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July 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
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Alyssa Park, violin
Alyssa Park established an enviable international reputation at age sixteen for being the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. In addition to being awarded the bronze medal in 1990, she was also honored by the jury for being the most promising talent, most artistic performer, and for displaying the best mastery of the instrument.
Alyssa Park has made numerous recital and orchestral appearances in this country since her professional debut at age eleven with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Her New York City debut recital in 1991 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was critically acclaimed by The New York Times for “an unusually strong technique and a youthful sense of music making.” Other notable recital credits include the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Star Series, Kennedy Center Recital Series, Oregon Bach Festival, and Rockefeller University in New York City. She has performed with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Louisville, San Jose, Austin, Knoxville, Annapolis, New Orleans, as well as the Florida West Coast Symphony, among others.
Ms. Park made her European debut in 1991 with Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has made appearances with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and Austrian Radio Symphony at Vienna’s Musikverein. Ms. Park has toured Germany with the Bamberg Symphony orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, and to Spain, Switzerland, and Austria with the Cincinnati Symphony.
Ms. Park also gave the premiere performance in Poland of Krzysztof Penderecki’s second violin concerto with the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by the composer. She also appeared as soloist with the orchestras of Sydney, Adelaide, and Tasmania, Australia in addition to her European activities which included the Barcelona Orchestra with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with Marcello Viotti, and the Hamburg Philharmonic.
Ms. Park’s recent seasons included performances in Asia with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, and the Singapore Symphony. She was also featured with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony, Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie, and the Munich Philharmonic. She also made her debut at Italy’s Ravello Festival and Holland’s Royal Concertgebouw.
An avid chamber musician as well, Ms. Park has been a frequent guest at major festivals in Germany, including Ludwisburg and Schleswig-Holstein, where she played with world-renowned pianist Martha Argerich. She has also appeared at the Weilburg, Passau, and Frankfurt summer festivals, and at other leading international music festivals, including Montpellier, France, Brahms festival in Madrid, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Prague Summer Festival, and Oregon Festival of American Music.
She is also a founding member of the Lyris Quartet, a new Los Angeles based string quartet who is the ensemble in residence at the highly acclaimed Jacaranda Series in Santa Monica. An advocate of new music, Lyris Quartet is the founding ensemble for the Hear Now New Music Festival in Venice.
Alyssa Park was a winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s concerto competition in 1988, and returned in 1996 to teach. Ms. Park was a student at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Her teachers were Kurt Sassmanshaus and Dorothy DeLay. In addition to an active performance career, Ms. Park was a Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Oregon.
Ms. Park has released two CD’s under the ARS label in Germany. Last year she also recorded a violin concerto by Paul Chihara for Albany records and the string quartets of Gerard Schurmann for Toccata Classics/Naxos.
Timothy Loo, cello
Cellist Timothy Loo joined the Lyris Quartet in 2008. A passionate chamber musician, he founded his first quartet, the Denali Quartet, in 1999 while pursuing his Advanced Studies in Cello with Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Denali quartet, he participated in masterclasses with the Julliard, Vermeer, and Takacs Quartets. In 1999, Mr. Loo co-founded Mladi, Los Angeles’ conductorless chamber orchestra. He performed with this group until 2008.
Mr. Loo has performed in the masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Leonard, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Franz Helmerson, and Bernhard Greenhouse. Mr. Loo has won positions in both Philharmonie der Nationen in Hamburg, Germany, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and New West Symphony.
He has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale and is currently the principal cellist of the Long Beach Opera Orchestra.
Delores Stevens, piano
A pianist whose professional career has shined with many facets, Delores Stevens achieved early success by winning the coveted Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena California and recently she received the “Living Legacy Award” from the Young Musician’s Foundation in ceremonies at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. As a member of the acclaimed Montagnana Trio, she gave more than 500 concerts throughout Europe and North America. Delores Stevens has received many accolades for her inspired performances of contemporary music. For example, a Los Angeles Times music critic described her collaboration with violinist Paul Zukovsky as “…the definitive performance.” And Newsweek’s Alan Rich wrote, “She tamed (this) energetic, unruly, immensely challenging music with splendid technique… All of her program demonstrated her special mastery.” At home on the international concert stage, Delores Stevens toured Japan twice in the 90’s; one of which was under the auspices of the US State Department and recently she has performed in Australia and South America. She has recorded for 16 different record labels in all genres of music from Hindemith to Mozart, and her solo piano CD recording Pilgrimage is available on the Dominguez Digital label. Always a tireless champion of new music, she has commissioned and premiered works by more than two dozen composers and has been winner of the prestigious Performer Award from the National Association of Composers. In addition, in 1988 she was awarded a 6-year Touring Solo Artist Grant from the California Arts Council. Delores Stevens has served six terms as governor and trustee of the “Grammy” sponsor Recording Academy in Los Angeles and has been Director of the Chamber Music Program for the Young Musician’s Foundation for the last two decades. (She has served MVCMS as Artistic Director since its inception 45 years ago)