Tessa Lark, Co-Host/Creative

Latest News

Tessa Lark joined From the Top’s new team of Co-Hosts and Creatives. Read more.


Meet Tessa

Tessa joins From the Top as Co-Host on Show 406, recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, Show 397, recorded in New York, New York, and  Show 376  from Boston, Massachusetts.

She is an alumna of From the Top, having appeared on Shows 93, 243 and 286.

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.

Recently, Tessa received the 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the Hunt Family Award, and a 2020 Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her recording of Michael Torke‘s Sky Concerto.

Follow her on Instagram @tessalark.


Listen to Tessa

Show 397, New York, NY
44 Duos for Violins, Mvmts 44, 28 and 35 by Béla Bartók

Show 397, New York, NY
Finale Songs My Mother Taught Me by Antonín Dvorák arr. by Fritz Kreisler

Show 376, Boston, MA
Cedar and Sage by Michael Thurber and Tessa Lark

Show 286, Cincinnati, OH
Serenade (Siciliano) for Three Violins and Piano by Joseph Hellmesberger Sr

Show 243, Jamaica Plain, MA
II. Molto adagio from String Quartet No.1 by George Walker

Show 93, Cincinnati, OH
The Starling Chamber Orchestra (with solo violinists Su Yeon Lee, 14; Tessa Lark, 14; Charles Yang, 15; and Jonathan Miron, 11), Symphonia Concertante by Ludwig Maurer