Tessa Lark & Roman Rabinovich

Violin and Piano

December 10, 2017, 4 PM

The Warne Ballroom at the Cosmos Club

Kentucky native Tessa Lark is an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and recipient of a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship grant in 2014. An experienced soloist and chamber musician, she plays on the “ex-Gingold” Stravidarius violin made in 1683. Pianist Roman Rabinovich has enjoyed an international career since winning the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. These artists perform two very different masterpieces of the violin and piano repertoire: Brahms’s idyllic G Major Violin Sonata and Bartók’s intense, harmonically daring Violin Sonata No. 1.


Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G Major (“Regen”), Op. 78 (1879)
Vivace ma non troppo
Allegro molto moderato

Two-dot Wings*

TESSA LARK (b. 1989)


BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in C-sharp minor, Sz. 75, BB 84 (1921)
Allegro appassionato

*World Premiere

Please note that this concert takes place at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

Dress Code at the Cosmos Club:
Gentlemen are expected to wear jackets, dress slacks, a collared long-sleeved shirt (tucked-in) or turtleneck at all times.

Ladies are expected to dress in an equivalent fashion, which means dresses, suits, skirts or dress slacks with jackets or tops of equivalent formality. Leggings or tights, unless worn with skirts, dresses, or long jackets, are not considered to be of equivalent formality.

Military uniforms and national dress of equivalent formality are also acceptable.

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Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her generation. She has been consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance.

Lark has appeared with orchestras throughout the US since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. As part of Carnegie Hall’s “Distinctive Debuts” series she performed in February 2017 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and she has appeared at such venues as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Perlman Music Program, San Francisco Performances, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Classics series, the Troy Chromatics series, Chamber Music Tulsa, the Caramoor Wednesday Morning Concert series, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Olympic, and Music@Menlo festivals. Highlights of her 2016/2017 season include concerto engagements with the Alabama, Richardson, Valdosta, and South Florida symphonies; the Evansville and Lexington philharmonics; the Gettysburg and Mission chamber orchestras; and the Symphony of Westchester.

Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Tessa enjoys playing bluegrass and Appalachian music. She collaborates frequently with Mark O'Connor and is included in his recording MOC4, released in June 2014.

Tessa started playing violin at age six, and in 2001 joined the Starling Strings Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus. She entered the New England Conservatory in the fall of 2006 to begin studies with Miriam Fried, and completed her Master's degree in May 2012. Tessa is currently participating in The Juilliard School’s prestigious Artist Diploma program under the guidance of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ida Kavafian. As part of her prize from winning the Indianapolis Competition, she plays the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari violin, on loan to her for four years. 

The eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich, a top prizewinner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2008 has been highly lauded by The New York Times, the BBC Music Magazine, the San Francisco Classical Voice and others. He has performed throughout Europe and the US in venues such as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Rabinovich has participated in such festivals as Marlboro, Lucerne, Davos, Prague Spring, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Recent concerto performances include Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the KBS Orchestra of South Korea under Yoel Levi and Bartók’s Concerto No. 2 with the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, while recitals in 2016 included appearances at the Vancouver Recital Society, Chopin Society in St. Paul, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Chamber Music San Francisco. In early 2017 Rabinovich made his debut at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Calgary Philharmonic.  

In 2015, distinguished pianist András Schiff chose Rabinovich for his “Building Bridges” series created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. Under this aegis Roman Rabinovich’s New York recital at SubCulture received high praise from senior music critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times. An avid chamber musician, he is regular guest at ChamberFest Cleveland, and partners regularly with violinist Liza Ferschtman, having recently performed the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for violin and piano. As artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland in September 2016, Rabinovich presented a “Haydn Marathon” performing 25 Haydn sonatas in five days. A gifted visual artist, he often illustrates his programs with his own artwork.

Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 10 and appeared again as soloist with the same forces in 1999 and 2003. He has been heard as soloist with all the Israeli orchestras, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Prague Symphony, Dohnányi Orchestra and many others.

Born in Tashkent, Rabinovich immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and obtained his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.