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Tessa Lark

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Heartland Festival Orchestra's Regional Premiere of 'Sky' Featuring Tessa Lark

Out and About

On this week’s episode of Out and About, David Commanday of the Heartland Festival Orchestra joins Jenn Gordon to talk about “Blue Sky”, the upcoming concert by the Heartland Festival Orchestra featuring virtuoso violinist and fiddler, Tessa Lark. Tessa’s world premiere performance and recording of “Sky”, Michael Torke’s bluegrass-inspired violin concerto, won widespread acclaim and a Grammy nomination in 2019. This performance marks the regional premiere of this piece. The concert takes place at Five Points Washington on May 15 at 7:30PM. In person tickets are available as well as online live streaming passes. For more information visit Heartland Festival Orchestra.


7 May 2021

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Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

From the Top

GRAMMY-nominated violinist and From the Top Co-Host / Creative Tessa Lark joins Peter Dugan and a cohort of extraordinary teenage musicians in this episode. A 15-year-old violinist gets a coaching from Tessa and we hear performances of Bach, Chopin, Dvorák and more.


29 Mar 2021

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Episode 3, with Tessa Lark and Gil Shaham

Gilharmonic on Violinist.com

Join hosts Gil Shaham and Laurie Niles for another episode of Gilharmonic on Violinist.com - the happiest hour of violin talk online!  Our guest artist this week is violinist Tessa Lark, who is both a classical and bluegrass virtuoso and will be joining us from NYC. Just this year she was nominated for a Grammy for her recording of "Sky," a bluegrass-inspired violin concerto composed for her by Michael Torke. She will perform the last movement from Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 4 - and possibly some improvisation!   Our two master class students include:  Grant Jensen, 10, from Santa Monica, California, a student of Morgan Gerstmar. He is a Suzuki student who also plays in Santa Monica's Elemental Strings Orchestra. He will play "Gavotte" by Martini.  Faustina Housner, who just finished her freshman year at the Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She will play selections from Béla Bartók's "Rumanian Folk Dances."--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/violinist/support


28 Jun 2020

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Violinist Tessa Lark wears her Kentucky roots with pride on solo debut album

New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher

This week on New Classical Tracks, violinist and Kentucky native Tessa Lark discusses her debut solo album 'Fantasy,' which includes a mix of classical and folk music.


11 Mar 2020

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On Record with Ward Stare and Tessa Lark--11/7 & 11/9/19

On Record

Tessa Lark 's star is shining brightly. She brings her luminous presence into Kodak Hall this week for a performance with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Alban Berg's Violin Concerto. Tessa and RPO music director Ward Stare came by our studios to talk with Julia Figueras about this deeply moving piece, as well as Bach, Bartok, Webern, and the freedom of fiddling.


7 Nov 2019

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Violinist Tessa Lark and Bassist Michael Thurber Co-Host From the Top

From the Top

The Multi-Style/Multi-Tradition Duo Tessa Lark, violin, and Michael Thurber, bass host From the Top Show 376 in Boston Massachusetts. They perform Bach with a young cellist and one of their own compositions with a teenage string quartet.

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4 Nov 2019

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63: Violinist Tessa Lark discusses Schubert's Fantasie in C Major and the music of Michael Torke

Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast

Easy well-matched conversation with someone who thrives on self-deprecation, draws on NLP tools and techniques when she talks, and whose approach to digital storytelling chimes with my own. Earlier this week a new colleague reinforced a perspective I’ve held (but not really articulated much) he learned by being in a lift with a broadcaster. Joyful content comes when those doing the storytelling are at their ease, when there’s spontaneity, and when there’s the lightest-touch of plans. There’s a need too to be at ease sharing the reality of life - the antidote to the habit we all have of planning all the spontaneity out of a moment. Tessa and I talked about composer Michael Torke, perfectionism, sound production, and Schubert’s C major Fantasie.


30 Oct 2019

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023 Tessa Lark: Getting Into a Joyful Headspace for Enhanced Practice & Performance

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

I’m very excited to have the talented, brilliant, funny, and (as you’ll see) engaging Tessa Lark to the show to talk to us about joy in practice and music-making!  In this episode, we discuss her views about tackling work with the right mindset, the ways she sparks joy in her practice, and how getting in that joyful headspace not only makes it more gratifying for her, but also helps increase her productivity! I’ve been thinking a lot about Joy, self-compassion, and using positive self-talk in practicing and performing for the past few years and I ended up researching that topic in the context of my doctoral studies: the idea that high quality work can flow more easily when we are in the right mindset, the right disposition.  High-level results stem out of high-level thinking and solutions to problems come more easily when we’re in a positive and open state of mind.  It is absolutely possible to have rigor without rigidity in the practice room! I had a wonderful time talking with Tessa about this topic that’s really close to my heart! I feel like it’s a way to approach practicing that can be very impactful and I hope this episode affects your next practice session in a positive way! We elaborate on: Her childhood in the foothills of Kentucky, starting with the Suzuki Method and enjoying attending Marc O’Connor’s fiddle camps How she was introduced to fiddle music and blue grass and how it stays with her to this day Her experience with the The Cincinnati Starling Project in Cincinnati, studying with Kurt Sassmannshaus How she met and went on to study with Miriam Fried in Boston, and how Ms Fried helped her develop artistic integrity How the Naumburg Competition helped launch her career Practicing in ways that spark joy – searching for “things in your practice that bring you joy, as opposed to looking for all the things you’re doing “horribly” wrong” The “talent” misunderstanding The misconception that “hard work” should feel “hard” Why we need to aim for “focused” and “efficient” work and, YES, that can feel good! Getting into the “joyful headspace” How struggle can be part of the process but its’ not “necessary” How emotional depth can also be reached from a positive headspace and mindset Increased productivity How while joy is not a neutral feeling, the process to get there can be neutral The importance of knowing yourself and knowing what can get you to this joyful headspace The importance of setting goals, a positive mindset, reduce distractions, and find a physical space that feels inspiring and is conducive to efficient work How the language we use with ourselves is so important How mental discipline is important and can help us negotiate the variables that can affect performance How she uses a timer in her practice to improve her productivity More about Tessa: Website: https://www.tessalark.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tessalark/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tessa.lark/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HBOfosho YouTube videos featuring Tessa: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tessa+lark More articles about Tessa: click here The Cincinnati Starling Project: http://www.starling.org/cincinnati-starling-project Kurt Sassmannshaus / Violin Masterclass: http://violinmasterclass.com/en Kenny Werner Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician: https://kennywerner.com/effortless-mastery Biography 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 a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at sixteen, Ms. Lark has appeared with dozens of orchestras, festivals, and recital venues including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, San Francisco Performances, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Marlboro Music. Highlights of her 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons included multiple performances of two works for violin and orchestra written for her: Love Letter by bassist-composer Michael Thurber, and Sky, a bluegrass-inspired concerto by Michael Torke premiered and recorded with the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra. Additional recording projects include a fantasia-themed album including Ms. Lark’s own Appalachian Fantasy and works by Telemann, Ravel, Kreisler, and Schubert; Invention, a debut album of the violin-bass duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber that comprises music of J.S. Bach along with non-classical original compositions; and a genre-bending disc in collaboration with such artists as multi-instrumentalist/composer Jon Batiste and American fiddling legend Michael Cleveland. Recent and upcoming activities include Australia’s Musica Viva festival—a four-concert engagement highlighted by a duo collaboration with bassist/composer Edgar Meyer—and debuts with the Seattle and Indianapolis symphonies. Scheduled for May 2020 is a Lincoln Center recital debut on its prestigious Great Performers Series. Ms. Lark is a graduate of New England Conservatory with an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. She plays a ca. 1600 G.P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support! Visit www.mindoverfinger.com for information about past and future podcasts, and for more resources on mindful practice. Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe here!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfingertribe/ THANK YOU: Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson. Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly! MIND OVER FINGER: www.mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

1hr 5mins

8 Mar 2019

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The LexGo Podcast: Kentucky violinist Tessa Lark

Herald-Leader podcasts

Since she tapped out “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a Muppet Babies toy piano, Richmond-raised violinist Tessa Lark has known that she loves music. She returns to Central Kentucky this weekend to open the Lexington Philharmonic’s season, playing Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto.” She will be playing a Stradivari violin that is recognized by violinists worldwide.


16 Sep 2016