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DECEMBER 2, 2018 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

C. SCHUMANN: SIX SONGS OP 13 FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
R. SCHUMANN: PIANO QUARTET IN E FLAT MAJOR OP 47
G. SCHUMANN: PIANO QUARTET IN F MINOR OP 29 “US PREMIERE”

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Artists:

Elissa JOHNSTON Soprano
Hailed by Musical America for “her voice pure and ethereal, her expression embracing and heartfelt”, Elissa Johnston has appeared in a wide range of repertory. Her orchestral engagements include appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, San Francisco Contemporary Players and the Pasadena Symphony. Elissa’s performances in the 2010/11 season include Haydn’s Creation with The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1916 with Jacaranda Music, Bach Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah with the Telemann Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, the American premiere of Him Sophy’s The Fall of Angkor with Southwest Chamber Music, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Britten’s The Poet’s Echo with Dilijan Music, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with Jacaranda Music and Schumann songs with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on their West Side Connections concert series at the Broad Stage. Recent highlights include Messiaen’s Harawi with pianist Vicki Ray at Jacaranda Music and Pianospheres, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Helmuth Rilling at the USC Thornton School of Music’s 125th Anniversary celebration, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations concerts led by Monica Huggett, music of Couperín with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society led by Thomas Adès, and Brahms Requiem with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other recent appearances include Handel’s Radamisto with Musica Angelica, Bach solo cantatas 184 and 202 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Denali String Quartet. Elissa appeared in the acclaimed world premiere of SPIRAL XII by Chinary Ung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Previously she sang the world premiere of Aura by Mr. Ung with Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music. She subsequently recorded Aura with SWCM and toured with the ensemble in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Elissa has performed numerous times with the L.A. Philharmonic’s New Music Group, both in Los Angeles and at the Ojai Festival, with conductors Tan Dun, David Zinman, Daniel Harding and Steven Stucky. She made her Lincoln Center debut singing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with the New York City Ballet and was subsequently invited back to premiere Morgen!, a set of 10 orchestral songs by Richard Strauss choreographed by Peter Martins. Elissa also appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s Copland Festival and Lincoln Center’s Stravinsky Festival. Her recital appearances include programs at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and at the Aspen Festival’s Winter Music Series with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Elissa can also be heard on dozens of film soundtracks. She is the featured vocal soloist in Serenata Schizophrana by Danny Elfman which was released on the Sony Classical label and featured on the IMAX release Deep Sea 3D.

.............................................................................................................................. Ambroise AUBRUN Violin
French violinist Ambroise Aubrun has been described as a performer with “marvelous ease, suppleness and beauty of sound” (Nice-Matin).

Ambroise began his musical studies at age 4 at the Nice conservatoire. At age 12, he won his first competition (Vatelot). The following year, he was unanimously awarded First Prize at the “Mouans Sartoux” competition. These awards gave him the opportunity to perform all over France.

At age 14, Ambroise obtained the First Prize Magna cum Laude at the Nice National Conservatory with Professor Daniel Lagarde and Jean-Claude Abraham, the First Prize in Chamber Music as well as in Baroque-music, and received the “Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales”.
The following year, he joined the studio of Roland Daugareil at the Paris National Superior Conservatory (CNSMDP) where he also studied with Serge Pataud. Ambroise was only 19 when he graduated from the CNSMDP with a First Prize as well as the “Diplôme de Formation Supérieur”.

Upon graduating, he enrolled in a perfectionement program at the Paris Conservatory (CNR) under the tutelage of Suzane Gessner, and in the string quartet program at the CNSMDP with Professor Marc Coppey. His passion for chamber music led him to perform alongside such artists as Guillaume Sutre, Fred Sherry, Antonio Lysy, Movses Pogossian, Richard O’Neill, Clive Greensmith, Rohan de Saram, Inna Faliks and Amaury Coeytaux.
In 2011, he co-created the LaMi quartet with whom he was a finalist at the Chesapeake and Coleman international chamber music competitions.

Since his recital debut at age 14, Ambroise has been invited to several festivals such as “Le Cercle musical” (Cannes, France), the “Festival de Loudun”, “Les Rencontres de Saint-Cezaire”, the “Dilijan Chamber Music Serie” (Zipper Hall, Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia), the “Incontri in terra di Sienna” (Italy) and the Banff festival (Canada).

He has participated in various master-classes held by Augustin Dumay, Peter Croper, Mauricio Fuks, Michael Frishenshlager, Ani Kavafian, Christophe Horak, Martin Chalifour, Stuart Canin, and Midori Goto.

Laureate of several competitions (3rd prize at the “Flame” international competition in Paris, winner of the “Award Kent” concerto competition and the “All star” competition, finalist of the “San Angelo” international competition) Ambroise has soloed with the UCLA Philharmonia and Symphony orchestras (Sibelius and Bruch Concertos, Bartok Rhapsody No.1).

Ambroise obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at UCLA under Professor Guillaume Sutre.
He had the honour to be nominated teaching associate for the strings at UCLA for the year 2012-2013, and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, as Martin Beaver’s only student.

Ambroise plays a Matteo Goffriller violin, on a generous loan by the Langart foundation.

.............................................................................................................................. Tanner MENEES Viola
Tanner Menees performs the viola largely in a chamber music setting. Mr. Menees has collaborated in chamber music performances with notable artists such as Martin Beaver, Miriam Fried, Clive Greensmith, Richie Hawley, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, and Ronald Leonard.
His summers have taken him to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Menuhin Festival String Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and McGill International String Quartet Academy. Mr. Menees also performed on Ravinia’s annual tour in 2017, which performed at venues in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Stamford. Mr. Menees is also a part of the Los Angeles Ensemble, a piano quartet based in LA.

He has served as principal viola for the Colburn Orchestra under the batons of Yehuda Gilad, Sir Neville Marriner, and Robert Spano. In the 2015-16 concert season, he performed as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra under maestro Thierry Fischer. Tanner Menees is an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, where he also received his Bachelor of Music degree.

.............................................................................................................................. Juliette HERLIN-GIRET Cello
Recognized as one of the most promising French cellists of her generation, Juliette Herlin has performed throughout Europe, the U.S and Asia. As a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist, she has appeared in such prestigious venues as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Cité de la Musique, the Musée du Louvre, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall in New York as well as at the Minsk Philharmony, in Belarus.
An avid chamber musician, she has shared the stage with Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow, Gérard Caussé, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Roger Tapping, Martin Chalifour, Romain Guyot, Amaury Coeytaux (Modigliani Quartet), and Jérôme Ducros. She is a founding member of the Aletheia Piano Trio with violinist Francesca dePasquale and pianist Fei-Fei Dong. Formed at the Juilliard School, the Aletheia Piano Trio is quickly risen to acclaim. Highlights of previous seasons include performances at the Kennedy Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Society, St. Vincent College Concert Series, Ukrainian Institute, Shandelee Music Festival.

Highlights of next season include her Korean Debut with a performance of Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Gustav Malher Orchestra at the Busan Maru International Music Festival (South Korea), a China Tour with the Aletheia Piano Trio, as well as performances at the Reading Chamber Music Society, Concerts in the Barn (WA), Macon Concert Association (GA) and Beacon Hill Concerts (PA).
Juliette has had the chance of working closely with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Robert Levin, Ida Kavafian, David Finckel, and Joseph Kalichstein. She has been invited to Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Music Academy of the West , Encuentro de Santander (Spain), the Festival Pablo Casals (France), the International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), and, among others, the Festival Jeunes Talents. She has taken part in master classes given by Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Torleif Thedeen, Natalia Gutman, Lawrence Lesser, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, and Troels Svane. Winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Competition, Juliette is also the recipient of first prizes at the International Vatelot/Rampal Music Competition and the UFAM Competition in Paris as well as a Beverly Hills National Auditions winner. She has been awarded the Grunin Prize as well as grants from the “Fondation Safran pour la Musique” and the ADAMI. In France, Juliette has performed several times as a soloist with the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, and with the Orchestre des Etudiants du CNSMDP under the direction of Maxime Pascal. She has been featured on the “Performance Today” broadcast as well as many times on “France Musique”, France’s National classical music station.
Juliette is a substitute player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Les Dissonances and has performed with the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France and the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. The conductors under whose baton she has performed include James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Georges Prêtre, Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Zoltán Kocsis, Maxim Vengerov, Alain Altinoglu.
Very interested in music from her time, she was a member of the “New Juilliard Ensemble” and has premiered works by Arvo Pärt, Graziane Finzi, Robin deRaaf, Betty Olivero and, Nicolas Namoradze. Eager to discover various repertoires and to explore historically informed performances, Juliette (who studied harpsichord as a child) has more recently taken baroque cello lessons with Phoebe Carrai, William Skeen and Bruno Cocset.
Born in Paris in 1991, Juliette Herlin was admitted at the age of sixteen to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees studying with Jérôme Pernoo. She pursued her studies at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Richard Aaron. Currently, Juliette is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California where she studies with Ralph Kirschbaum. She is the grateful recipient of support from the French Ministry of Culture, from the Balas Company, and from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).

.............................................................................................................................. Micah YUI Piano Piano
Acclaimed Canadian pianist, Micah Yui, made her solo recital debut at the age of ten and her orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony at the age of twelve. She has appeared with orchestras, in recital, and as a chamber musician on three continents. She has performed for dignitaries of Japan and Canada and has been awarded three Canada Council grants, the Edmonton Civic Award, and the Alberta Achievement Award. She has performed with numerous musicians such as Daniel Heifetz, Paul Coletti, Robert de Maine, Roberto Cani, Nathan Cole, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and trios with Andy Simionescu and Matt Haimovitz.

Her recording of the Bloch concerto symphonique and scherzo fantasque with the London Symphony was awarded "Record of the Year" and "Record to Die for". She received her earliest training with Boris and Inna Zarankin. Micah attended the Juilliard School as one of three students of Bella Davidovich and at the Peabody Conservatory as one of six students of Leon Fleisher. She has also studied with Marietta Orlov, chamber music with Menahem Pressler, as well as with Giovanni Valentini in Pesaro, Italy.

A passionate educator, Micah has taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Peabody Institute, Shenendoah University, the Heifetz Institute, and at the Music Institute of Chicago. Many of her students have won numerous competitions as well as been accepted into major music schools. She is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School. She has resided in Los Angeles since 2009 with her husband, Sel, daughter, Mira, and rescue dog, Daisy.
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