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Herb Alpert Music Center

Yamaha Guest Artist Concert Series

The Herb Alpert Music Center and LA City College Foundation present the Inaugural 2019/2020 Season of theYamaha Artist Concert Series

February 22, 2019
Los Angeles, CA - In partnership with Yamaha, LA City College Foundation, and Keyboard Concepts, the Herb Alpert Music Center at Los Angeles City College will be hosting the inaugural Yamaha Artist Concert Series.

The following artists will be featured in the 2019-2020 series:

  • Alexandria Le on March 14, 2019
  • David Kaplan on April 18, 2019
  • Milen Kirov on May 16, 2019
  • Ory Shihor on September 19, 2019
  • Tamir Hendelman on October 17, 2019
  • Gerald Clayton on November 20 , 2019
  • Inna Faliks on February 20, 2020
  • Carol Welsman on March 19, 2020
  • Lara Downes on April 16, 2020
  • David Kaplan and Timo Andres piano duo on May 14, 2020

All concerts will take place in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall at 7:30 PM, with a preceding hosted cocktail hour at 6:30 PM.


General Admission: $25 General Admission
Students: Free
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Pianist Alexandria Le has been praised as “a warm, animated, outgoing, confident, hypertalented pianist” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) who is also a “passionate and involved player” (New York Classical Review). She enjoys a multi-faceted musical career, one which has brought her performances to the world’s leading stages, like Carnegie Hall, to where music is needed most, like the jails of Riker’s Island. Equally accomplished as a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Le gave her solo debut in Carnegie Hall as prizewinner of the Pro Musicis International Award, and a few months following, won a two-year position with Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber group, Ensemble Connect. 

David Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared as soloist with the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Centre, at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and in recital at the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, Washington’s National Gallery, Music on Main in Vancouver and Strathmore in Baltimore. In the 2017/2018 season, he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performing Beethoven’s Concerto no. 3 with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. 

Described as a “pianist with superhuman coordination,” Dr. Milen Kirov is an award-winning Bulgarian-American performer, composer, and educator with an inimitable artistic voice and celebrated creative output. His career redefines the role of the performer-composer in 21st century by transcending genres, labels, and artistic boundaries. Combining his Bulgarian music heritage and concert pianist background with contemporary composition, jazz, world music, and improvisation, Dr. Kirov has carved a thriving career as a unique and respected artist.

Israeli-American Ory Shihor is an award-winning pianist, renowned pedagogue, respected educator and innovative entrepreneur. He has performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Tonhalle in Germany and 92nd Street “Y” in New York, among many others. Mr. Shihor’s many awards and competition prizes include the Gina Bachauer Prize, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Washington International Piano Competition and Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison. He also leads his own trio and his debut CD "Playground" features him in this trio setting. Tamir has received awards from ASCAP and National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts, and his musical travels have taken him from Alaska to New York, and from Thailand to Israel. 

Gerald Clayton is one of the most exciting artists in the jazz world today. The four-time GRAMMY nominated pianist and composer has performed and recorded with such distinguished artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, and John Scofield to name a few. The son of beloved bass player and composer John Clayton, he enjoyed a familial apprenticeship from an early age. Clayton honors the legacy of his father and all his musical ancestors through a commitment to artistic exploration, innovation, and reinvention.

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire,  as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed Canadian singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. Fluent in French, Italian and Spanish in addition to her native English, Carol blends languages (including Portuguese) and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, samba, R & B, pop and jazz. She delivers a mix of American Songbook classics and original compositions in a style that ranges from sensuous and warm to infectiously energetic.

Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, "luscious, moody and dreamy”  by The New York Times, and "addicting" by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and taste-maker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. 

Timo Andres is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at the Yale School of Music, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, he has received wide acclaim for an album of orchestral works, “Home Stretch,” and for his debut album, “Shy and Mighty.” As a pianist, Timo has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and elsewhere; performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Phillips Collection, (le) Poisson Rouge; collaborated with Philip Glass, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, the Los Angeles Dance Project, John Adams, and others.

Pianist/composer Timo Andres and pianist/non-composer David Kaplan have performed together since they met as students at the Yale School of Music 2007, and have since appeared at London's Barbican Centre, Washington's National Gallery, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, and more. 

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