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MAY 5th 2019 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

E. GRIEG: STRING QUARTET N.1 IN G MINOR OP 27
E. GRIEG: “ANDANTE CON MOTO” IN C MINOR FOR PIANO TRIO
A. DVORAK: PIANO QUINTET N.2 IN A MAJOR OP 81 B 155
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Artists:

Martin CHALIFOUR Violin
MARTIN CHALIFOUR began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition.Apart from his LA Phil duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 60 concertos. Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others. Chalifour began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster for six years. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. While in Cleveland, Chalifour taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio.

Chalifour is a frequent guest at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Reno Chamber Music Festival. In December 2014 at the same Nevada festival, Chalifour was featured with his friend and colleague Noah Bendix-Balgley in a special program entitled “The Concertmasters of the Berlin Phil and the LA Phil.” Maintaining close ties with his native country, he has returned there often to teach and perform as soloist with various Canadian orchestras, most recently with the Vancouver Symphony and Bramwell Tovey. He will be featured in the Tchaikovsky concerto in the opening week of the Hamilton Symphony 2017/2018 season. Martin Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar, and Yarlung labels. He teaches at the University of Southern California and Caltech.

.............................................................................................................................. Miika GREGG Violin
Miika Gregg joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic in July 2017, after serving as a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for six seasons. Born in Finland and raised in Boston, Gregg studied under Boston Symphony violinist Aza Raykhtsaum before attending Indiana University, where he was taught by Koichiro Harada and Ik-Hwan Bae. He pursued graduate studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University where he studied under William Preucil and and Emanuel Borok. Mr. Gregg has also been mentored by Alex Kerr, with whom he studied for several summers as a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gregg has performed with numerous orchestras and music festivals across the country. He has held leadership positions with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto USA Orchestra, and the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and also performed with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Gregg has also been an active chamber musician, collaborating frequently with his colleagues in the Dallas Symphony. In addition to performing classical music, Mr. Gregg has also been active in the recording industry, appearing on albums for artists such as Flo Rida, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Puth. In his free time, Miika enjoys hiking with his dog, Birdie, playing outdoor sports, reading about philosophy, and searching for the perfect cup of coffee.

.............................................................................................................................. Jonathan MOERSCHEL Viola
Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a cellist in the Boston Symphony, fostered his early music studies both in piano and violin. At the age of sixteen, he began studying the viola with John Ziarko and chamber music with the violist from the Kolisch Quartet, Eugene Lehner.

Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra directed by Keith Lockhart in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He is the violist of the reknowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers.
The quartet, a receipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, and Aaron Jay Kernis. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre. They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mozarteum. Upcoming appearances include the continuation of a three year cycle of the complete Beethoven String Quartets at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage, Ojai Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, IRCAM in Paris and the Salzburg Festival. Moerschel is an Adjunct Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank and Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott.

He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Donald McInnes, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

.............................................................................................................................. Yoshika MASUDA Cello
Cellist YOSHIKA MASUDA is fast emerging as one of the most unique and versatile artists of his generation. Praised by the press for possessing a sound that is ‘ravishing’, ‘vibrant’ and ‘sensitive’, his recent Tokyo debut garnered critical acclaim. Yoshika has performed throughout his native Australia, Japan, the US and Europe in prestigious venues such as the Solitär at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Opera House in Sydney, the Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
As winner of national competitions in Australia, Japan and the US, he has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Juarez Symphony, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra, Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, North Queensland Symphony, USC Symphony and the YMF Debut Orchestra with conductors such as Sian Edwards, Nicholas Milton and Lucas Richman. His performances were broadcast on ABC Classic FM (Australia), BBC Radio 3 (UK), Klassik Radio (Germany) and Concertzender Radio (The Netherlands). In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Award.

Yoshika is an avid chamber musician and is a founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA, whose performances were recently described by the Los Angeles Times as ‘brilliant… superb.’ In recent years, Yoshika was invited to perform at the festivals of Aldeburgh and Leicester in the UK, Festival Amfiteatrof in Italy, Kirishima Music Festival in Japan, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music Mountain Chamber Festival and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in the USA.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoshika first started playing the cello at the age of five, but moved to Australia as a young child where he began his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He then studied extensively with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum, whilst also receiving close musical guidance from Thomas Demenga and David Geringas. Yoshika graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK with distinction and received the Principal’s Prize for outstanding achievement. He gained his DMA from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Yoshika was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at California Lutheran University in Los Angeles.
.............................................................................................................................. Alin MELIK-ADAMYAN Piano
Alin Melik-Adamyan Pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan is a prize-winning collaborative artist, soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. A native to Southern California, Ms. Melik-Adamyan began her piano studies at the age of four and has performed throughout the United States, Armenia, and Germany.
Praised with a “sensitivity unique in the piano world” (The Musical Gourmet), Ms. Melik-Adamyan has won numerous competitions and scholarships. She was the grand prize winner of the YMF/ASCAP Leiber & Stoller $10,000 Scholarship, first prize winner at the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, first prize winner at the William Grant Still Young Artists Competition, and grand prize winner at the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Competition. Ms. Melik-Adamyan often gives back to her community by performing at fundraisers such as the Armenian Society of LA Fundraiser.

She has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras throughout California including the Westwood-Brentwood Symphony, the Los Angeles Bach Festival Orchestra, and the Oakland Conventional Festival Orchestra. Ms. Melik-Adamyan was also an invited guest artist at the Centrum Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington.
An avid collaborative pianist, Ms. Melik-Adamyan has found success along with cellist, Coleman Itzkoff, performing together as the Amicus Duo. Since their formation, Amicus Duo has performed throughout the United States in showcases, master classes, recording studios, and concert halls. They earned top prizes at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, winning second prize overall and a special prize for best performance of Arthur Gottschalk’s Some Assembly Required. Ms. Melik-Adamyan can also be found collaborating with dancers as the Music Coordinator for the American Contemporary Ballet, which produces original contemporary classical ballets and presents twentieth-century masterworks.

Ms. Melik-Adamyan’s work as a collaborative pianist has given her the opportunity to work with renowned musicians including Ralph Kirshbaum, Jeffrey Kahane, and Glenn Dicterow. She is a sought-after pianist for recitals, master classes, and private studios in Southern California.
Ms. Melik-Adamyan studied with Carl Matthes for twelve years until she entered the USC Thornton School of Music where she earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance with Kevin Fitz-Gerald. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer of Keyboard Studies at USC and is completing a Doctorate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts.
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