2012-2013 Concert Series
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Beverly Hills Audition Winners
Under the Artistic Direction of Laura Schmieder, talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills Auditions and presented monthly on The Previews in the intimate and acoustically superb sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach. New this season, the concerts also are presented on the preceding Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in the beautiful Encinitas Library with its expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. From January through June, the concerts also are presented the following Sundays on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in the Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion.
"The series is a much-sought opportunity for young performers...the talent level is extremely high." ~ Los Angeles Times
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
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International-Prize-Winning Viennese Soprano
SEVANA SALMASI soprano
Soprano Sevana Salmasi trained at University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. A Mozart specialist, she is a top prize winner of international competitions including 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the International Heinrich Strecker Operetta Competition in Baden/Vienna, Sevana was s finalist of the Placido Domingo/Thornton Auditions Young Artist Program. Currently, Sevana is studying towards her doctorate at USC, while performing in Vienna with the Vienna Residence Orchestra.
Pianist Yu Gyung Kim was born in South Korea. Her degrees consist of a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Se Jong University, South Korea, a Master of Music in collaborative piano from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Graduate Certificate in collaborative piano from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a DMA in keyboard collaborative arts at USC under the guidance of Alan Smith.
Beverly Hills Auditions Winner
CHIKA INOUE saxophone
A native of Osaka, Japan, Chika Inoue is a recipient of first prizes at the Japan International League of Artists and the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artists Competition. She was invited as a guest artist for the International China Clarinet and Saxophone Music Festival in Taiwan to give recitals and masterclasses. Ms. Inoue has concertized at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Sumida Triphony Hall. A graduate of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and California State University, Fresno, she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the USC Thornton School of Music under James Rotter.
Ovanes Arakelyan has given recitals at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Khachaturian Grand Concert Hall, among many others. Ovanes and his sister Gianeh performed at the Musical Armenia Celebration at Carnegie Hall and 2006, and were invited to perform at the 39th Gala Concert of the American Youth Symphony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from USC in the class of Daniel Pollack, his Master's Degree from CSU Fresno, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate from Claremont Graduate University under Stewart Gordon.
Ukrainian-born violinist Iryna Krechkovsky is a top prizewinner at numerous international competitions including the Sorantin International Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and the Kocian International Violin Competition. Ms. Krechkovsky has been featured at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto, The American Church in Paris, and the Moulin d'Andé in Normandy, to name just some. She receive both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University in New York.
Korean-American pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks has performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Lichtenstein Palace in Prague, and Aspen's Harris Concert Hall, where he was featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Mr. Loucks has performed as soloist with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra, the University of California Irvine Symphony Orchestra, and the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra in Austria. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Loucks is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University.
Two Beverly-Hills-Audition-Winning Harpists Share a Recital
San Diego native Charissa Barger has
premiered numerous works, collaborating with
composers and performing in innovative
concerts and recordings. Charissa is passionate
about arts education and community outreach
and is the founder of Harp for Little Hearts, a
creative approach to music education which
will launch a concert series for families in
Spring 2012. Charissa is a candidate for the Master of Music degree
at the USC Thornton School of Music. She earned an Artist
Diploma from the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music and a
Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan.
An award-winning harpist, Kate
Loughrey has toured throughout Asia,
Europe, and the U.S. Notable honors
include placing as finalist twice in the
American Harp Society Foundation
Awards national competition. In the
summer of 2011, she was selected as one
of 15 young professional artists from
around the world to perform at the World
Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada.
Kate holds a Master of Music from the
Peabody Conservatory, studied at l'Ecole
Normale de Musique d'Alfred Cortot in
Paris, and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools
of Music in London. Kate is currently doctoral candidate and
Provost's Fellow at the USC Thornton School of Music.
"She sings magnificently"
LAURIE RUBIN mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin received high praise from New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini who wrote she possesses "compelling artistry," "communicative power," and that her voice displays "earthy, rich, and poignant qualities."
Los Angeles Times chief classical music critic Mark Swed writes about Laurie Rubin in a recent review: "A young mezzo-soprano whose voice is darkly complex and mysteriously soulful and who adds intense emphasis to every word of text sang six songs by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo... In one, a bee bites the lip of a sleeping shepherdess as if it were a rose, to the envy of a shy lover. Laurie Rubin's rich, toffee-thick tones conveyed not just the sense of touch of puffy rosy lips but also their exceptional redness.... She sings magnificently.... A major, and maybe great, career beckons."
Laurie's recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall and her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed at The White House and at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Laurie is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Master of Music degree at Yale.
Recent Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
VICTOR DE ALMEIDA viola
Now based in Los Angeles, violist Victor De Almeida has most recently been the Guest Principal Violist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paavo Järvi and the Associate Principal Violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Mario Venzago, as well as a double prize winner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. Mr. Almeida studied at the Peabody Institute of Music, while serving as the Principal Violist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and as a regular substitute violist with the Baltimore Symphony.
Winner of the 2012 Torrance Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
ANDREW MOSES clarinet
Thirteen-year-old Andrew Moses is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, and was invited to perform on the NPR "From the Top" live radio program. A student of Dr. Margaret Thornhill, Andrew was a top prizewinner in the Midland National Young Artist Competition, the 2012 International Clarinet Association High School Competition, and is currently a finalist in the US Marine Band Concerto Competition. Andrew was a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, concerto soloist with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their Young Artist Competition, concerto soloist with the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir and the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, and he has four times been concerto soloist with the Glendale Youth Orchestra. Andrew performs as clarinetist with the Colburn School Honors Woodwind Quintet, is Assistant Conductor of the Glendale Youth Orchestra, and studies conducting with Brad Keimach. A blackbelt in taekwondo, Andrew enjoys cycling, youth group, musical composition, and his two dogs.
Andrews collaborative pianist, Loyola Marymount faculty member Dr. Tania Fleischer, attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division, earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, her Master's at the USC Thornton School and Solistendiplom, Freiburg Musikhochschule, and her doctorate at UCLA.
KAREN HOGLE BROWN soprano
Just Returned from the European Tour with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Soprano Karen Hogle Brown performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera Chorus, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella, the Millenium Consort Singers and the Jacaranda Chamber Singers. Karen received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Vocal Performance degrees from the University of Arizona.
In his eleventh season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, bass-baritone Scott Graff sings as both a chorister and soloist with the Concord Ensemble, Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella, Millennium Consort, Musica Angelica, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name some of his activities.
Top-prize recipient of the 2011 International Klaviersommer Competition in Germany, and the highest category of the 2010 Los Angeles Bicentennial Liszt Competition and the 2008 American Fine Arts Festival
CHRISTOPHER GOODPASTURE piano
A native of Los Angeles, award-winning pianist Christopher Goodpasture has presented acclaimed performances across North America, Europe and Asia. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with John Perry and Stewart Gordon and was the recipient of the 2011 Most Outstanding Graduate Award. Among his other former teachers and mentors are Norman Krieger and Yoshikazu Nagai. Currently, Mr. Goodpasture attends the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he is pursuing an Artist Diploma under John Perry.
Michelle Matsumune flute Heather Millette clarinet
The members of Ceora Winds have played chamber music together for 10 years, performing throughout Southern California and across the country. Its members hold advanced degrees from leading schools including Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and California Institute of the Arts. Equally adept at classical standards, jazz arrangements, and everything in between, Ceora Winds brings the joy of true chamber music to the Los Angeles community.