The Los Angeles Ensemble (L.A.E.) was awarded first prize at the International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in London and fourth prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. L.A.E. is active in the greater Los Angeles area, performing regularly in concert series such as L’Ermitage Foundation and Ruthmere Museum as well as in intimate house concert settings.
Consisting of four youthful musicians with a passion for untethered creativity, L.A.E. prides itself in its diverse programming and takes full advantage of its versatility as an ensemble. They believe that the piano quartet is an inherently unique ensemble in that all four voices are soloistic—yet, these four soloists must also blend to communicate a story together. In that spirit, the group both demonstrates total teamwork and capitalizes on huge range of expression.
Beyond playing quartets, L.A.E. also offers their programming variety to their audiences by including literature for solo, duo, and trio formations. Today’s concert features a string trio with L.A.E. members Joanna Lee and Bingxia Lu, and guest violist Jonathan Moerschel.
The festival is made possible by the Henry J. Bruman Trust; by a gift from Professors Wendell E. Jeffrey and Bernice M. Wenzel; by a gift in memory of Raymond E. Johnson; and with the support of the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and the Powell Library.