CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT SIX
Judith Farmer and Friends
Sunday, February 20, 2022 | 6:00 PM
About the Artists
Bassoonist Judith Farmer enjoys a rich and varied career as chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist, and teacher. Formerly principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, she performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna. Currently a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Long Beach Symphony, Ms. Farmer has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including as guest associate principal in spring of 2009. She has appeared frequently as a soloist in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and also regularly performs on such Southern California series as Camerata Pacifica, Chamber Music Palisades, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Sundays Live, and its successor, Classical Sundays at Six. Ms. Farmer received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. She teaches bassoon at USC’s Thornton School. Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available on Albany, CD Baby, Centaur, Ex-House, and Orfeo Records.
French violinist Ambroise Aubrun enjoys a career as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, and pedagogue. He has performed in Europe and North America in halls such as the Salzburg Haus für Mozart and Los Angeles’ Broad Stage and Zipper Hall, appearing with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Martin Chalifour, Clive Greensmith, Richard O’Neill, and the Borromeo and Ebène string quartets, among others. His recordings for Editions Hortus have received praise of the highest calibre. An advocate for contemporary music, Aubrun has premiered over 20 works and recently recorded an album dedicated to the music of composer Eric Tanguy with violinist Martin Chalifour, cellist Cécilia Tsan, and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. At the Paris National Superior Conservatory, he studied with Roland Daugareil and Serge Pataud. He then studied at UCLA with Guillaume Sutre and at the Colburn Conservatory with Martin Beaver. Aubrun is Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and previously taught Violin and Chamber Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and UC Santa Barbara.
Born in Bordeaux, French violist Virginie d’Avezac studied and pursued a career as a professional musician in Europe before she moved to California in 2016. She has performed with prominent orchestras across Europe and North Africa, such as the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the National Orchestra of Radio-France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco, and the National Orchestra of Tunis. From 2010, her growing passion for chamber music led her to perform regularly with the pianist Zachary Deak in Europe, Morocco, and California. Since her arrival in Los Angeles, Virginie has served as Principal Viola of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles; other local performances have included Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Getty Museum, the Broad Stage, the Fonda Theater, Zipper Hall, LACMA, and the Hollywood Bowl. She is regularly invited to play with the LA Master Chorale and the New West Symphony. She has participated in chamber music series such as the Hear Now Festival, the Bruman Festival, the Mason Concerts, the Concerts in the Dome, Sundays Live at LACMA, and the South Pasadena Public Library Concert Series.
Admired for his artistry and sense of humor, Armen Ksajikian started his professional career at age 12 with the Abkhazian State Philharmonic in the former Soviet Union, joining the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as associate principal cello in the 2001/02 season. Since 1976, he has been active in LA’s musical life, working with such notables as Heifetz, Rostropovich, Cliburn, Pavarotti, Rozsa, Giulini, and Mehta. Armen has appeared as soloist with the Nacional Orchestre du Brazil, Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and regularly subs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a founding member of the Armadillo String Quartet, with whom he performed Haydn’s complete string quartets in a 34 ½ hour marathon. He made his Carnegie Hall debut premiering a quartet by PDQ Bach in 1999 with the Armadillos, and has appeared in the Cabrillo, Colorado, Banff, Sitka Summer, Oregon Bach, High Desert, Park City, and Venice Film festivals; and at the Rio International Cello Encounter and the Jasper Festival of Music and Wine.