Special Dedication to my teacher Fredell Lack
Ms. Lack is a very important teacher and a dear friend of mine for the past thirty years. Her dedication to the artistry of violin playing, as well as her compassion towards humanity, has impacted many generations of young musicians worldwide. It is because of her inspiration, that I dedicated the inaugural 2017 AYO Summer Training Camp in her honor.
Fredell Lack has had a long-lasting career during which she has made dozens of concert tours worldwide, including more than twenty to Europe alone. She has soloed with the orchestras of New York, Pittsburgh, Stockholm, Houston, Baltimore, Rotterdam, San Antonio, Oslo, and Kansas City, and with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Royal Philharmonic, RIAS of Berlin, the BBC Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, and others. She made a number of recordings, and made her New York recital debut in 1943 at The Town Hall.
Born in 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ms. Lack began her violin studies at age six and began playing solo recitals by age eight. At age ten, Lack moved to Houston where she studied with Houston Symphony concertmaster Josephine Boudreaux. At age eleven, she moved to New York where she studied with Louis Persinger (a teacher of Yehudi Menuhin and Issac Stern), until she graduated from the Juilliard School of Music at age twenty-one. She commenced artistic study with Ivan Galamian, widely regarded among violinists as the greatest pedagogical influence of the latter half of the twentieth century. In 1959, Fredell Lack began teaching violin at the University of Houston, where she remained on the faculty for 50 years before retiring in 2009. She began a highly successful Young Audiences Program in Houston, which brings classical music to schoolchildren, and led to the creation of the nonprofit Young Audiences of Houston, now in its sixtieth year. In 1979, that organization gave to Lack its first in an annual series of awards, and the honor was thenceforth named the "Fredell Lack Award."
Throughout her career, Lack balanced an international touring schedule, performing into her seventies, with intense dedication to her students. A great many of her students have gone on to musical careers as professional performers and teachers, and a number have become successful solo concert artists. One of Lack's former students, Frank Huang, is currently the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Lack students William Pu, Beverly Shin, and Zuo Jun are among others who have had successful concert careers.