Members of the Philharmonic and Guest Artists Perform All Six Concertos in One Evening
FRIDAY, MAY 26 AT 8 PM AND
SUNDAY, MAY 28 AT 7:30 PM
The Los Angeles Philharmonic concludes its 2005/2006 Baroque Variations series with Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos, rarely played all in one evening, on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Giovanni Antonini (also soloist on recorder), the concert features Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians Ingrid Chun, Camille Avellano, Lyndon Johnston Taylor and Kristine Hedwall, violins; Marion Arthur Kuszyk, oboe; and Janet Ferguson, flute; and guest musicians David Washburn, trumpet, Inga Funck, recorder, and Lucinda Carver, harpsichord.
Antonini is founder of the highly regarded Il Giardino Armonico baroque ensemble, which he has led since 1989. These concerts mark his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut.
GIOVANNI ANTONINI has appeared with Il Giardino Armonico as conductor and soloist on recorder and baroque transverse flute in Europe, United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia. He has performed with many prestigious artists such as Christoph Prégardien, Christophe Coin, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, and Giuliano Carmignola. His collaboration with Cecilia Bartoli for "The Vivaldi Album" won him a Grammy award in 2000. Antonini is a regular visitor to many festivals, including the Salzburg Easter and Whitsunday Festivals. At the latter (in 1998) he conducted the world première of F.B. Conti's oratorio Il martirio di San Lorenzo. Antonini is also a regular guest conductor of the Milan Bach Festival. Antonini is in great demand as a guest conductor, appearing with orchestras including the Camerata Salzburg, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica of Tenerife, Orquesta Sinfonica of Galicia, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In 2005 he conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Viktoria Mullova to great acclaim. Antonini's latest CD of Vivaldi Violin Concertos with Mullova, has won the prestigious Diapason d'Or 2005 for Baroque instrumental music. Sir Simon Rattle invited Antonini to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2004 in works from the Classical and Baroque periods.
Violinist CAMILLE AVELLANO joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1981 and plays in the first violin section. Avellano, whose mother is a cellist and father the principal bass player of the Chicago Symphony, made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony at age 13. She received her bachelor's degree cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. She was concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has played with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, and the Rochester Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, Avellano has been a frequent performer on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society series, playing with André Previn, Isaac Stern, and Bernard Greenhouse, and she also appears often on Philharmonic New Music Group programs. Following the 1992 Salzburg Festival, she was a member of the Philharmonic contingent that performed and served as faculty at the Festival Bahnhof Rolandseck in Bonn, Germany. From 1994 to 1997 she was a professor of violin and chamber music at UCLA.
LUCINDA CARVER enjoys a prominent career as a pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor. As Music Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra from 1992-2001, Carver garnered critical praise for her stylistic interpretations of music from the Classical era. While a Fulbright Fellow to Austria, she concertized extensively throughout Europe under the auspices of the Fulbright and Austrian-American Educational Commissions. Carver's guest-conducting credits include appearances with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Richmond Symphony. Active in both the symphonic and operatic arenas, she has conducted productions for the New York City Opera, the Minnesota Opera/St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Virginia Opera/Virginia Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City/Kansas City Symphony, as well as concert versions of several Mozart operas with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the Capella Salisburgensis, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the South Coast Symphony, and the Manhattan Philharmonic and has been featured as pianist and harpsichordist in solo and chamber music recitals at the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, the Prince George Music Festival, the Long Beach Bach Festival, and the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival. Lucinda Carver earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Salzburg Mozarteum, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. She was a piano student of Murray Perahia, John Perry, Hans Leygraf, and Gary Graffman. In the fall of 1998 she joined the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she teaches piano, harpsichord, and conducting.
Violinist INGRID KUO CHUN was born in Taiwan to a family of musicians and began her music studies at age five on violin and piano. After winning the Taiwan National Competition, she immigrated to the U.S. and studied with Almita Vamos and Alice Schoenfeld. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. Chun has received numerous honors and awards from various organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Young Musicians Foundation. In addition, she has participated in the Aspen and Taos Music Festivals and was chosen to perform with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider. Chun was a member of the Pacific Symphony for one season before winning her current position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also maintains a regular performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. Moreover, she is an accomplished player of the Chinese violin, the er-hu, and enjoys arranging and improvising on piano and her five-string electric violin. Chun can also be heard on her solo CD of popular hymns, "What A Friend," which has been well-received worldwide.
JANET FERGUSON joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Flutist in February 1985, with her chair being endowed in 1997 as the Henry Mancini Chair. Prior to her Los Angeles appointment, she played Principal Flute with the San Antonio Symphony for over ten years. She also held the Principal Flute position with the Chautauqua Symphony from 1982 to 1984, as well as playing Principal Flute with the New York Philharmonic occasionally during its 1982/1983 season and throughout its 1983 West Coast Tour. As a soloist, Ferguson has been heard in recital and as a guest artist with ensembles throughout the country. She won acclaim for her performance of Nielsen's Flute Concerto at Los Angeles Philharmonic subscription concerts in January 1999, in collaboration with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. In August of 1999, at the Hollywood Bowl with Salonen conducting, she was heard in three movements of the Bach/Mahler "Suite." She made her Hollywood Bowl solo debut in August 1991 under the direction of John Williams, and in February 1995 she performed in the world premiere of Steven Stucky's Concerto for Two Flutes. Janet Ferguson has also recorded extensively with the Philharmonic, most recently on the Sony Classical label, but also for Telarc, Philips, and RCA Victor. Ferguson and her husband John are proud parents of two daughters. Hope was born in July 1992; Grace Noel was born in February 1996, just five days after Ferguson recorded Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune with the Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, INGA FUNCK grew up in a musical family and played recorder from early childhood. She studied historical recorders and flutes with Peter Holtslag at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, and participated in many workshops throughout Europe. Funck has been featured in solo performances and period instrument ensembles in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Aspiring to find a balance of appreciating the past while engaging the present, she sets high standards in the authenticity of her early music performances and at the same time is expanding the musical dimension of the recorder into modern days. Prior performance with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic have included the contemporary piece by György Kurtág, Quasi una fantasia, and she was recently heard as a member of Les Folies, a recorder ensemble, playing at the Microfest at REDCAT. Funck also concertizes with Musica Angelica, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Musica Viva, South West Chamber Music, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and can be heard on recordings with Ensemble de' Medici. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of the Arts and teaches private lessons.
KRISTINE HEDWALL began violin studies at a Suzuki academy in Chicago when she was four years old, and soon thereafter began her performing career. She appeared with that Suzuki ensemble throughout the Midwest, on various television talk shows, and on tours of Europe. While living in Sarasota, Florida she was a five-time winner of the Florida West Coast Symphony Young Artists Competition. At age 13, she became the youngest member of the Florida West Coast Symphony; she subsequently appeared as a soloist with several regional orchestras. Following her graduation from high school the young violinist attended Yehudi Menuhin's academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. She went on to study at Indiana University and the New England Conservatory, where she was a pupil of James Buswell, and with Zvi Zeitlin at the Music Academy of the West. During her final year at the Conservatory she was a prize-winner in the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition in the spring of 1990. In August of 1990, she won a position with Orange County's Pacific Symphony and three months later won a position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed on Philharmonic Chamber Music Society programs and in the Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series.
MARION ARTHUR KUSZYK joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Principal Oboe at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1995. Originally from the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, Kuszyk received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Kuszyk was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for five years (associate principal oboe and acting principal oboe) and taught oboe at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She has made concerto appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Kansas City Camerata, and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with the Boston Symphony (as guest principal oboe), the Virginia Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra, and the Summerfest Chamber Music series in Kansas City. Since 1999, she has been a member of the Grant Teton Music Festival Orchestra, occupying the principal oboe chair since 2000. Kuszyk is also a founding member of the Wind from the Plains reed trio, which received first prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs competition in 1994. She is presently a faculty member at UCLA.
Violinist LYNDON JOHNSTON TAYLOR comes from a family of musical excellence. While his parents performed as duo pianists, he and his siblings concertized as the Taylor String Quartet, appearing extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including performances at over 50 colleges and universities, and on national radio and TV in Great Britain, Sweden, and Norway. While in secondary school, Taylor received training from America's top string quartets. Taylor earned a B.S. in chemistry and obtained graduate training in medicine and cell biology in preparation for a career in medical research. But after two years in an MD-PhD program, he recognized his passion for music and obtained a teaching position at the University of Redlands. He completed the Master of Music degree from California State University Northridge and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Juilliard School under the direction of Dorothy DeLay, where he received the Fritz Kreisler Scholarship. Taylor has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, among them the Coleman Chamber Music Award, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Soloist Auditions, the Joseph Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Lipizer International Competition (Italy), and the 2000 Adventist Alumni Achievement Award for the Arts. Taylor's orchestral career began as concertmaster of both the Redlands and Riverside Symphony Orchestras. He was also a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Taylor is now principal second violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which affords him the privilege of playing their 1728 "Perkins" Stradivarius violin. Concurrently, he is on the faculty of University of Southern California. He resides in San Marino with his wife Elizabeth and daughters Kathryn and Elissa.
DAVID WASHBURN, trumpet, has numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit. Some of his recordings include principal trumpet on The Legend of Zorro, Troy, The Missing, Radio, Jungle Book II, Holes, A Beautiful Mind, Windtalkers, The Grinch, The Perfect Storm, Titanic, and Deep Impact. Washburn is a member of the faculties at Chapman University, Biola University, and University of California, Irvine. He has also served as principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and held teaching positions at Cal State University Northridge, Redlands University, Idyllwild School of the Performing Arts, and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He has been a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the La Jolla Music Festival, the Music @ Menlo Festival, the University of California Irvine Symphony, the South Bay Chamber Orchestra, the Glendale Symphony, the Bach Camerata, the California Philharmonic, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, and the Burbank Symphony.
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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
FRIDAY, MAY 26 AT 8 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 28 AT 7:30 PM
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
GIOVANNI ANTONINI, conductor and recorder
BACH Brandenburg Concertos (complete)
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