Tessa Lark, violin

Violinist 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 an 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, 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, as well as multiple performances of Michael Torke’s bluegrass-inspired concerto SKY. In 2020 she was nominated for a Grammy for her recording of that work with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Additional recordings include a fantasia-themed solo album that includes Ms. Lark’s own Appalachian Fantasy; a debut album of the violin-bass duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber; and The Stradgrass Sessions, a forthcoming collaboration with bassist Edgar Meyer, pianist Jon Batiste, fiddler Michael Cleveland, and mandolinist Sierra Hull that is due out in Fall 2021. Ms. Lark plays a ca. 1600 G. P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.