Friends of Carmel Valley Library host free concert Feb. 11


February’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the library’s community room. It will feature violinist Roy Bak playing music by Bach, Kreisler, Elgar, Gabriel Faure, and Aram Khachaturian. He will be accompanied by pianist Irina Bessonova.

Roy Bak began his violin training at age 11 in Los Angeles. During his teen years he played with the American Youth Symphony under Mehli Mehta. He continued his studies at Gonzaga University and was a finalist in the Spokane Young Artist Competition, performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Gonzaga Orchestra. Bak enjoys playing solo Bach as well as a varied classical and romantic repertoire on a Stradivarius-model violin.

Irina Bessonova was born in Russia and began studying music at age 4 at the National Music School for Gifted Children. She graduated from Kiev State Conservatory with a Master of Arts degree in Piano, Ensemble Performance, Accompaniment, and Piano Pedagogy. She taught at the Gliere College of Music in Kiev for 15 years and was also its leading accompanist, performing throughout Europe, Russia, and Ukraine. In 2002, she moved to San Diego and has continued as a piano soloist, accompanist, and teacher. She has performed in such venues as the San Diego Central, La Jolla, and Carmel Valley Libraries, Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, Poway Center for the Performing Arts, German American Societies of San Diego, Temecula Community Theater, and many private and corporate events.

The library is at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. Call 858-552-1668.