Tessa Lark, violin

Photo Credit: Lauren Desberg

Tessa 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. In 2020 she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category, and she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. 
Highlights of Tessa’s 2023-24 season include the world premiere of Carlos Izcaray’s Violin Concerto and performances of Michael Torke’s violin concerto, Sky – both pieces written for her – as well as her European orchestral debut with the Stuttgart Philharmonic. She also performs with the Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, England’s City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and others; and gives duo concerts with double bassist Michael Thurber and jazz guitarist Frank Vignola.  

Tessa’s newest album, The Stradgrass Sessions, was released this past spring. Her debut commercial recording was the Grammy-nominated SKY, and her discography also includes Fantasy; Invention, recorded with Michael Thurber; and a live recording of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

 In addition to her performance schedule, Tessa champions young aspiring artists and supports the next generation of musicians through her work as Co-host/Creative of NPR’s From the Top.  

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

Upcoming Performances:

Sep 10 – Ranch Benefit Concert: Stradgrass

Sep 11 – Grotto III: Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries

Sep 11-14 – Cataract Canyon Musical Raft Trip