Tessa Lark, guest host
Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time. A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at sixteen, Ms. Lark has appeared with dozens of orchestras, festivals, and recital venues which include Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, San Francisco Performances, Marlboro Music, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Australia’s Musica Viva Festival. Recent and upcoming highlights include debuts with the Seattle and Indianapolis symphonies and the Buffalo and Rochester philharmonics. In January 2019, she made her debut with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of SKY, a bluegrass-inspired violin concerto written for her by Michael Torke, and since then she has performed the work with numerous other orchestras. Ms. Lark is a graduate of New England Conservatory with an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. She plays a ca.1600 G.P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Show 286 bio:
Tessa Lark (violin), recently appeared on Show 286 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Check out this great video of Tessa and fellow From the Top alums working with students in Rowan County, Kentucky, after the show.
Tessa Lark appeared on From the Top twice before, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2003 and then in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2011. She started playing violin at age 6, studying with Cathy McGlasson. At age 11, Tessa began 6 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, 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. A graduate of New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied from 2006-2012 with Miriam Fried, Lucy Chapman, and Paul Biss. Recent awards include top prize at the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and in 2012 she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York. Tessa has also played with Narrow Road, a Kentucky Gospel Bluegrass Band.