At IMG Artists, VC Artist Tessa Lark joins a roster of violinists that include Hilary Hahn, Christian Li, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Julia Fischer, and Johan Dalene.
“Signing with Alison Heather and IMG Artists is a dream come true for so many reasons," Lark commented. "IMGA brings an unparalleled breadth of relationships with the greatest artists and venues in the world, and I am over-the-moon honoured to now be part of that incredible network and their star-studded roster.
"I’m excited to develop and expand my international presence while also continuing to foster new and lasting artistic relationships stateside in collaboration with Alison and IMGA," she added. "I have such deep respect for Alison and am so grateful for the wisdom and care she has already given to me and my career; but what’s perhaps most exciting to me is how naturally and happily our partnership has evolved. Simply put, it’s felt right from the get-go, and I can’t wait to see what heights we’ll reach together.”
A graduate of the New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Miriam Fried, Lucy Chapman, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Ida Kavafian, Lark is a former major prize winner at the Indianapolis, Michael Hill, and Naumburg International Violin Competitions.
She is also the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and one of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Emerging Artist Awards, the Hunt Family Award. In 2020, she was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category.
Her solo engagements include performances with the Cincinnati Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony. Last year, she made her debut on the first season of Violin Channel Vanguard Concerts.
Tessa's newest recording, The Stradgrass Sessions, is scheduled for release in 2022 and includes collaborations with composer-performers Jon Batiste, Edgar Meyer, Michael Cleveland, and Sierra Hulland; the premiere recording of John Corigliano’s solo violin composition STOMP.
“I am thrilled to welcome Tessa to the IMGA roster. Her extraordinary ability to embrace different sound worlds is captivating; her superb technique provides a substructure for truly exceptional music-making," Alison Heather said. "She is a delight to work with and brings joy to every stage she graces. I was entranced by her performance the very first time I heard her, and am delighted now to have the opportunity to work with her and help her build her career.”