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 her 2021-22 season include debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall; return appearances for recital series such as Cal Performances and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and numerous concerto engagements, including the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s violin concerto, Cycles of Life, with the Knoxville Symphony in April 2022. In 2020 she was nominated for a Grammy for her debut commercial recording—SKY, a bluegrass-inspired violin concerto written for her by Michael Torke with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Her newest recording, The Stradgrass Sessions, is scheduled for release in 2022 and includes collaborations with composer-performers Jon Batiste, Edgar Meyer, Michael Cleveland, and Sierra Hull; original works by Tessa; and the premier recording of John Corigliano’s solo violin composition STOMP. Ms. Lark plays a ca. 1600 G. P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.