Soliloquy: Klein Competition Laureates from The Juilliard School



19:30 To 21:30

Event Description

Saturday, August 27, 7:30 PM
Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue
185 North Mountain Av., Ashland
$12 general/$5 students

Soliloquy is a recently formed classical violin and viol duo consisting of two undergraduates from The Juilliard School in New York City. The performance will be on Saturday evening, August 27 at the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland. Cost is $12 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets available at the door or online at:

The recently formed violin/viola duo features twenty year-old violinist, Ariel Horowitz, and nineteen year-old violist, Lauren Siess, are both laureates of the prestigious Irving M. Klein International String Competition, which takes place in San Francisco each June. The Klein Competition is proud to be supporting these emerging young musicians in this “mini-tour,” which also includes dates in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, OR, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Ariel and Lauren share a passion for music of the present, and the tour features a commissioned new work for violin and viola duo by Joel Phillip Friedman, as well as music by other twentieth and twenty-first composers. Rabbi David Zaslow says, “We are so glad to be bringing Ariel back to Ashland after her astounding solo performance last December sponsored by Ashland Chamber Concerts. And we are especially excited to hear her with her musical partner Lauren Seiss on viola.”

The program conists of Benedikt Brydern’s “Bebop for Beagles” for violin and viola; Béla Bartók’s “Sonata for Solo Violin;” Joan Tower’s “Wild Purple” for solo viola; and Joel Phillip Friedman’s “Arias with Dance Glitch” for violin and viola.

Violinist Ariel Horowitz, 20, studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School as a Dorothy DeLay Scholarship recipient. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. She was the Silver Medalist at the 2013 Stulberg International String Competition and the 4th Prize recipient in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Ariel’s solo appearances include performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westphalia, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and Doctor’s Orchestral Society of New York as well as recitals in the United States, Italy, France, Israel, Brazil, and Argentina. An avid chamber musician, Ariel is a member of The Jakob Quartet; coached by Joseph Lin, Catherine Cho, and Daniel Phillips. Ariel is a private student of Itzhak Perlman. She is on a full scholarship to Juilliard in New York City. She says, “I feel as if Ashland has been in my life since before I was born since my mom lived in Ashland when she was my age. She graduated from SOC, started a women’s health center, and lived in a cabin on Ashland Mine Road. Ashland is part of my earliest childhood. I always brought my bite-sized violin to play – a 1/16th and I am thrilled to return with a full-size fiddle and perform in Ashland.”

Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before loving music. Winner of top prizes at the Stulberg and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions and The Juilliard School’s Violin Concerto Competition, The Violin Channel praised Ariel’s artistic energy: “If they gave out prizes for attitude…we think we may have found the Olympic champion.” Rabbi David Zaslow says, “Of course I am biased, but her ability to connect with audiences is truly amazing. People who love classical music will love this duo Ariel on violin and Lauren Siess on viola, and folks who do not love classical music just might love it afterwards.”

Violist Lauren Siess, 19, is currently in her first year at Juilliard as a student of Paul Neubauer. A native of Portland, OR, Lauren has soloed with numerous orchestras in the Portland/Metropolitan area, including the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the MetroArts Young Artists Orchestra. In 2013, Lauren began studies with Helen Callus at the Colburn Music Academy, where she soloed with the Colburn Academy Virtuosi Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra, along with serving as principal of both orchestras. Through PMP, Lauren has had the opportunity to work and collaborate with musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Merry Peckham, Vivian Weilerstein, and Ronald Copes. In 2014, Lauren was a Semifinalist in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. She is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School.

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