Saint John's Episcopal Church Getty Square
Candlelight Concert Series
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Beethoven and Mendelssohn String Quartets:
String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet in a minor, Op. 13
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Jessica Park and Chiara Stauffer, violins
Judith Insell, viola
Benjamin Larsen, cello
Refreshments following in the Narthex
JESSICA PARK, VIOLIN
Praised as an “exceptional talent” by the Frankfurter Neue Presse, violinist Jessica Park captivates audiences from New York to Seoul with a diverse and compelling array of solo and chamber music performances. Equally at home on both modern and baroque violins, Ms. Park is in high demand as an interpreter of baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire.
Jessica Park can be heard performing with the country’s premier period instrument ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and New York Baroque Incorporated; as well as contemporary ensembleslike the American Composers Orchestra, Mise-En Ensemble, and Ensemble LPR. In 2017, Ms. Park founded the Cramer Quartet, a period instrument string quartet performing classical and early romantic works
A native of Cincinnati, Ms. Park moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School. Ms. Park’s principal teachers include Mark Steinberg, Ronald Copes, Hyo Kang, and Robert Mealy.
CHIARA FASANI STAUFFER
Swiss violinist Chiara Fasani Stauffer enjoys playing music ranging from the Baroque to the twenty-first century and has had the privilege of performing across three continents. Since relocating to the US in 2012, Ms. Fasani co-founded Time Canvas, a trio performing chamber music and improvisation. In Cleveland she played with the chamber orchestra CityMusic Cleveland and the new music group FiveOne Experimental Orchestra. Most recently Ms. Fasani has been pursuing a second master’s degree in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. As a baroque violinist she has performed with groups such as Apollo’s Fire and the Washington Bach Consort.
JUDITH INSELL, VIOLA
Judith Insell is an active violist on the classical, jazz, Broadway, rock and pop music scenes. She is currently a member of the Greenwich Symphony, has played for numerous orchestras in Broadway shows including: Les Miserable (25th Anniversary Edition), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, An American in Paris, and performs regularly as a jazz violist worldwide. Past collaborations include performances/recordings with Beyonce, India.Arie, Joe, Roberta Flack, Dead Presidents, John Cale, Suzanne Vega, the New Jersey Symphony, The National Chorale Orchestra, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Greg Osby, Miquel Zenon, Larry Harlow, and Elio Villafranca.
As a Music Education Administrator, Ms. Insell is currently the Director of the School for Performing Arts at Bronx House and has previously held the positions of Director of Music Programs for Bronx Arts Ensemble, Director of Music at the Harlem School of the Arts and Assistant Director of Instrumental Studies at Mannes College, The New School for Music.
BEN LARSEN, CELLO
Known for the energy he brings to his playing cellist Benjamin Larsen has forged a reputation as an avid chamber musician in the New York City area. His knack for adventurous programming comes through in his work as Artistic Director of the series Concerts on the Slope and in the projects that he spearheads, working with some of today’s most notable composers, including Robert Sirota, Reena Esmail, Tania Leon, Ke-Chia Chen and many others. In 2016, Larsen launched a project with flutist Martha Cargo, Pieces of Eight, which is comprised of eight commissioned works by eight different composers for Flute-Cello duo. The project promotes the genre and provides the opportunity to work closely with composers of various generational and cultural backgrounds. He has also performed alongside members of the Emerson, American, Chiara and Tokyo quartets, as wells as Daniel Epstein, Vicky Chow, Ian Rosenbaum, Eriko Sato and Linda Chesis.
Mr. Larsen is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship, as well as the 2011 Pablo Casals Award. His past mentors have included Julia Lichten, David Finckel and Eric Dahlin, as well as lessons with Marta Istomin and Bonnie Hampton. He spent a year playing with the band The Left Banke, and attended summer festivals including Pacific Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Castleman’s Quartet Program. In addition to his busy performance schedule, he holds a private teaching studio in addition to faculty positions at Music School of Westchester, DZ Strad Violin Shop and Florentine Music School. He plays on a 19th century anonymous cello.