Press Release



Contact: John Baldon                                     For Immediate Release
805-497-5839                                                September 4, 2015


Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and the New West Symphony announce the appointment of Alyssa Park as the orchestra's new concertmaster following a year-long search. Ms. Park replaces former concertmaster Danielle Belen.

"One of the most important appointments in a symphony orchestra is the concertmaster position," said Mr. Lehninger. "The concertmaster not only needs to be an outstanding player capable of soloing as well as playing in the orchestra, but must also be a leader. After carefully auditioning various candidates on each program during the last season, I have selected Alyssa Park to fill that position. Alyssa will bring great talent, leadership, experience and youthful energy to our orchestra and I look forward to working with her."

New West Symphony executive director Natalia Staneva added, "We are looking forward to reaching new artistic heights under the leadership of maestro Lehninger and Ms. Park, who will bring their world-recognized expertise and talent to the New West Symphony."

Ms. Park's first appearance as concertmaster will be at the New West Symphony's season opening concerts on Thursday October 1 at 7:30 pm at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica; Friday, October 2 at 8:00 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center in Oxnard; and Saturday, October 3 at 8:00 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks.

Alyssa Park established an enviable international reputation at age sixteen for being the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition.  In addition to being awarded the bronze medal in 1990, she was not only the top American prizewinner but was also honored by the jury for being the most artistic performer, and for displaying the best mastery of the instrument.

Ms. Park has made numerous recital and orchestral appearances since her professional debut at age eleven with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She made her European debut in with Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In Europe she has made appearances with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Symphony at Vienna's Musikverein, Barcelona Orchestra, MDR at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, and the Hamburg Philharmonic.  She also appeared as soloist with the orchestras of Sydney, Adelaide, and Tasmania, Australia. Ms. Park's recent seasons included performances in Asia with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, and the Singapore Symphony.

An avid chamber musician as well, Ms. Park has been a frequent guest at major festivals including Ludwisburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Weilburg, Passau, Frankfurt, Montpellier, France, Brahms festival in Madrid, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Prague Summer Festival, and Oregon Festival of American Music.  She is also a member of the Lyris Quartet based in Los Angeles.  They are the ensemble in residence for the Jacaranda Music Series and the Hear Now Music Festival.  Ms. Park has released albums under the Albany Records, Naxos, ARS, and Toccata Classics.

About the New West Symphony
Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra led by music director Marcelo Lehninger that draws its players from the rich talent pool of Los Angeles area musicians. It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  It also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, an after-school, tuition-free music education program for underserved students.