With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-bending trio brings the refinement of a rigorous classical background and infuses it with rock star charisma. Whether performing their take on pop, jazz, or classical tunes, they bring enthusiasm to their interpretations and impart their love of music to audiences across the country and abroad.
LINDSAY DEUTSCH, Violin
With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, LINDSAY DEUTSCH, is a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene. She has thrilled audiences world-wide with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship.
Lindsay Deutsch is presently touring as a solo violinist with Yanni having just finished up tours with him throughout North America, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Abu Dhabi. Future tours will include Indonesia, China and more.
Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and artistic director of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, says of Lindsay, “A conductor dreams about finding a soloist who understands the essential responsibility of helping change a large community’s view of classical music. In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”
Deutsch frequently appears as guest soloist with American and Canadian symphonies. Her performance of Astor Piazzolla “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, was selected for NPR’s Symphony Cast Program. Her movie credits include playing the solo violin sound track for the movie, “The Good Shepherd” starring Robert De Niro.
Ms. Deutsch received her education from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied under Robert Lipsett. Lindsay Deutsch plays on an 1845 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin.
Lauren Jelencovich, Voice
LAUREN JELENCOVICH Has garnered great acclaim for her affecting and sparkling portrayals of opera and musical theater roles throughout the United States and abroad. She is currently on tour with Yanni as his featured vocalist and can be seen and heard on his DVDs, CDs, and PBS Specials including “Live at El Morro”, “World Without Borders” and “The Dream Concert” which was filmed and performed in front of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. Lauren is featured on his album, Inspirato, singing Usignolo (Nightingale) alongside artists Plácido Domingo and Renèe Fleming.
Ms. Jelencovich made her Off-Broadway debut in The Music Teacher, by Wallace Shawn, and appeared at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in A Little Night Music, directed by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. She has performed at venues including Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Lauren was the winner of Ed McMahon’s Star Search and Andrea Bocelli’s World Scholarship. She was featured in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen Magazine. The Yanni tour was brought to Saudi Arabia, where Lauren was the first woman in recent history to sing on stage for a mixed audience of men and women. It was the first time that families could come together to see a concert. She says it was one of the most moving moments she has ever experienced on stage.
Lauren is currently writing and working on a new album. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and her solo album, Wildest Dreams, can be bought on iTunes or through her website, www.laurenjelencovich.com!
Lila Yang, Cello
Born and raised in Southern California, LILA YANG began her cello studies at the age of six. Her love for music grew rapidly as she toured throughout Indonesia, Thailand, and Korea with her mentor, Professor Bong Shin Ko, during her elementary years. After receiving numerous awards and extensive training in chamber, orchestral and solo repertoire Yang made her first debut with the USC orchestra at Colburn Zipper Hall under the mentorship of Professor Jun Joon Sung in 2007.
Lila received scholarship to attend The Juilliard School in 2008 under the tutelage of David Soyer, widely considered to be the foremost master of cello pedagogy and distinguished pupil of Pablo Casals. Her Juilliard string trio toured internationally to give masterclasses, fundraising concerts, and perform for the Peace Corps and Embassy in Costa Rica in 2011. Ms. Yang’s chamber and orchestral performances have taken her to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as stages across Germany, Spain, and France.
Ms. Yang is passionate about promoting Classical music to the younger generation of listeners as well as bringing it to less-reached communities throughout the world. Ms.Yang serves as faculty at DBHS, Cal State Music Clinic, HOPE, OCCE, and Junior Chamber Music. Lila is recognized most for her “eloquent phrasing, and unique singing tone” and remains an active soloist, chamber musician, freelance orchestra musician, music outreach advocate, and teacher.
Irene Kim, Piano
American pianist IRENE KIM has been praised for her "vitality and charm" and "authoritative inevitability" by the Peninsula Review and her "superior technique and delicate sensibility" by the Korea Times. Her performances have been heard across North America and Europe in recitals, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist with top orchestras around the globe.
Having garnered the Franz Liszt First Prize in the Liszt-Garrison International Young Artist competition and top prizes in the Carmel Music Society, Korean Concert Society, Yale Gordon Concerto, and Russell C. Wonderlic competitions amongst others, she gave subsequent performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Centro Cultural del Antiguo Instituto, Luckman Theatre, and the Library of Congress. Irene has also made appearances at the Banff Centre for the Arts Festival, Gijón International Piano Festival, Piano Festival Northwest, Seminars at the Colburn School, Columbia Chalice Concert Series, An die Musik LIVE, American Liszt Society Conferences, and also as a member of the Young Artists Guild.
Irene’s professional training has been centered at the Peabody Conservatory, where she recently received her Doctorate in Musical Arts.
Christopher O’Riley, Piano
Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. His repertoire spans a kaleidoscopic array of music from the pre-baroque to present- day. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.
Now in his fifteenth year on air, Christopher O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week on From the Top, broadcast by 250 stations across the United States. O’Riley also hosted the Emmy Award-winning television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Béla Fleck, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Sir James Galway, Michael Feinstein, and many more.
Christopher O’Riley has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. He led the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on a two- week tour of ten American cities performing concertos by Bach, Mozart, and Liszt. He also performed Górecki and Michael Daugherty’s Le Tombeau de Liberace in a series of concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and toured throughout the United Kingdom with the Moscow Philharmonic. He has worked with such renowned conductors as Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Hugh Wolff, and many others. In addition, O’Riley has performed recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
Living by the Duke Ellington adage “There are only two kinds of music, good music and bad,” O’Riley – a proponent of the former in all of its guises – has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and an equally coveted four-star review from Rolling Stone magazine. O’Riley strives to introduce new audiences to classical music with an almost missionary zeal by performing piano arrangements of music by Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana alongside traditional classical repertoire. He has performed recitals featuring these arrangements at such diverse venues as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Highline Ballroom (NYC), the Knitting Factory (LA), and South by Southwest (Austin, TX).
O’Riley also tours with a program called Shuffle.Play.Listen together with the cellist Matt Haimovitz that combines classical and contemporary repertoire; a program called Two to Tango together with Pablo Ziegler featuring new compositions and arrangements based on the music of Astor Piazzolla; and one called Out of My Hands featuring music from many genres in a program that is announced from the stage. He has collaborated for many years in recitals with the flutist Sir James Galway and cellist Carter Brey.
A prolific recording artist, O’Riley has recorded the music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Liszt, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, and John Adams for Sony Classical, Oxingale Records, RCA Red Seal, Decca, and Harmonia Mundi. His most recent solo recording featured two discs of Liszt’s transcriptions, including songs by Schumann and Schubert, the opera paraphrase on Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the Don Juan Fantasy, and Liszt’s own transcription of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, liberally re-imagined by O’Riley.
Also a voracious reader, Christopher O’Riley has developed a number of projects combining music and literature. He has composed scores for works of Mark Z. Danielewski and Kris Saknussemm. Most recently, O’Riley collaborated with the choreographer Martha Clarke on “Vers la Flamme,” a fully-staged production with six dancers based on short stories of Anton Chekhov set to the music of Alexander Scriabin. This program was performed at Lincoln Center, The American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, and the Kennedy Center.
Christopher O’Riley splits his time between Los Angeles and rural Ohio. Visit him online at www.christopheroriley.com, and From the Top at www.fromthetop.org.
Jason Stoll, Piano
Southern Californian pianist, JASON STOLL, has garnered many praises and awards for his performances throughout his career thus far.
Mr. Stoll has also competed internationally and was named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition and Finalist in the 2013 American Paderewski Piano Competition.
Over the years, Mr. Stoll has been both participant and performer at several notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. While in residence at these festivals, Mr. Stoll has had the privilege of working closely with faculty from many prestigious conservatories and universities.
Mr. Stoll holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His principal teachers included John Roscigno, Dmitry Rachmanov, Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, and David Louie.