Bruman Summer Concerts

Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival: Ambroise and Friends

Friday, August 9, 2019
12:00 pm PDT – 1:00 pm PDT

Powell Library Rotunda
10740 Dickson Plaza


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, op. 18

Allegro con brio
Adagio affetuoso ed appassionato
Scherzo: Allegro molto

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, “Rosamunde”, op. 29

Allegro ma no troppo
Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
Allegro moderato

Ambroise and Friends

Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Madalyn Parnas Möller, violin
Carrie Dennis, viola
Cécilia Tsan, cello

Assembled especially for the final performance of the 2019 Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival, Ambroise and Friends joins four of Los Angeles’ most talented chamber musicians for a one-time-only concert featuring favorites by Beethoven and Schubert.

Described as a performer with a “marvelous ease, suppleness and beauty of sound,” French violinist Ambroise Aubrun enjoys an international career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, and pedagogue. Dr. Aubrun graduated at age 19 from the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Roland Daugareil and Serge Pataud. He then studied at UCLA where he earned a D.M.A. with Guillaume Sutre, and with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma. Currently Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Aubrun previously held teaching positions at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara.

American violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller is an active soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral artist, and educator who resides in Los Angeles. Enthusiastically endorsed by the New York Times, Ms. Parnas Möller has performed worldwide, most recently appearing as guest soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with her sister, cellist Cicely Parnas, they form Duo Parnas which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. Ms. Parnas Möller holds a M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Carrie Dennis entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 16 as a violin student of Victor Danchenko, and took viola lessons with Joseph de Pasquale. She received her B.A. in violin performance in 1999, and returned to Curtis in 2000 to study viola with Michael Tree. Halfway into her second year she earned a position in the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Principal Viola. She was invited by Simon Rattle to audition for the Berlin Philharmonic, and served as Solo Viola for the Berlin Philharmonic for two years. She joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Viola in 2008, where she remained until 2016. In addition to her orchestral career, Ms. Dennis is an avid chamber musician and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has also participated in the Verbier Festival and been a Tanglewood Fellow.

Born in France to Chinese musician parents, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma. After majoring in Philosophy and Chinese, she was accepted at the Paris Conservatory under André Navarra, and was awarded First Prize for Cello summa cum laude, and First Prize for Chamber Music. She is a prizewinner at the Barcelona International Competition, the Florence International Competition, and the winner of the Debussy Prize at the Paris International Competition. Since she moved to Los Angeles, she has recorded hundreds of film soundtracks with composers such as John Williams, James Newton-Howard, and James Horner. Ms. Tsan is currently Principal Cellist with the Long Beach Symphony.


The festival is made possible by the Henry J. Bruman Trust, 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 Powell Library.