ABOUT

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The Lyris Quartet, described as "radiant…excellent... and powerfully engaged" by Mark Swed of the LA Times, was founded in 2008. The founding of Lyris was the culmination of years of collaboration between its members in many different ensembles in Los Angeles. The individual members of the quartet have won top prizes at such competitions as the Tchaikosvky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival as well as collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.

They have collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Krystof Penderecki, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Paquito D'Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, Gerard Schurmann, and Billy Childs.

They have appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy nominated groups Ablsolute Ensemble and Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others.

In Los Angeles, Lyris has performed at the Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, and Disney Hall. They opened the Long Beach Opera’s production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with a featured performance of the “Intimate Letters” quartet and performed the west coast premiere of David Lang's "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field." Other performances have included the South Bay Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles Music Guild, Annenberg Series, and Chamber Music Palisades. This year will mark their third season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda:Music at the Edge.

The Lyris Quartet also helps to curate the new music series "Hear Now" which helps to promote the music of Los Angeles composers. They have just completed their first album for Toccata Classics which will be released next year.

EVENTS

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2013
LONG BEACH OPERA
January 05, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
February 01, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
February 02, 2014
ANNENBERG BEACH SERIES
February 11, 2014
JACARANDA
March 08, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
March 16, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
March 22, 2014
JACARANDA
April 05, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
May 04, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
May 10, 2014
JACARANDA
May 10, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
June 22, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
June 28, 2014
LONG BEACH OPERA
June 29, 2014
PEOPLE INSIDE ELECTRONICS
October 08, 2013
JACARANDA
October 19, 2013
JACARANDA
November 09, 2013
SOUTH BAY CHAMBER MUSIC
December 13, 2013
SOUTH BAY CHAMBER MUSIC
December 15, 2013

BIOGRAPHY

ALYSSA PARK Violin
LUKE MAURER Viola
SHALINI VIJAYAN Violin
TIMOTHY LOO Cello

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Violinist Alyssa Park established an enviable international reputation at age sixteen for being the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Ms. Park has made numerous recital and orchestral appearances since her professional debut at age eleven with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

She has appeared with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Symphony, Barcelona Orchestra, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Hamburg Philharmonic. She also performed with the orchestras of Sydney, Adelaide, and Tasmania, Australia. Other seasons included performances in Asia with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, and the Singapore Symphony. She also made her debut at Italy's Ravello Festival and Holland's Royal Concertgebouw.

An avid chamber musician as well, Ms. Park has been a frequent guest at major festivals including Ludwisburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Weilburg, Passau, Frankfurt, Montpellier, France, Brahms festival in Madrid, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Prague Summer Festival, and Oregon Festival of American Music.

Violist Luke Maurer, a native of Santa Barbara, California, began his musical studies on the violin with his father. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California studying with Donald McInnes and Ralph Fielding. Mr. Maurer participated in master classes with the Juilliard, Ysaye and Takacs Quartets, and attended summer festivals at the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

He performs extensively throughout Southern California as an orchestral and chamber musician. He is a member of the Pacific Symphony and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, Mr. Maurer has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Mr. Mauer is member of the Pacific Symphony and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also served as guest principal violist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan.

Violinist Shalini Vijayan, deemed "a vibrant violinist" by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times is an established performer and collaborator on both coasts. Always an advocate for modern music, Shalini was a founding member and is Principal Second Violin of Kristjan Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble, having recorded several albums with them including 2001 Grammy nominee, Absolution. As a part of Absolute, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, most notably in London's Barbican Hall and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

A member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida from 1998-2001, Shalini served as concertmaster for Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Reinbert de Leeuw and Oliver Knussen. She was also concertmaster for the world premiere performances and recording of Steven Mackey's Tuck and Roll for RCA records in 2000.

In Los Angeles, Shalini is featured regularly with Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music and can be heard on their Complete Chamber Works of Carlos Chávez, Vol. 3. She is also a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and was Principal Second Violin of the Opera Pacific Orchestra from 2003 to 2008.

Cellist Timothy Loo joined the Lyris Quartet in 2008. A passionate chamber musician, he founded his first quartet, the Denali Quartet, in 1999 while pursuing his Advanced Studies in Cello with Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Denali quartet, he participated in masterclasses with the Julliard, Vermeer, and Takacs Quartets. In 1999, Mr. Loo co-founded Mladi, Los Angeles' conductorless chamber orchestra. He performed with this group until 2008.

Mr. Loo has performed in the masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Leonard, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Franz Helmerson, and Bernhard Greenhouse. Mr. Loo has won positions in both Philharmonie der Nationen in Hamburg, Germany, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and New West Symphony.

He has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale and is currently the principal cellist of the Long Beach Opera Orchestra.

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Joseph Haydn
Quartet No.5 Op.76 Allegretto

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Allegretto movement from Joseph Haydn's Quartet No.5 Op.76

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Maurice Ravel
Quartet in F Major Vif et agite

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Vif et agite movement from Maurice Ravel's Quartet in F Major

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Philip Glass
Quartet No.5 Movement IV

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The Lyris Quartet performs movement IV from Philip Glass' Quartet in No.5
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Quartet No.5 Movement IV

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The Lyris Quartet performs movement V from Philip Glass' Quartet in No.5
Felix Mendelssohn
Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80 Allegro vivace assai

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Allegro vivace assai movement from Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80
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Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80 Allegro assai

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Allegro assai movement from Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80

NEWS

Special HEAR NOW event in Feb 2014

01 SEPTEMBER 2013

Lyris Quartet & Steve Reich

15 AUGUST 2013

Gerard Schurmann Recordings

01 AUGUST 2013

Lyris Quartet at Long Beach Opera

01 JULY 2013

Quartet in Residence for JACARANDA

01 JUNE 2013

3rd Annual HEAR NOW Music Festival

01 MAY 2013

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