he Los Angeles
Collaboration strives to inspire and educate audiences with distinctive
programs of original arrangements and classical music. They seek to incorporate
their faith in God and their classical training into the music they bring to
churches, schools and concert halls. Their mission includes collaborating with
other musicians and educating the next generation of musicians.
The Los Angeles Collaboration was formed by pianist Duane Funderburk and
violinist Alex Russell in 2000. They give approximately 50 performances
annually, both in duo recitals and as soloists with orchestras. Their
music spans a wide spectrum of styles, including classical, sacred, jazz,
Broadway and other American music repertoire. Most distinctive about their
performances is the presentation of their original arrangements and
orchestrations in various genres.
As a duo they perform frequently throughout the United States, appearing
at the Museum of Biblical Art and Marble Collegiate Church in New York City,
at the Gardner Museum in Boston, as featured guest artists with the Houston
Choral Society and Orchestra, as part of the Salisbury House concert series
in Iowa, at various colleges and universities, as well as at numerous church-based
International appearances include duo performances in China, Australia, Singapore,
and in the UK at Oxford University and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. They have
performed as soloists with orchestras in Armenia, Canada, Lithuania, South Korea,
Sweden, and Ukraine. Additionally, they give masterclasses and lectures in schools
and universities around the world. The Los Angeles Collaboration has recorded four
albums: a live recital in England, and three with a studio orchestra. They have
appeared on the Far East Broadcasting Company radio network, and the nationally
broadcast Christian Television System (CTS) in Korea.
In 2010, selected arrangements written and performed by The Los Angeles Collaboration
were published through MorningStar Music Publishers of St. Louis, Missouri. In 2011
the duo will return to perform with the Armenian Philharmonic in Yerevan, Armenia,
and will perform with orchestra in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. The Los Angeles Collaboration
is a member of Chamber Music America.