Festival Napa Valley commemorates composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s first and only visit to America, with works he conducted for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. Constantine Orbelian, recently named Music Director of New York City Opera, conducts Festival Orchestra Napa in Tchaikovsky’s dazzling Violin Concerto with soloist Tessa Lark, and the famous Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Dmitry Masleev.
Violinist Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time, consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. In 2020 she was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category and received one of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Emerging Artist Awards: the special Hunt Family Award.
“Super-soloist” is the way France Musique introduced pianist Dmitry Masleev when he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France, playing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the work that helped launch his international career when he won the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.
Opera Classic magazine called Constantine Orbelian the best vocal conductor of our time. Born in San Francisco, Orbelian has performed (on piano) and conducted orchestras all over the world, and was recently named Music Director of the New York City Opera.
Festival Orchestra Napa is an all-star ensemble that brings together principal players from major international orchestras and faculty from renowned colleges and conservatories, together with participants from the Frost School of Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy. Centered around a core of Frost School of Music faculty, the orchestra also includes hand-picked musicians from ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, MET Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony, among others.