Jun
15
to Jun 16

MENDELSSOHN STRING QUARTET NO.2 IN A MINOR OP.13 | COACH - TAMSEN BESEKE

The Los Angeles Times has praised Tamsen’s solo playing as “both intuitive and lyrical”.  They described her ensemble playing as “having a unique synergy”.

Tamsen is an active soloist, chamber, studio and orchestral musician, performing over 100 concerts a year.  She has given premieres of concertos, chamber music, operatic and orchestral works.  Her career includes performances with such notable artists as: Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming,  Zubin Mehta, Henryk Szeryng, Joshua Bell, James Galway, Gil Shaham and the Golabek Sisters.  In addition, she has performed and recorded with popular artists:  Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra Jr., Lalo Schifrin, Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, George Benson, Barry White, Doc Severenson, Roger Williams, Amy Grant, Frank Capp, CeCe Winans, John Cleese, June Foray and Bobby Vinton.

 Tamsen is the first violinist for the Avanti String Quartet and Ensemble who were Artists in Residence at Clemson University and were selected to perform student concerts for the Coleman Chamber Music series.  As a member of the Calvarola String Trio and Los Angeles Piano Trio, she was a finalist in several prestigious competitions.  

Along with 20 years performing in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Tamsen has been concertmaster of the Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, West Coast Symphony, Los Angeles Lyric Opera, The Dream Orchestra, Antelope Valley Symphony, Inland Empire Symphony, Redlands Bowl Symphony, and Magical History Tour – A Celebration of the Beatles.  She is proud to have been a member of the New West Symphony for over twenty years and has been principal second violin with the Glendale Symphony.  Tamsen has also performed with the South Dakota Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, California Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, 

As a soloist she has performed with the Glendale Symphony, Claremont Symphony, West Coast Symphony, Goleta Chamber Orchestra, Crown City Symphony and Burbank Symphony.  

 Touring has been another creative outlet for playing her music.  She has performed in many countries including, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and China.  

Tamsen has taught private lessons on the violin and viola for over 40 years.  Many of her students have been competition winners and gone on to become music professionals.  In addition to her private teaching, Tamsen has taught at California State University Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, Westmont College, Shepherd University, conducted Master Classes, adjudicated competitions, and has coached several youth symphonies, and taught for the Education Through Music program. 

Tamsen invented and patented the Acoustifoam Shoulder Rest which has helped hundreds of violinists, violists, cellists and harpists around the world.  She is the owner of the 1780 “Hawley” J.B. Guadagnini violin, known to have been used by Louis Spohr at the premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.   

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Jun
1
to Jun 2

SCHUBERT STRING QUARTET NO.13 IN A MINOR OP.29 (D804) THE ROSAMUNDE | COACH - MAGGIE EDMONDSON

Cellist Margaret Edmondson has been a member of the Long Beach Symphony since 1994 and served as Artistic Director of their Sounds & Spaces chamber music series.  She plays regularly with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Music Center Dance, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sierra Summer Festival. She has also worked with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Schubertiade, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra to name a few.  Maggie was resident cellist with Southwest Chamber Music in the ‘90s and during her tenure won a Grammy Award for best small ensemble performance, performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, was heard frequently during their 26 weeks of statewide, live radio concert broadcasts each season and participated in world premiere performances and recordings of numerous contemporary works.  She has also played on the chamber series of the Long Beach Symphony, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Camerata Pacifica, Sundays Live at LACMA, Sierra Summer Festival and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Maggie was a co-founder of Renaissance Arts Academy, a performing arts focused charter school, winner of the Los Angeles Music Center Bravo Award in 2010 for the string program she created and nurtured from 2003-2011 and which continues to serve many young string players.  During the summer she co-teaches a cello workshop with her teacher, mentor and friend, world renowned cello pedagogue Irene Sharp, and coaches talented young chamber musicians at California Summer Music. Long devoted to developing young musicians and a true believer in the immense value of music education, Maggie has also had a busy private cello studio for over 30 years.

When not immersed in her musical life, Maggie can be found in the garden with her violist husband Dmitri Bovaird.

 

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Apr
27
to Apr 28

BEETHOVEN STRING QUARTET OP. 18 #3 | COACH - LOUISE BROWN

Louise Brown comes from New York State. She began her music study with piano before turning to viola. She left home to attend the University of Notre Dame, where she received a B.A. in Music and German. Subsequently she studied music at Northwestern University (earning an M.M.), the Munich Konservatorium, and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she received her D.M.A. Her teachers included Masao Kawasaki, Martin-Albrecht Rohde, and Anne Mischakoff. Her training in chamber music included work with the Lasalle Quartet and the Tokyo Quartet.  

Louise has enjoyed playing viola in orchestra; she has performed with the San Francisco Opera Western Opera Theater, the Dayton and Columbus Symphonies, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Munich Sinfonietta, among others. She is especially fond of chamber music, however, and is thrilled to collaborate with her wonderful colleagues in the Avanti Ensemble.  

Louise also teaches violin and viola to students ranging from 5 years old to adults. She finds it very satisfying to instill a love of music in her students, while at the same time developing the discipline and imagination they can bring to all pursuits in their lives. She continues to research musical pedagogy for the benefit of her students, drawing particularly from the work of Mimi Zweig (Indiana University).  

Her other interests include reading, biking around town, and being active in her church community. Louise also loves to travel with her husband and 3 adult sons.

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Mar
30
to Mar 31

BEETHOVEN KREUTZER SONATA OP.47 ARRANGED FOR STRING QUINTET | 2 VIOLINS, VIOLA, 2 CELLOS | COACH - ROBERT MISKEY

One of Canada's gifted violinists, Robert's solo and recital performances have generated accolades from audiences and critics alike.  Robert has been featured as soloist and recitalist internationally,  and has been frequently heard on C.B.C National Radio.  Most recently, appearances have included the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at Toronto's Sony Centre,  the Musique et Amitié festival in Switzerland and the Banff Festival.

As well as having served as Concertmaster for several of Toronto's orchestras and major musical productions, including Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, Robert has had an extensive orchestral career as a member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and as Principal Second Violin of the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

A native of Edmonton, He received his Masters of Music Degree from Indiana University, studying under renowned violinists Franco Gulli and Joseph Gingold.  He furthered his studies at the Banff Centre completing intensive Chamber music training with Zoltan Szekely (Hungarian String Quartet) He has served on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music at Toronto.

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Feb
23
to Feb 24

BLUEGRASS VIOLIN WITH COACH JANA JAE OWENS | ALL STYLES OF FIDDLING WELCOME. BLUEGRASS/OLD TIME/CELTIC/SWING/COUNTRY/JAZZ/RHYTHM & CHOPS

JANA JAE OWENS

JANA JAE OWENS

Jana Jae has been called the "First Lady of Country Fiddle." Like most entertainers who have reached stardom, Jana Jae’s success is the result of hard work perfecting raw talent. Musical talent runs through her family. Her parents studied at the famed Juilliard School of Music, New York City and Jana was introduced to the classical study of the violin on a 1/8 sized instrument at the age of two. Thanks to the direction and inspiration of her grandfather, an accomplished champion fiddler in his own right, Jana also learned to love playing by ear. She virtually grew up jamming with and learning from some of the best in the business while living in western Idaho, not far from Weiser, the site of the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest. Soon she had honed in her skill of fiddling into a fine art and won the Ladies National Championship several times.

She continued her classical training, winning scholarships to Interlochen and the International String Congress. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music and studied abroad at the Vienna Academy of Music.

After teaching music for several years, she felt inspired to take her unique blend of music on the road. Jana and her trademark blue fiddle, soon took the world of country music by storm. She got her big break at a Buck Owens concert in Redding, California when she was invited to take the stage and play “Orange Blossom Special.” Buck was one of the first “big names”  to recognize her talents and he offered her a job as the first female member of his “Buckaroos”  band. She later became part of the regular team on the “Hee Haw” show. She has appeared with such country music greats as Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, The Oakridge Boys, Mel Tillis, Ricky Skaggs and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Jana built a solid career drawing upon her diverse musical background. Her one -of - a kind style blends country fiddling ,western swing, bluegrass, pop and the classics, producing thrilling performances and critical acclaim.

She has consistently proved her ability to cross over into other genres and has earned a large international reputation, performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland,  the Wembley Festival in the UK as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She has toured Japan, The Philippines, Australia, Africa, Brazil and continues to perform abroad. A powerful whirlwind on stage, herpure clear voice, showmanship, down-home friendly sense of humor and natural communication with any audience combine for a dynamite concert. Her special talents have enriched us all in the world of music.

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Jan
26
to Jan 27

BEETHOVEN STRING QUINTET OP. 29 THE STORM | 2 VIOLINS, 2 VIOLAS, CELLO | COACH - KAREN ELAINE

Karen Elaine is a musician, yogini, scuba diver, and Reiki energy healer who enjoys all of these worlds as a participant and teacher. Ms. Elaine currently works as a studio musician in Hollywood, with over 2000 television/Motion Picture/and phonograph project credits playing violin, viola, and contrabass (including the music scores for Titanic, Space Jam, The Incredibles, Cars, Lost, Alias, Star Trek, Academy Awards Show, Emmy Awards Show, Grammy Awards Show).

As a solo violist, Ms. Elaine has performed live and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, City Of London Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfónica Da Paraíba, Moravian Symphony Orchestra, on numerous chamber music series, and is the First Place Grand Prize Award Winner of the 1988 Bruno Giuranna International Viola Competition.

Karen Elaine holds certifications as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor (recreational scuba diving), 200-hour Acro Yoga Montrèal certified Instructor as well as RYT Power Yoga Instructor, Shinpiden Reiki Master Instructor in the Usui Ryoho Reiki School.

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Nov
10
to Nov 11

BRAHMS STRING QUINTET OP. 111 | 2 VIOLINS, 2 VIOLAS, CELLO | COACH - LAWRENCE SONDERLING

Violinist Lawrence Sonderling is familiar to music lovers across the United States where he has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and recording artist. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Sonderling graduated from Occidental College where he studied with the late Robert Gross. In addition, he has been a student of such other artists as Joachim Chassman, Ruggiero Ricci, Yehudi Menuhin, and Mehli Mehta.

From 1967 to 1971 he was concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, after which he joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for three years as its youngest member.  Upon his return to Los Angeles he was engaged by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the California Chamber Symphony. In November 1976 he went on a State Department sponsored tour of Eastern Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently became a permanent member. He retired in 2014 after 37 years with the Philharmonic.

In addition to performing frequently as a guest soloist and as first violinist of the California Ysaye String Quartet, Mr. Sonderling is also an acclaimed teacher, and was instructor of violin at Occidental College from 1979 to 2017. He taught for several years at the annual American String Teachers Association Summer Chamber Music Workshop and was affiliated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute where he coached talented young chamber musicians.  He is also a past president of the Los Angeles Area American String Teachers Association.  Most recently, he and his wife Anja were invited to teach at a string workshop in Tasmania, Australia in January 2017.
 
In March 1984 he was asked to replace the ailing Eudice Shapiro in a performance of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, and he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ventura and South Coast Symphonies, the Santa Monica Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony, among others. In November 1991 he performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with Allen Robert Gross and the Santa Monica Symphony to critical acclaim, and in 2000 he gave the West Coast premiere of Ellen Zwilich’s Violin Concerto. In November 2010 he and Allen Gross gave two more enthusiastically hailed  performances of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Occidental College – Caltech Symphony.

Lawrence Sonderling has been praised for his highly polished technique, keen musicianship, and refined taste. The Long Beach Press-Telegram has said of him, "Violinist Lawrence Sonderling set the tone of the performance - big, ripe, and sweet," and the Los Angeles Times has called his playing "genuinely brilliant and gutsy... with polish and energy."

His main interest now is teaching and coaching chamber music, passing on his many years of musical experience to new generations of players.

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

MOZART SINFONIA CONCERTANTE IN E-FLAT MAJOR K. 364 ARRANGED FOR STRING SEXTET | COACH - ARMEN KSAJIKIAN

ARMEN KSAJIKIAN

ARMEN KSAJIKIAN

Armen Ksajikian started his professional career at age 12 with the Abkhasian State Philharmonic in his native former Soviet Union. Since 1976 Armen's been very active in LA's musical life, working with people like Jascha Heifetz, Mstislav Rostropovich, Van Cliburn, Luciano Pavarotti, Miklos Rozsa, John Cage, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Gustavo Dudamel, James Cameron, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chick Corea etc. He has also performed with the Eagles, Scorpions, Incubus, Earth Wind & Fire, System Of Down, Academy Awards,  Dancing with the Stars & Duke Ellington Orchestras.

Armen's appeared as a soloist with the Nacional Orchestre du Brazil, Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Bowl & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, where he holds the position of the Associate Principal since 2000. Arguably Armen is the only cellist to have subbed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in FIVE different decades!.

He is a member of several ensembles such as: The Catgut Trio, Rio Trio, California String Quartet & The " Award Winning" Armadillo String Quartet, the ONLY group to have performed COMPLETE string quartets of Joseph Haydn in a 34-And-Half-Hour marathon!!! In 1999 Ksajikian made his Carnegie Hall debut premiering a quartet by PDQ Bach.

Armen is also busy recording musician, with over 1100 movies to his credit for such renowned film composers as John Williams.

Performances in "less conventional" venues include 16-day whitewater tours down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon! "Concerts for grizzlies" inside a clarifier tank of an old pulp mill in Sitka! Copacabana Beach in Rio! Neverland Ranch! and he's particularly proud to have soloed with the Hiland Mountain Women's Prison Orchestra in Alaska!!

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Sep
29
to Sep 30

BRAHMS STRING SEXTET OP. 18 | COACH - DAVID AKS

David Aks has a rich background of chamber music performance and teaching. He studied at Indiana University and Oberlin College and attended the Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals. He has toured nationally and internationally with the New York Pro Arte Chamber orchestra and performed with the Seraphim Trio (New York), The Bakken Ensemble (Minneapolis) the Fine Art Trio (Tampa) and the Cuarteto Bogota (Colombia).

Mr. Aks has been a teacher of cello, chamber music and orchestra at three Universities and has founded String Quartet Workshops in Minneapolis, Tampa and Los Angeles. Much in demand as a guest conductor, Mr. Aks has conducted professional and student honor orchestras throughout California and across the U. S.

He is currently a professor at California State University Northridge, where he has been Music Director of the CSUN Symphony and the CSUN Opera Theater, as well as instructor of cello and chamber music. He has also served as chair of the Music Department and the string area.

 

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