Tessa Lark

Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Desberg

Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time.


Tessa has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. As a recitalist and chamber musician she has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and with the Perlman Music Program, San Francisco Performances, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Classics series, the Troy Chromatics series, Chamber Music Tulsa, the Caramoor Wednesday Morning Concert series, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Olympic, and Music@Menlo festivals. Highlights of her 2016-17 season included a return to Weill Hall, where she premiered a new work by Michael Torke, and concerto engagements with the Alabama, Richardson, Valdosta and South Florida symphonies; the Evansville, Illinois, and Lexington philharmonics; the Mission (San Jose, Calif.) and Gettysburg chamber orchestras; and the Symphony of Westchester.

Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Tessa enjoys playing bluegrass and Appalachian music and collaborates frequently with Mark O'Connor.

Tessa started playing violin at age six, and in 2001 joined the Starling Strings Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus. She entered New England Conservatory in the fall of 2006

to begin studies with Miriam Fried, and completed her Master’s degree in May 2012.  Tessa completed The Juilliard School’s prestigious Artist Diploma program under the guidance of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ida Kavafian.