Martin Chalifour & Friends

Violinist Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 (class of Taras Gabora) and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition.

Apart from his L.A. Phil duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 60 concertos, and dozens of Recital programs.  Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.

Chalifour began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster.  Subsequently he occupied the same position in the Cleveland Orchestra where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. Chalifour taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, as well as the L.A. Philharmonic Piano Trio.

Chalifour is a frequent guest at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival and the Mainly Mozart Festival. He has performed chamber music with notable cellists YoYo Ma, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker, and pianists Emmanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach and Yefim Bronfman, among others. This summer he is on faculty at the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton as well as other U.S. festivals. He was also a recent guest lecturer at London’s Guildhall School of Music.

Martin Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar and Yarlung labels. His latest album on Yarlung features solo music composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky, as well as Mozart and Lutoslawski concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Mr. Chalifour teaches privately, as well as being a Visiting Associate at Caltech. He also has been teaching at the University of Southern California for over eighteen years. 





Timothy Durkovic

Los Angeles based pianist, Timothy Durkovic, is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists including Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Helen Callus, Movses Pogossian, Timothy Landauer, Richard O’Neil, Jonathan Mack, the Calder Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Casal Quartet, among others.  He has performed in recital and as soloist with orchestra in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Mr. Durkovic is the winner of many competitions, both nationally and internationally.  He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angeles Liszt Competition, which took him to Budapest, Hungary for his European debut where he performed in the Franz Liszt Museum, home of the original Liszt Academy.  He is also a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award and the Keyboard Ensemble Award from the USC Thornton School of Music.  Specializing in teaching the Lister-Sink Method of well-coordinated, injury preventive piano technique, he has served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Long Beach City College as well as on the faculties of the Orange County High School of the Arts, the University of La Verne, and the USC Thornton School of Music.

His playing has been described as having great “sensitivity to colors” (Salt Lake City Tribune) and “effortless, with the music always in the forefront, and an overall effect…of music making that is too rarely heard.” (Frederick Swann).  His CD recording “Gargoyles,” available on iTunes, received rave reviews as being “an incisive and exciting performance” from Lowell Lieberman, the title track’s composer himself.

Born and raised in Guatemala, Mr. Durkovic studied at the National Conservatory of Guatemala, the Juilliard School, Salem College and the USC Thornton School of Music. He maintains a private teaching studio, is the Vice-President of the Lister-Sink Foundation and has served on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. He is also a founding member of the Los Angeles based Piano Quartet, CENTRAL4. Please visit his website for more information at




Antonio Lysy

Cellist Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly, both as a solo, and chamber music artist. 

Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello’s voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music. The currently touring show, “Te Amo, Argentina”, a personal journey through the heart and soul of Argentina’s fascinating culture, featuring solo cello and chamber works, dance, film, and spoken word, has met with widespread acclaim. 

Lysy's love and commitment to chamber music is demonstrated by his musical directorship and founding in 1989, of the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy ( Distinguished artists from around the globe take part in this idyllic summer retreat, which is crowned by performances in medieval fortresses, palazzi, and churches in the Southern Tuscan region. 

In 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal. He was also, for a number of years, visiting professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He now resides with his family in Los Angeles.