Winner of a prestigious 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Tessa Lark is one of the most
captivating artistic voices of her time. She is praised consistently by critics and
audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating
interpretations, and genre-defying programming and performance. She is also a recipient of
a 2014 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and
Visual Arts, and continues to expand her relationships with orchestras and presenters
Ms. Lark has been a soloist with many renowned orchestras, including the Louisville
Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony
Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra. She is a frequent recitalist and has performed for such notable series
as San Francisco Performances, WQXR's Midday Masterpieces, Troy Chromatic Concerts,
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Music at the Gardner, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts,
Ravinia Festival's Bennett Gordon Hall Classics, and Chamber Music Tulsa.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Lark has participated in many celebrated festivals;
among them are Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program.
Her piano trio, Modêtre, took top prize in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music
Ms. Lark was named silver medalist of the 2014 International Violin Competition of
Indianapolis, making her the highest-ranked American-born winner in the competition's
history. She also won the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Competition in
2012, and first prize in the 2008 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition.
Inspired by her Kentucky roots, Ms. Lark performs bluegrass and Appalachian music
regularly, including a collaboration with Mark O'Connor on his CD MOC4. She also plays jazz
violin, most recently performing with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy's Club
Coca-Cola in New York City.
Ms. Lark's mentors include Cathy McGlasson, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Miriam Fried, and Lucy
Chapman. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory and is currently enrolled in
Juilliard's artist diploma program, studying with Sylvia Rosenberg, Ida Kavafian, and
Daniel Phillips. Ms. Lark plays the 1683 "ex-Gingold" Stradivari violin, on generous
loan from the Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of