Spotlight Chamber Music Series
Andrew Shulman, cello
Andrew Shulman, principal cellist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and faculty member of the University of Souther California (USC) was the frist British winner of the United States Piatigorsky Artist Award. Shulman’s careers as cellist and conductor have taken him all over the world. As soloist, he has directed and performed all the major cello concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and orchestras all over Europe, the United States and the Far East, as well as giving recitals in such places as Wigmore Hall, London “Debussy’s Cello Sonata, played with fastidious poetry of phrase and technique” (The Times, London), the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and Buckingham Palace (performing The Swan with the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi, in the presence of the Prince of Wales).
He has also performed Strauss’ great tone poem Don Quixote twice at the Royal Festival Hall, London (with Sir Simon Rattle and Benjamin Zander) “The Don Quixote was the finest I hard heard” (The Sunday Times) and at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (with Esa-Pekka Salonen) “Philharmonic principal cellist Andrew Shulman’s Quixote was always eloquent and passionate” (Los Angeles Times). In recent seasons he has given performances of cello concertos by Barber “And making his Utah Symphony debut is Andrew Shulman, who gave a fabulously nuanced and impassioned performance of the (Barber) concerto…Shulman’s interpretation was of the highest caliber in terms of articulation and delivery. His technical mastery was such that he made short work of the demands Barber placed on the soloist” (Salt Lake Tribune), Bloch’s Schelomo “Cellist Andrew Shulman joined the CRSO and Tiemeyer for an intense, spirited performance of Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo”, Hebraic rhapsody for cello and orchestra…His flawless performance of Schelomo ws eloquent and passionate” (Cedar Rapids Gazette), Haydn’s D major concerto “The slow movement was perfectly poised. In.the Finale, the cello seemed a gleeful sailing ship” (Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times) and Vivaldi’s C minor concerto “(Shulman) demonstrated not only exceptional command of his instrument but an alarming ease as he parsed each phrase in a full and gorgeous sound” (The Burbank Leader).
Born into a family of professional musicians (his father played Contrabass and his mother was an opera singer) Shulman studied cello and composition at the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music in London and after winning the major cello prizes there, in addition to the “Madame Suggia Gift”, the “Royal Society of Arts” prize and the “Countess of Munster” award, went on to take lessons from both William Pleeth and Jacqueline du Pre. At 21 he was appointed solo cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, before being offered the first chair position with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, at the age of 22 by conductor Riccardo Muti. He has subsequently performed as soloist with Sir Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopli, Semyon Bychcov, Franz Welser-Most and Esa-Pekka Salonen, amongst others.
He has also recorded over twenty-five CDs as cellist of the Britten Quartet (Exclusive to EMI Records). Vivaldi cello concertos for Virgin Classics “One of the high points of the disc for me is Andrew Shulman’s playing in the elegiac Concerto in C minor (Vivaldi RV401); and he is sensitively supported by the (London Chamber) Orchestra” (The Gramophone Magazine), Janacek’s “Pohadka”, again for EMI, cello works by Delius (a world premiere recording) and was solo cello on Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” a tribune to Diana, Princess of Wales, the highest selling single of all time.
Shulman was bestowed with an “Honorary RCM” by The Queen Mother in 1986, and subsequently became a professor at the historic Royal College of Music in London. He has since given master classes all over the world, including Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, the Ukraine, the USA, South America, the Far East and New Zealand. In 1990 he won the prestigious “Piatigorsky Artist Award” at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and returned to the USA on numerous occasions to teach and give concerts.
Since coming to Los Angeles he has given many classes, among them those at the University of South California (USC, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Corwin Awards Master class at the Los Angeles Music Center, as well as being a regular guest at festivals worldwide, including Aspen, Aldeburgh, Bath, Edinburgh, Kuhmo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Mons and Sonoma, collaborating with such artists as Jeffrey Kahane, Augustin Hadelich, Sir James Galway, Truls Mork, Lynn Harrell Cho-Liang Lin, Leif Ove Andsnes, and the late Philip Langridge, Witold Lutoslawski and John Ogden. In the fall of 2011 he joined the faculty of USC and was a guest soloist at the frist Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles.
As conductor, he has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Ireland and Scandinavia. Last season he made his US conducting debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra “The final Allegro con spirito was remarkable for the fantastic ensemble playing in the ascending off-string scale passages that introduce the central theme. Those moments were edgy and virtuosic with each repetition…The work (Walton’s Sonata for Strings), comprised mostly of fleet movements was played with exceptional rhythmic vitality and clarity in this performance. The lengthy 3rd movement Lento, where an intense wandering quality almost defies a sense of a time signature, was also effectively rendered with sustained, emotional playing”.
His performances have included the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky “The conductor Andrew Shulman really carried the orchestra along…like a British Leonard Bernstein whose brilliance was still burning in Haydn’s “Philosopher” Symphony. This was of a quality for which one may search but rarely find” (Hannoversche Alllgemeine Zeitung) and major orchestral works by Bartok, Debussy, Dvorak, Elgar, Holst, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Strauss and Stravinsky. He has given performances of Haydn’s symphonies under the auspices of H.C. Robbins Landon at the Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and has conducted the world premieres of several major works, as well as collaborating with some notable soloists, including Rafael Wallfisch, Colin Carr and Bernard D’Ascoli.
He was invited by the Britten-Pears Foundation to conduct the first performance of an important early work by Benjamin Britten, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra at Britten’s “Snape Maltings” in Suffolk, England. He is a regular guest conductor with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra (London), the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra (Bristol), the Saloman Orchestra (London), the Jonkoping Orchestra (Sweden), the Ambache Chamber Orchestra (London), the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra (London), the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra (London), the RCM String Ensemble (London), the Ulster Youth Orchestra (Ireland) and the USC Symphony orchestra (Los Angeles) as well as directing the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields and the London Chamber Orchestra in concerto performances from the solo cello chair. In the field of opera, he has conducted Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” (1998) and “Cosi Fan Tutte” (2000) in successful new productions at the Theatre Royal, Bristol.
In 1999 he was appointed principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic “The new principal cellist, Andrew Shulman, whose influence on the string section is beginning to make itself heard…The cellos, brilliantly powerful” (Los Angeles Times) and also resumed his activities as one of the most sought after solo cellists working in the TV and movie music industry. At the end of 2002 he left the Philharmonic in order to expand his solo, chamber music, teaching and conducting activities still further.
Between 2008 and 2015 he has recorded many new cello concertos and other works written especially for him (composed by Christopher Stone, Nathaniel Levisay, Maria Newman, Bruce Broughton and Aaron Zigman, amongst others). Shulman also composes, and recently premiered his own “Smaller Music for Strings” in the UK, as well as collaborating with the legendary German rock/classical guitarist Uli Jon Roth in performances in Hollywood, California (playing his electric cello/guitar instrumental “HA.N.D”, which was a winner in the International Songwriting Competition of 2007). In 2008 he was appointed principal cello of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and last season he gave several performances of cello concertos by Vivaldi (the C minor and the “Double” for Violin and Cello) and Schumann (the A minor cello concerto) as part of the LACO main series in Los Angeles. The 2010/2011 season saw the beginning of an exciting collaboration with pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, culminating in several performances of the complete works for piano and cello by Beethoven. He conducted two concerts in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra main series, performing works by Mozart and Walton “In the masterful hands of Shulman and LACO the work’s classic properties, one might say its eternal properties came to the fore – Shulman consistently found the through-line in the agitated countermelodies, and from the dark and troubled strains of the opening Allegro to the fierce tempest of the finale, the Orchestra dug in with passion and clarity…A stunning performance.” (LA Opening Nights) as well as giving performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony “An extraordinary account of Elgar’s melancholy late-Romantic Cello Concerto…. Shulman, whose solo part demands nearly 32 minutes of nonstop playing, gave a richly detailed reading. He made judicious use of vibrato, his burnished tone creating a confiding expressiveness” (Los Angeles Times) and a chamber music recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall to celebrate Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th year with LACO. He also performed Beethoven sonatas at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Bach at the Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and a recital at the Newman Hall, University of Southern California.
As part of the “Britten100” celebrations he performed the Britten cello sonata at six recitals together with the premiere of a new sonata by Broughton written specially for the occasion. This season he premieres a new concerto by Broughton and a new work by Zigman, and appears at La Jolla SumerFest, the GMC Chamber Music Festival in Sonoma, and the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles.
He lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, also a cellist and Alexander Technique teacher, and two children (both musicians too).
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Dividing her time among chamber, solo, orchestral and recording projects, Tereza has been hailed for her “expressive beauty and wonderful intensity” (Robert Mann) of her playing, her “sure technique and musical intelligence” (Calgary Herald), and “ her sweet tone, brilliant phrasing, uncannily pointed rhythm and pure intonation (even at the violin’s highest and lowest extremities)” (Huffington Post).
Tereza was the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Benjamin Wallfisch about which the Los Angeles Times wrote, “she gave a magisterial rendition” and “held the audience rapt.” An active and highly sought after chamber musician, she has appeared in venues including the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed in concert with artists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jon Kimura Parker. In 2004, Tereza released a CD in collaboration with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen.
She served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera’s 2010 production of The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo.
In 2009, Tereza was invited to be the Chamber Music Collaborator for Sonata Programs and member of the jury for the Sixth Esther Honens International Piano Competition.
An advocate for new music, Tereza has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, Toshio Hosokawa and Louis Andriessen. World premieres include Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet (2009) with Julie Landsman, Louis Andriessen’s The City of Dis (2007), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (2009), and as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007); West Coast premieres include Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She is featured on a new recording of Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges on Albany Records, Reich’s Daniel Variations on Nonesuch, a self-released solo cd with Hung-Kuan Chen and the complete Pleyel string quartets with the Enso Quartet on Nonesuch.
- (760) 602-2049
- Contact Email:
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Ronald Thomas, cello, is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Boston Chamber Music Society, Artistic Director of Chestnut Hill Concerts of Madison, Connecticut and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York City. As a former member of the Aeolian Chamber Players and the Boston Musica Viva, he premiered countless new works by composers such as Gunther Schuller, Michael Colgrass, George Crumb, Ellen Zwillich, Donald Erb and William Bolcom. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras across the U.S. and is in great demand throughout the world as a chamber music collaborator. Among the many festivals where he has performed are Bravo!, Spoleto, Blossom, OK Mozart, Dubrovnik and Edinburgh. He has also appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Sea Cliff Chamber Players. Thomas is a member of the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, M.I.T., Brown University and the Boston Conservatory, and attended the New England Conservatory and Curtis Institute.
Welcome to the Auditorium at TSRI’s venue page. We are pleased to make this acoustically renowned facility available with our incredible Spotlight Series that provides so much beauty, knowledge, and enjoyment to our San Diego community.
The auditorium is located at the La Jolla, California campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), a private, nonprofit biomedical research facility. In their laboratories, scientists create knowledge in the bio-sciences for application in medicine, while at TSRI’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology, they educate and train the next generation of researchers preparing to meet the scientific challenges of the future.
10620 John J Hopkins Dr
La Jolla, CA 92121
The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club commenced operations in 1926. A small group of families in the area wanted to further the advancement of gardening and landscaping the Ranch, which was then three years old. An anonymous donor contributed funds to build a clubhouse. Other members donated the furnishings. During World War II, The building was the headquarters for many war agencies. It was designated a Civilian Causality Center. Among other activities, the making of wreaths for military hospitals began. The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sponsored the first two fall Fashions Shows of the Country Friends and the first clean-up and anti-litter campaign in San Diego County. Cooperation between the Garden Club and the Rancho Santa Fe Association began in 1957 with the overall beautification of roadside plantings, and the landscaping of the school, the Gold Club and the post office.
In 1971, the Articles of Incorporation were revised to broaden the purposes – to promote home and civic beautification, to conduct horticulture exhibits and shows, and to sponsor social and cultural programs. Soon after, the members began to talk about a new, larger clubhouse. By 1974, the present land was donated; building funds were received for the old building as well as generous monetary donations from members, and the architectural plans were drawn. Much cooperative work, time planning, and the dedication of the members contributed to the existing beautiful building.
Today, the club’s members continue the ideas and untiring work of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club for the betterment of the community!
- (858) 756-1554
17025 Avenida De Acacias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
St. Elizabeth Seton Parish was established as one of three new churches in San Diego in November 1976 by the late Bishop Leo T. Maher. Elizabeth Ann Seton had been canonized the previous year as the first American saint so the bishop thought it was a perfect name for the new parish.Monsignor Frederick J. Florek, who was appointed by Bishop Maher as the inaugural pastor, celebrated the first Mass in August 1977 in the theater at La Costa Resort & Spa. At the time there were 42 registered families. In addition to the resort, Masses were celebrated outside storefronts, in the parish rectory on Manzanita Street and in the homes of some parishioners. Midnight Mass for the first Christmas in 1977 was celebrated at the Olivenhain Town Hall with 120 parishioners in attendance.The 5-acre site on which the St. Elizabeth Seton campus now sits was purchased for $250,000. Mass was celebrated for nearly two decades in the original 5,700-square-foot conference center that was dedicated in August 1979. Within those first few years, church membership increased to about 100 families and a dozen ministries.
In January 1983, Monsignor Florek was reassigned and Monsignor Alphonsus Moloney began serving as pastor for the next 10 years. Before his reassignment in 1993, Monsignor Moloney retired the debt on the conference center and began a new campaign to build a church for the growing parish. When Reverend Donald Coleman arrived as pastor in February 1993, he was tasked with finishing that project. The award-winning sanctuary, where Masses are now celebrated, was completed in 1995. The main entry through one of the towers resembles the tower entry of the Church of St. Andrew on Staten Island, New York, the home parish of Mother Seton. As the area surrounding the church continued to grow, so did St. Elizabeth Seton Parish and the need for a larger parish center became evident. With blessings from former Bishop Robert Brom, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 2010.
The two-story facility was dedicated the following year on September 11. It includes a social hall with a dance floor and stage, a commercial kitchen, several downstairs meeting rooms and a designated room for the youth group. The Center is used frequently by our more than 2,800 parish families and 41 ministries for a variety of events, including religious education classes, Casino Night, the annual Christmas party and Lenten fish bakes, ministry meetings and youth activities.
6628 Santa Isabel St.
Carlsbad, CA 92009