Tessa Lark, violin
Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 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. In 2017 she appeared on Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series, and she has performed at such venues as Ravinia, Caramoor, Marlboro Music, the Concertgebouw, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Australia’s Musica Viva Festival, San Francisco Performances, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Chamber Music Tulsa, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include debuts with the Indianapolis and Seattle symphonies, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Great Performers series, as well as multiple performances of Sky, a bluegrass-inspired concerto by Michael Torke that she premiered and recorded with the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra. Additional planned recordings include a fantasia-themed album that will include Ms. Lark’s own Appalachian Fantasy; a debut album of the violin-bass duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber; and a genre-bending disc in collaboration with such artists as multi-instrumentalist/composer Jon Batiste and American fiddling legend Michael Cleveland. Ms. Lark plays a ca. 1600 G. P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.