Wednesday, June 22nd
7:00 PM EST
St. James Episcopal Church
1205 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220
Concert is free but your donation of any amount will be gladly accepted!
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Gould Benny's Gig for clarinet and double bass
Dragonetti Waltz No. 1 for double bass
Glinka Trio pathetique in d-minor for clarinet, bassoon, and piano
Piazzola Saint Louis en lil Astor for violin and double bass
Scriabin Nocturne for left hand
Milhaud Suite, Op. 157b for violin, clarinet, and piano
David Lemelin, clarinet
Tom Schneider, bassoon
Alana Carithers, violin
Ayca Kartari, double bass
Maria Yefimova, piano
A native of Québec, Canada, David Lemelin is currently Principal Clarinetist with the Richmond Symphony. Before joining the RSO, David was 2nd/Eb clarinetist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and also previously served a 4-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where he had the opportunity to work with a wide array of renowned musicians and conductors. In November 2011, David was a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition and performed a concerto with the orchestra. In addition, he has played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke.
David received his Master of Music from DePaul University in Chicago and his Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal, both in Clarinet Performance. His main teachers include Larry Combs, Robert Crowley, and Nathalie DeGrâce.
Ayça Kartari was born in Bilecik, Turkey. She began studying the double bass at the Anadolu University State Conservatory in Eskişehir when she was 11 years old. In 2005, she received a full scholarship from the International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy Gstaad and Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland and completed her graduate studies with Michel Veillon and Alberto Lysy.
During her studies, she performed with Camerata Lysy, Camerata Lausanne, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, toured Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Bucharest (George Enescu Festival), Portugal (34. Festival Estoril Lisboa) with Alberto Lysy and Pierre Amoyal.
In 2010, she was invited as a principal bassist to Animato Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Howard Griffiths. She toured and performed in Konzerthaus in Vienna, Stefaniensaal in Graz, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Smetana Hall in Prague, Kuturcasino in Bern, Slovensk Philarmony in Ljubljana and Redoute in Bratislava. In 2011, she joined Izmir State Opera and Ballet and
Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic. She performed for The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London conducted by Sascha Goetzel in 2015.
In 2016, Ayca moved to Richmond, Virginia, and joined the Opera in Williamsburg conducted by Jorge Parodi. She recorded with the Space Bomb artist Trey Pollard on his solo album “Antiphone” as part of a string quintet. She plays electric bass with Richmond-based indie Turkish pop band, Yeni Nolstalji.
She is currently with Greater Richmond School of Music, organizing chamber ensembles and assisting students in achieving their musical goals in string
instruments. She frequently performs with the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, and she recorded "Rags and Hymns of River City” commissioned from composer Mason Bates in 2019.