Program

J.S. Bach

Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1027

Jessica Meyer

Vor Eternity

Benjamin Britten

Lachrymae, Op. 48

Kurt Rohde

Six Character Pieces for Viola and Piano

Robert Schumann

Märchenbilder Op. 113 for Piano and Viola

Event Info

Violist Jessica Thompson presents a faculty recital, with pianist Andrea Lam.

About the Artist:

Violist Jessica Thompson is a passionate chamber musician who performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad as a member of the Daedalus Quartet. The quartet, Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition and resident quartet at Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two from 2005-07, is currently in residence at the University of Pennsylvania. As a member of Daedalus, Thompson has premiered works by such composers as Fred Lerdahl, Joan Tower, Richard Wernick, and Lawrence Dillon. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed at numerous festivals, including the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Halcyon Music Festival (Portsmouth, NH), the Newport Music Festival, and the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. She performs often as a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

Jessica Thompson has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and in recital in cities such as Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Karen Tuttle, and currently teaches at Princeton and Columbia Universities.

Pronounced a “real talent” by The Wall Street Journal, Australian-born pianist Andrea Lam is earning consistent acclaim as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician for her “melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence” (The Australian).

Andrea made her concerto debut at age 13 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and since then she has given over 80 performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Japan, and Hong Kong, with conductors including Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, and Christopher Hogwood. A keen chamber musician, Andrea is the pianist of the Claremont Trio and has collaborated with artists including the Takács, Calidore, and Australian String Quartets, Anthony McGill, Ani Kavafian, Misha Amory, Tara O’Connor, and Matt Haimovitz. Her discography includes two Mozart Concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for ABC Classics, a Beethoven disc with the Claremont Trio for Bridge Records, and Kernis’ First Club Date with Matt Haimovitz for Pentatone. She has premiered works by Sean Shepherd, Gabriela Lena Frank, Judd Greenstein, Helen Grime, Robert Paterson, Kati Agócs, and Aaron Jay Kernis. Andrea was a semifinalist in the Van Cliburn Competition, Silver Medalist in the San Antonio Competition, is an alumnus of Astral Artists, and a recipient of Salon de Virtuosi Grant.

Andrea holds degrees from Yale School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and has given masterclasses at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University, Texas State University, and in San Miguel de Allende. A native of Sydney, Australia, Andrea was featured in two nationally televised programs, including Andrea’s Concerto, documenting her life as a young pianist and her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She is currently based in NYC and is a proud mother to her four-year-old son and eight-year-old dog. For more information, please visit www.andrealam.com and www.claremonttrio.com