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"Handel's Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 6, revealed the broader sweep of this composer's art, heightened by violinist Alana Youssefian's wildfire improvisations, so startling that one induced a smile of admiration from a fellow soloist."
- New Zealand Herald
Tuesday, December 31 at 9 pm
Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts
On New Year’s Eve in 2019, Ars Lyrica celebrates the legacy of Antonio Vivaldi and his Venetian predecessors with a program of virtuosic concertos for flute and equally flamboyant works for one, two, and three solo violins. Our festive “Venetian Carnival” evening begins with a three-course dinner and concludes with a lively post-concert party with DJ and dancing. Join us for any or all of these activities and ring in the new year with Ars Lyrica!
SOLOISTS & FEATURED ARTISTS
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Colin St-Martin, who since childhood was interested in 17th and 18th century European culture, began playing the traverso at the age of 14. His studies took him to Brussels, Belgium, where he obtained a First Prize (bachelor of music) from the Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of the renowned master, Bart Kuijken. He returned to the US to complete graduate work at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. Currently, Mr St-Martin is busy as a performer and recording artist with many early music ensembles across the US in addition to being sought after as a master teacher.
A native of New Jersey, violinist Alana Youssefian has quickly forged a reputation as an engaging and spirited soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. Ms. Youssefian has performed internationally as a concertmaster and soloist, in addition to holding engagements at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Herbst Theater, Kimmel Center, The Mann Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Her performances have garnered acclaim in Early Music America, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, New Zealand Herald, and other publications. Recent engagements as concerto soloist include Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica Houston, and Voices of Music. She has also performed with Bach Colleguim Japan, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, Sonnambula, Les Arts Florissants at Dans le Jardin de William Christie, The Helicon Foundation, Bach Society Houston, Mercury, and Teatro Nuovo as associate concertmaster. Her upcoming album, Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV, is currently in production with Swineshead Productions, LLC. Ms. Youssefian was named an American Fellow of The English Concert and Juilliard Fellow of Mercury in 2018. As winner of The Juilliard School's 2017 Historical Performance Concerto Competition, she performed Vivaldi's "Il Grosso Mogul" concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan at Alice Tully Hall. She has performed with Juilliard415 as concertmaster and soloist on several occasions, including their tours of India and New Zealand. Residencies include Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Summer 2018, and Seabury Academy of Music from 2013-2018. Recent tours include US/Canada and Poland with Bach Collegium Japan. Ms. Youssefian studied with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and completed a master’s degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Kenneth Goldsmith. She most recently graduated from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance Program in Spring 2018, where she studied with Cynthia Roberts, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Rachel Podger. In her free time, Ms. Youssefian enjoys spending time with her partner Jared and their cats Jimmy and Django, reading thriller books, and rocking out to The Rolling Stones.
Widely admired as a Baroque violinist of expressive eloquence and technical sparkle, Elizabeth Blumenstock is a long-time concertmaster with the Bay Area's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists, concertmaster of the International Handel Festival Orchestra in Goettingen, Germany, and Artistic Director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival in Orange County, California. Her love of chamber music has involved her in several accomplished and interesting smaller ensembles including Galax Quartet, Live Oak Baroque, Sarasa, and Voices of Music. Ms. Blumenstock teaches regularly for the Juilliard Historical Performance program, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the American Bach Soloists' summer Festival and Academy, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. She plays a 1660 Andrea Guarneri violin built in Cremona, Italy, on generous permanent loan to her from the Philharmonia Baroque Period Instrument Trust.