Magaloff, G.Sebok or Magda Tagliaferro, who all acknowledged his unique sensitivity and creativity.

In Los Angeles, where Chouchan has resided since 2007, he has performed at the LACMA Museum for the “Sundays Live Series”, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge (with the Music Guild). He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall and at the Brandeis Institute, and for the Ermitage Foundation.

Chouchan’s deep musical sensibilities. his passion, perseverance and open mind are recognized by professionals and spectators alike who regard him as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician. He offers a “hip” approach to the classic music and his easy-going attitude and fresh approach to the genre has earned him the affection of fans of all ages, helping develop a younger audience for the art of Chamber Music.

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