An evening of folk-inspired chamber music for Violin, Baritone and Piano
Michelle Tseng, Violin Anthony Moreno, Baritone Robert Blake, Piano
Michelle Tseng, Violin
Michelle Tseng has garnered numerous competition and scholarship prizes. She received First Prize in the Senior Division of the American String Teacher Association 2011 National Finals Competition. In 2009, she was presented in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of LA Music Center as a Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards. As a freshman, she won the USC Concerto Competition, broadcasted on 91.5 Classical KUSC’s Thornton Center Stage as soloist with the USC Symphony. Tseng has performed at several festivals, including full scholarships to the International Music Academy at Pilsen, Czech Republic, as well as Aspen Music Festival, where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg. Tseng also performed in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the inaugural Cambridge International String Academy 2012 held at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she won the “Outstanding Student Prize”.
Tseng has performed as soloist with the Torrance, Downey, Peninsula, South Coast, USC, and Rio Hondo Symphony, and has served as USC Symphony and Juilliard Orchestra Concertmaster since 2010. She has been concertmaster with distinguished conductors such as David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, Jaap van Zweden, and Carl St. Clair, and has concertmastered and performed in notable venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Tseng participated in master classes and studied with numerous artists, including the late Joseph Silverstein, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Rodney Friend, Gyorgy Pauk, Almita and Roland Vamos, David Finckel and Wu Han, the Takács Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, Cho-Liang Lin, Boris Kuschnir, and Ida Haendel. Tseng earned her Bachelor’s in Music, Magna Cum Laude, under full scholarship from the USC Thornton School of Music studying with Alice Schoenfeld, and earned her Master’s in Music at the Juilliard School studying with Ida Kavafian. Tseng is currently studying on full scholarship with Glenn Dicterow at USC Thornton.
Anthony Moreno, Baritone
Anthony Moreno began studying music at El Camino College with Professor Hedley Nosworthy and was able to perform solos with the ECC Symphony Orchestra, ECC Community Choir, and ECC Chorale. Mr. Moreno also performed in Austria and Italy with Daniel Ho and Ars Nova Sinfonia run by Dr. Liam Doyle. He also served as President of the ECC Society of Music, an organization created by students to fund raise and help support the music program at El Camino.
After ECC, he became a Bob Cole Scholar and a student of Shigemi Matsumoto at California State University of Long Beach. He made his operatic debut at CSULB in Massenet's Cendrillon as Pandolfe and was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem. In 2012, Mr. Moreno received the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition in Performing Arts and was a regional finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He also performed the roles of Count Almaviva and Antonio in CSULB’s production of Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart and performed the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Mr. Moreno went on to complete his Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California and continued his work with Shigemi Matsumoto and performed the roles of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Don Alvaro in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Tom in Henze’s The English Cat and Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. He was also a member of Cantos de Taos during the Taos Opera Institute’s 2014 season and performed Mozart arias with the Downey Symphony Orchestra in it’s 2014/2015 Season. Mr. Moreno is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at USC and studying with Rod Gilfry. He concluded a successful tour of Austria and Italy in 2015, performing various modern works with the South Bay Camerata ensemble as well as world music pieces with Dr. Liam Doyle and Daniel Ho as well as performed in USC’s 2016 productions of Frau Schindler and Ariadne auf Naxos. He recently performed the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, produced by LtD Opera.
Robert Blake, Piano
Robert L. Blake is an LA-based coach, pianist, and conductor. Recently, he was music director of LTD Opera's inaugural production of Così fan tutte; upcoming appearances include LA Opera Outreach (The Legend of Cannery Row). He has coached and played extensively with USC Opera, including appearances as recitative fortepianist. In early music, he recently music directed the USC Chamber Opera's production of Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero, and is music director of the Corelli Ensemble. He is a DMA candidate at USC in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, with minors in conducting, early music, and musicology, and holds a Masters from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).