Alpesh Chauhan, conductor
Mozart's Violin Concerto #3
"To the rescue came violinist Tessa Lark, the 26-year-old budding superstar who recently received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Not only did the Kentucky native solidify the ensemble, she provided a lovely lyricism and rhythmic inflection that connected palpably. Cadenzas were beautifully rendered and infused with playfulness, sighs and effortless double- and triple-stops. While not a forceful soloist, she projected Mozart’s elegance with warmth and conviction."
-Michael Huebner, artsBHAM; November 19, 2016
Scott Terrell, conductor
Barber's Violin Concerto
Next, Bluegrass native Tessa Lark made her debut appearance with the LPO with her remarkable rendition and astonishing technical skill in performing Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto Op. 14.” Lark’s marathon “fiddling” in the last movement commanded a standing ovation and an encore. Her pensive yet playful “Appalachia Fantasy” tugged at our heartstrings as she honored her return to her Kentucky home.
-Jim Fields, Lexington Herald Leader, October 19, 2016
Recital with Amy Yang, piano
"Her violin produces a sweet, mellow sound that can even make the jagged edges of [the Prokofiev D major Sonata] sound warm. She and Ms. Yang combined to make the lush romantic and thrilling sound of the Strauss E flat sonata into a great recital finale, earning them the second of two ardent standing ovations."
-John G. Miller, Shelter Island Reporter; October 12, 2016