Recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She is praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating interpretations, and multi-genre programming and performance.
Tessa has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. As part of Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series, she performed in February 2017 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Highlights of her 2016-17 season included a recital with pianist Peter Klimo at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht and concerto engagements with the Alabama, Richardson, Valdosta, and South Florida symphonies; the Evansville and Lexington philharmonics; the Gettysburg and Mission chamber orchestras; and the Symphony of Westchester.
Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Tessa performs bluegrass and Appalachian music regularly. She premiered her own Appalachian Fantasy as part of her Carnegie recital, where she also gave the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Spoon Bread, written specifically for her stylistic capabilities.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Tessa’s mentors include Cathy McGlasson, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Miriam Fried, and Lucy Chapman. She plays the 1683 “ex- Gingold” Stradivari violin on generous loan from the Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.