Tessa Lark, violin
In 2016, Tessa was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant!
Tessa Lark (violin), most recently appeared on Show 286 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Check out this great video of Tessa and fellow From the Top alums working with students in Rowan County, Kentucky, after the show.
Show 286 bio:
Tessa Lark appeared on From the Top twice before, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2003 and then in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2011. She started playing violin at age 6, studying with Cathy McGlasson. At age 11, Tessa began 6 years of violin studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) through the Starling Preparatory String Project. Through June 2006, Tessa was concertmaster of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at CCM, toured southern China with them in 2001, performed with them at Aspen in 2002 and 2004, and performed with them in Germany, Austria, and Russia in 2003 and in London in 2004. A graduate of New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied from 2006-2012 with Miriam Fried, Lucy Chapman, and Paul Biss. Recent awards include top prize at the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and in 2012 she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York. Tessa has also played with Narrow Road, a Kentucky Gospel Bluegrass Band.