Winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Kentucky native Tessa Lark has toured nationally and internationally as a violin soloist. At age 16, she performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has since then performed other concerti with the Santa Cruz Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the school’s Violin Concerto Competition in 2010 with the Walton Violin Concerto. Lark has given many solo recitals, including concerts for the radio broadcasted Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, the Chamber Music Tulsa series, and the Caramoor Wednesday Morning Concert series. As part of the Starling Chamber Orchestra until 2006, Ms. Lark performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center and toured with the orchestra as both concertmaster and soloist in England, Europe, China, and Russia.
An avid chamber musician, Tessa has participated in the Music in the Vineyards festival and Caramoor’s Rising Star Series, and has attended many summer festivals including Yellow Barn, Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, and the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Anthony Marwood, Peter Frankl, Atar Arad, Roger Tapping, Ralph Kirshbaum, Timothy Eddy, and Ronald Thomas and participated in the 2012 Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute concert tour.
Along with her recent Naumburg award, Miss Lark was also the first prize winner in both the 2008 Irving Klein International Strings Competition and the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. Other awards include a top prize in the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and first prize for the Kentucky division of the Stillman-Kelley Competition, and first prize for NEC’s Honors Ensemble Competition as part of the Sonica String Quartet.
Tessa started playing violin at age 6 studying with Cathy McGlasson. She joined the Starling Strings Program at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in 2001 and studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus. She entered New England Conservatory in the fall of 2006 to begin studies with Miriam Fried and completed her Master’s degree in May 2012 under the tutelage of both Ms. Fried and Lucy Chapman.
Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Tessa enjoys playing bluegrass music. She has played with Narrow Road, her father’s gospel bluegrass band, since she was 8 years old, has attended Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp in Tennessee for several years and recently performed with the Boston Children’s Chorus as a bluegrass fiddler.
Lark plays a Tononi violin on generous loan to her from the Ravinia Festival.