Étienne Gara

Violin, Viola
Praised for the warm tone and expressiveness of his playing, French born violinist Étienne Gara has performed extensively worldwide, appearing in such renowned venues as The New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, the Marigny Theatre in Paris, and the Wiener Saal in Salzburg. Since making his orchestral solo debut in 2005 with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, he has continued his soloist career with orchestras in Europe and the United States. His concerts have been broadcast in Hungary, Switzerland, France and Belgium. 

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Mr. Gara has been a frequent guest of international music festivals, including the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Thy Festival in Denmark and the Academy of Music of Lausanne where he was nominated laureate as a member of one of the best violin and piano duos. In France he performed at the Tons Voisins Festival and the Juventus Festival where he met the composer Eric Tanguy, who later wrote a piece for him. He was invited to participate in the Perlman Music Program in New York in 2009 and 2010, and joined Itzhak Perlman for the winter residency of the festival in Sarasota, FL and a program of concerts in Israel.

A 2010 laureate of the prestigious Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, as well as a laureate of the Fifth International Chamber Music Ensemble in Boston, he is a winner of Sir Yehudi Menuhin's "Music Live Now" competition, and won Second Prize at the Raiffeisen Klassik Competition in Salzburg. The Lions Club of France honored him with a scholarship for their national "Young Talent" award. In 2005, he had the honor to be chosen concertmaster for the opening of the new Auditorium of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

A passionate chamber musician, Mr. Gara has performed with many renowned players such as Lucy Chapman, Tony Nys, Rober Tapping, Jacob Koranyi, Julian Steckel, Daniel Blumenthal, Plamena Mangova and Denis Pascal. As an advocate for the arts, he has collaborated with The American Contemporary Ballet, the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble, and appeared on screen in the movie Broken Horses. He regularly participates in efforts to bring music to people with little access to live performance.

Born in Paris to a French mother and Hungarian father, Mr. Gara started playing the violin at the age of five. After studying in Paris, he continued his education at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg with Igor Ozim and Helmut Zehetmair. As an Erasmus scholarship recipient, he worked with Victor Tretiakov at the Musikhochschule of Cologne before completing his Performer Diploma with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He earned his Master of Music at New England Conservatory under renowned pedagogue and violinist Donald Weilerstein and later joined the violinist Midori at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Myroslava (Mira) Khomik DMA

Violin, Viola
Ukrainian-born violinist Myroslava Khomik is a winner of international competitions and awards, including the Remember Enescu Competition in Romania, Ugzhorod Silver Bells in Ukraine, and the New Names of Ukraine. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Ukraine, Spain, US, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and her performances were broadcast on National TV and Radio in Ukraine, the US, and in Asia.

She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also served as the Teaching Associate of Chamber Music in the string department. She is a newly appointed member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, regularly performs with New West Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and Divan Consort Ensemble in Los Angeles, and is an adjunct string faculty at Fullerton College.  

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Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Khomik maintains an active performing and teaching schedule. She is an avid promoter of contemporary composers, regularly participates in premieres of new works, and enjoys taking part in, as well as co-producing collaborative projects. Among the upcoming performances this season are solo appearances with Orquestra Sinfonica de Barra Mansa in Brazil, West Shore Symphony Orchestra and Dana Point Symphony Orchestra in the US, recitals in Los Angeles, New York, and Kyiv, featuring premieres of several contemporary American composers and also highlighting music by John Adams in honor of his 70th birthday celebrations, as well as chamber music concerts at the Broad Stage Series, and Le Salon de Musiques series in Los Angeles, Gulfstream New Music Festival in Ukraine, and an educational outreach residency with her string quartet in Juneau, Alaska.

Most recent past highlights include premiere of the re-edited violin concerto by Ferran Sor with Orquestra de la Societat de Concerts de Barcelona, guest solo appearance and master classes at the 10mo. Festival Internacional de Musica y Musicologia in Mexico, and with the Kyiv Kamerata in Ukraine, as well as completing a week-long residency at UNASP in Sao Paolo, and at the Projeto Retreta, an outreach music program for the underprivileged children in Artur Nogueira, Brazil.

A devoted chamber music advocate, Ms. Khomik won several competitions with her string quartet in 2013 and 2014, as well as the gold medal at the Global Music Awards 2014 with Divan Consort new music ensemble. She has a pleasure to collaborate with distinguished artists, such as the members of the Borromeo and Jerusalem String Quartets, Robert Davidovichi, Ronald Leonard, Eugene Friesen, Gloria Cheng, Guillaume Sutre, Movses Pogossian, Antonio Lysy, among others. Ms. Khomik frequently appears in prestigious chamber music series such as LACMA Sundays Live, Jacaranda, HEAR NOW New Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Broad Stage Series, Beverly Hills Festival, and NASUCA concert series in Los Angeles, and has performed in concerts at the Incontri in Terra di Sienna Music (Italy), Academie de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), and Zeist Music Days (Netherlands).

Ms. Khomik started learning music at the age of four in Ukraine, and after receiving her Performance Diploma from Lviv Krushelnytska School of Music, was invited to continue her education in the US on full scholarships. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also served as the Teaching Associate of Chamber Music in the string department. She is a newly appointed member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, regularly performs with New West Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and Divan Consort Ensemble in Los Angeles, and is an adjunct string faculty at Fullerton College and the French Conservatory in Beverly Hills.

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