Thursday Musical Artist Series
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Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am
Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating
To be announced.
Tessa Larson, sopranoYoung Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2018
Bio coming soon!
A native of Fresno, California, Matthew Harikian holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from St. Olaf College and is currently pursuing Master's degrees at the University of Minnesota in both Piano Performance and Music Theory. Public performances have included solo recitals in Fresno and Turlock, CA as well as concerto appearances with the St. Olaf College and Lompoc Pops orchestras. Matthew most recently participated in Pianofest in the Hamptons, a prestigious summer festival in East Hampton, NY, performing and studying with other international pianists. Sharing an equal interest in both performance and academia, Matthew hopes for his future career to include teaching and researching in the field of music theory while also performing both solo and chamber music. Matthew currently studies with Lydia Artymiw.
Cellist Nickolai Kolarov graduated from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music and received his Master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he studied with Nina Gordon. Kolarov earned his Doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Tanya Remenikova. He also studied with Igor Gavrish from the Moscow Conservatory of Music. Since his arrival in the United States he has performed with distinguished musicians in both classical and contemporary repertoire throughout the country. Kolarov is a prizewinner from the Bulgarian National Competition at Provadia. He has received numerous grants from the Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and American Composers Forum, as well the Fine Arts and Humanities Grant from St. Thomas University where he taught cello until 2006. Kolarov performed on the conference of the National Association of Composers (NACUSA) in San Marcos, Texas in 2008. He also performed at the 2010 Composer Conference of the Aspen Institute. In 2011 he was invited for a performance-lecture at the Juilliard School. Kolarov is the founder of the Balkanicus Balkan new chamber music concert series in 2003 in the Twin Cities, MN and the Artistic Director of Balkanicus Ensemble. The series has featured music written especially for him and for the ensemble. Kolarov is the President of the Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art, Culture and History, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the culture of the Balkans.
Kate Lamb, soprano, is enjoying her fourth season as a performing artist with Thursday Musical. Originally from Plymouth, Minnesota she earned her Bachelor of Art in Music from Luther College and now regularly performs in the thriving art scene of Minneapolis. Previous engagements include the world premiere of Nicholas J. White's On Outbreak for New Ruckus, as well as additional premieres for Opera On Tap & Composer Quest's New Composition programs. Kate also has sung with the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Minnesota Chorale, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, Luther College Nordic Choir and the St. Cloud Concert Choir. In addition to singing, Kate works as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools.
A native of Hong Kong, Mimi Tung began piano studies at age 4. She earned her degree in piano performance from Santa Clara University and was awarded the Performer's Certificate for outstanding musical performance. Mimi has performed on the Thursday Musical Artist Series and at the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series.