Violinist Tessa Lark embarks on an enchanted journey with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Clemens Schuldt, performing the UK premiere of Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ A Portrait of a Lady by Swan Lake. The concert, at London’s The Barbican on Friday, 3 March, also features musical fairy tales from Tchaikovsky (selection from Swan Lake) and Zemlinsky (Die Seejungfrau, The Mermaid).

The orchestra writes: “A misty lake, a doomed love, a swan princess…Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one of those stories that lingers in the imagination. Today, conductor Clemens Schuldt follows it with two more fairytales: Zemlinsky’s sumptuous re-telling of The Little Mermaid and, for the first time in the UK, a new re-interpretation of Swan Lake by Victoria Borisova-Ollas.

“Swan Lake, says Borisova-Ollas, is ’a story that has it all’. The central role in her new concerto is taken by the glowing, endlessly expressive violin of Tessa Lark and the result…well, come and surrender to its spell. And then dive into the lush, passionately romantic world of Alexander von Zemlinsky: if you love Mahler or Richard Strauss, he’ll sweep you off your feet.”

Violinist Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time, consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance.

Tessa has been a featured soloist at numerous U.S. orchestras, recital venues, and festivals since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. She has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; the Louisville Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic; the Albany, Indianapolis, Knoxville and Seattle symphonies; and has been presented by such venues as Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Music Center at Strathmore, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, San Francisco Performances, Ravinia, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Australia’s Musica Viva Festival, and the Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Bridgehampton, and La Jolla summer festivals.

Tessa plays a ca. 1600 G.P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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Photo: Benjamin Allen