Young Artists Piano Quartet

UCSB 2014-2016 Young Artists Piano Quartet. Youjin Jung (violin), Jordan Warmath (viola, not pictured), Larissa Fedoryka (cello), Leslie Cain (piano). Photo by Larry Davanzo.

About the Young Artists Piano Quartet

Yuval Yaron, Chair, String Program

The Young Artists Piano Quartet was founded in 2014 at UCSB as a graduate scholarship quartet. The YAPQ has played in master classes for Lynn Harrell, the Calder Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, and the Danish String Quartet. Members of the quartet participate in a rigorous weekly coaching schedule with faculty from the string, keyboard, and collaborative piano programs, and present several performances per quarter. Current members include violinist Youjin Jung, violist Jordan Warmath, cellist Larissa Fedoryka, and pianist Leslie Cain.

Scholarships: all in-state tuition/fees, plus $5000 stipend

Degrees: MM, DMA

For more information about the YAPQ or graduate programs of study, please contact Carly Yartz, the Graduate Program Advisor.

Violinist Youjin Jung earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in Korea, and received a masters degree in music performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music with scholarship of graduate award. Ms. Jung has given many concerts (Korea, China, Japan, Spain, Paris, and USA) as a member of orchestral and chamber music ensembles and has participated in several artist programs including the Salzburg Festival. She is currently pursuing her DMA degree at the University of California Santa Barbara where she studies with Professor Yuval Yaron.

Violist Jordan Warmath has appeared on stage as a member of the Rice University Orchestra and as a member of the New York Youth Symphony with internationally acclaimed artists such as soprano Renée Fleming, the Takács Quartet, cellist Carter Brey, violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Glenn Dicterow, and Gil Shaham, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Benjamin Grosvenor. As a member of the University of California Santa Barbara Young Artists Piano Quartet, she has performed in master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, the Danish Quartet, and the Kronos Quartet. As a passionate promoter of modern compositions, Ms. Warmath has premiered solo viola works by contemporary composers Arthur Gotschalk, Joel Feigin, Hillary Purrington, Jennifer Dirkes, and Marc Evans at Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, and UCSB, including the work ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Romance?, which won the Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Contest. As an advocate for modern viola literature, she continues to commission, seek, promote, and perform contemporary music as frequently as possible. Ms. Warmath is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in viola performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she studies with Professor Helen Callus. She will receive her degree upon completion of her dissertation, which focuses on the inclusion of contemporary music in the pedagogical viola repertoire.

Larissa Fedoryka is a classically trained cellist who began her cello career at the age of three. As a child, she joined her 9 siblings who toured as a classical chamber ensemble called The Fedoryka Family Players, performing in venues nationally which culminated in multiple performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a performance at The Wolf Trap International Children's Festival. More recently, Larissa has made the transition to world music, touring with various artists such as Marco Antonio Solis, Croatia's former pop artist Tajci, the increasingly well known Celtic/Americana band - Scythian, and most recently with Mexico's pop diva Gloria Trevi. In 2010 Larissa was hired by The Harmony Project - The LA Symphony's program to enrich inner city youth through music. Here Larissa arranged pop songs for orchestral music and oversaw two end of the year recitals. She now resides in Santa Barbara where she is pursuing her MM/DMA in performance under Jacob Braun.

Pianist Leslie Cain is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she studies with Paul Berkowitz. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of André-Michel Schub. Leslie also holds a BA in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, from which she graduated at age 18 as part of the school's Early Entrance Program. Leslie's numerous recognitions include first prizes in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the MTNA Senior Piano Competition, and the Cypress College Piano Competition. She performed by invitation of the Weill Music Institute as part of the inaugural season of the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall, in an all-Debussy master class conducted by Richard Goode. Her musical and academic focus is the repertoire and cultural philosophy of Impressionist France.