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Tereza Stanislav

assistant concertmaster

Violinist Tereza Stanislav was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2003 by music director Jeffrey Kahane. Dividing her time among orchestral, solo, chamber and recording projects, Tereza has been hailed for her “expressive beauty and wonderful intensity” (Robert Mann) and her “sure technique and musical intelligence” (Calgary Herald), “magisterial”, and has “held the audience rapt” (LA Times).

An active performer, Tereza was the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the 2012 world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Benjamin Wallfisch about which the Los Angeles Times wrote: “she gave a magisterial rendition”. She has appeared in venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, the Ravinia Music Festival, Bravo! Vail, the Chautauqua Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, La Jolla Summerfest, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Center in Canada, St. Barth’s Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed in concert with artists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gilbert Kalish, Jon Kimura Parker, Jian Wang and Colin Currie. In 2004, Tereza released a CD in collaboration with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen.

Tereza has joined the Miró Quartet on several extensive tours in 2009 and 2011, that have taken them to Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Kennedy Center, Maverick Concerts, Sprague Concert Hall at Yale University, as well as many others.

In 2010, Tereza served as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Plácido Domingo. In 2009, Tereza was invited to be the Chamber Music Collaborator for Sonata Programs and a member of the jury for the Sixth Esther Honens International Piano Competition.

As a founding member of the Grammy® nominated Ensō String Quartet, Tereza was awarded the Second Prize of the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and led the quartet to win the Special Prize awarded for best performance of the “Pièce de Concert”, commissioned for the competition. The quartet was a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild, Chamber Music Yellow Springs and Fischoff competitions. The Strad magazine cited the quartet for “…totally committed, imaginative interpretation that emphasized contrasts of mood, dynamics and articulation.”

With the Ensō, Tereza is featured on the Naxos recording of the complete Ignaz Pleyel quartets, Op.2. The quartet was highlighted on the Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday in 2004 and was appointed to a Lectureship in String Quartet at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in the 2004-2005 academic year.

An advocate for new music, Tereza traveled to Israel to represent the United States as the violinist in the New Juilliard Ensemble at the World Composer’s Symposium, under the direction of Dr. Joel Sachs. She has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Joan Tower, Toshio Hosokawa, Gunther Schuller and Louis Andriessen. World premieres include Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet (2009) with Julie Landsman, Louis Andriessen’s The City of Dis (2007) as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (2009) and the West Coast premieres of Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She is featured on a new recording of the Wolfgang on Albany Records and the Reich on Nonesuch label.

Tereza holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University where she studied with Miriam Fried, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School where her teachers were Robert Mann and Felix Galimir and where she served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra. As Concertmaster of the Festival Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence in 1999, she received intensive orchestral and chamber music coaching from the late Isaac Stern. Tereza also completed quartet residencies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of the Vermeer Quartet and at Rice University.

Tereza enjoys being active in educational outreach and has participated in several seminars of the LA Phil’s Young Composer Fellowship Program, collaborated with educator Robert Kapilow of NPR’s program, “What Makes It Great?” and musicologist Robert Winter of UCLA. With the Ensō Quartet, she performed over 100 outreach concerts for schoolchildren in the greater Chicago area in 2001-2003.

Tereza was invited to perform at the 2002 G-8 World Summit held in Kananaskis, Canada where she performed for Presidents Jacques Chirac and George W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien.

In 2000, Tereza was awarded the highest grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the category for Professional Musicians (Individuals) in Classical Music.

She is active in the film scoring industry in Los Angeles and in 2009, co-created the new music series, In Frequency.

Tereza Stanislav

photo Michael Miller