Trio de Silaré

 

Risa Larson

Soprano, Risa Larson, has established herself as a highly versatile musician who can adeptly sing in a wide range of musical and theatrical styles. She has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Opera, among others.

Solo performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the baton of Grant Gershon, include Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Rosasharn in the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath Concert Suite, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Britten’s Missa Brevis, Ferko’s Festival of Carols, Betinis’ Songs of Smaller Creatures and Swayne’s Magnificat. Of her most recent performance of Bach’s Magnificat, the review said, “Especially thrilling was the moment early on when the glorious soprano Risa Larson transported us with her powerful strains in the lush aria ‘Quia respexit.'”

A skillful musician, Risa enjoys collaborating with composers and premiering their new works. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Green Umbrella Series, she performed as soloist in the premiere of Henry Brant’s Tremors. Other Los Angeles Philhamonic’s solo credits include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Bramwell Tovey. At the Jacaranda Music Festival, Risa performed as soloist in ‘Energische Schoenheit’ as part of the weeklong Los Angeles Philhamonic’s celebration of contemporary composer, Péter Eötvös.

Risa’s artistry and extensive vocal range can be heard on feature film soundtracks, television commercials, contemporary albums, and interactive media, including Godzilla, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Click, X-Men 3, Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics album (RCA) and soprano soloist on Nico Muhly’s A Good Understanding (Decca Classics).

 

Simon Linn-Gerstein

Cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein has performed solo recitals for PBS Philadelphia, Rutgers-Camden Noontime Recital Series, as a guest performer for the Network for New Music at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and as a soloist with the Salem Philharmonic and the Symphony by the Sea chamber series. Simon is a co-founder of Strange Interlude with harpist Lily Press, an ensemble focused on intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers (including newly-commissioned works) and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation. He has performed with Strange Interlude at venues and concert series including ArtShare LA, Spectrum NYC, Northeastern University, Endicott College, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Advent Library Chamber Series, the Nave Music Series, and the Candlelight Concert Series.

Simon has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick, and has recorded music for video games and TV shows, including Final Fantasy XV, Made in Abyss, and games from the Resident Evil and Monster Hunter series. He has performed as part of the Santa Monica Symphony, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea, and MIT Concert Choir Orchestra. He received a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he studied with Terry King. He also studied with Michal Schmidt at Haverford College, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in music.

 

Lily Press

Los Angeles-based harpist Lily Press performs professionally in orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo recital venues, and for special events.

Lily Press has performed in a variety of venues, including Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Palais Corbelli in Vienna, the Providence Performing Arts Center, Sanders Theatre at Harvard and Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum.  As a chamber musician, Lily is a co-founder of Strange Interlude with cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein. Founded in 2007, Strange Interlude’s performances combine Press and Linn-Gerstein’s love of chamber music with their passion for crafting non-traditional concert experiences that incorporate interactive conversation to bring the audience further inside the works they play and the technical, artistic and personal process of making a piece of music come alive.

As an orchestral performer and recording artist, Press has played with the Santa Monica Symphony, Paul Madore Chorale, The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of Goddesses, The Midnight Hour, and Danbury Symphony. Additionally, Press has recorded soundtracks for video games and TV shows including Final Fantasy XV and Little Witch Academia.

Press was also a co-founder of the SillyBird Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, which was created in 2012 with the goal of performing contemporary chamber music in relaxed and non-traditional settings. Lily has collaborated with a number of composers including consulting with Curt Cacioppo on his piece The Red Dove of Libya, premiering Paul Brust’s The Remembered Present with the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, performing the Viennese premiere of Max Wanderman’s Deutche Grammatik, and the premiere of Jared Hettrick’s Tales of Taliessen with the Latitude New Music Ensemble.

Lily received a B.A. in music from Haverford College where she graduated magna cum laude, presenting a lecture recital based on her thesis research of harp iconography and its influence on the instrument’s repertory and role in the world of classical music, and a Master of Music in Harp Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she studied with Franziska Huhn.

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