Kentucky violinist Tessa Lark gained international attention in June 2011 by winning first prize in the Naumburg Competition. Established in 1926, the Naumburg international competitions have been described by The New York Times as "the most prestigious of them all."
Philanthropist Walter Naumburg believed that such competitions were not only for the benefit of new stars, but very much for those talented young artists who would become prime movers in the development of the highest standards of musical excellence throughout America.
The solo competition disciplines rotate from year to year, encompassing piano, violin, and voice.
Earlier this month, Ms. Lark performed in Louisville, playing the Mendelssohn Concerto as a featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra. While she was in town, The Kentucky Center created a Gheens Artist Residency for her, so she could perform for and work with local string students.
Students at Butler High School, Western Middle, Lincoln Elementary and Seneca High School got to interact with this world-class young artist, ask questions about her life and career, and even play ensemble pieces for her, gaining valuable feedback.
This program was sponsored by the Gheens Foundation.
Learn more about The Kentucky Center’s award-winning Education and Community Arts programs by visiting our website.
Photo: Tessa Lark plays alonside students at Butler High School.