Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Tessa Lark
BBT Fellowship 2018

Tessa Lark - Biography

Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, silver medallist in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, has been widely praised for her technical agility, musical elegance, and astounding range of sounds.

She has appeared at such venues as the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, San Francisco Performances, Ravinia, Chamber Music Tulsa, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Troy Chromatic Concerts, and the Marlboro, Caramoor, and Music@Menlo festivals. She is also an expert fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky and performs bluegrass and Appalachian music, collaborating with fiddler Mark O’Connor.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include a recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, including the world premiere of her own work, Impermanessence, with pianist Roman Rabinovich; multiple appearances with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, including highly acclaimed performances of John Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto; debuts with the Oberlin College Artist Recital Series, Buffalo Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, and the North Mississippi, Springfield (Missouri) and Longwood symphony orchestras; two tours with Musicians from Marlboro; an appearance with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra featuring the world premiere of Love Letter, written for her by Michael Thurber; and performances with the violin-bass duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber.

Tessa Lark holds a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. She plays the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivarius violin, on loan to her as part of her prize from the Indianapolis Competition.

Photographs by Kate L Photography / Lauren Desberg