“…hypnotic…amazing!…instantly captured the audience…”
— Bob Saar, The Hawk Eye
“… a bold, aggressive tone and a body language that speaks loud and clear to audiences raised on rock videos.”
Under the leadership of Lindsay Deutsch (violin/vocals), Take3’s core group includes pianist Jason Stoll and cellist Mikala Schmitz.
The dynamic trio merges classical and top pop hits, Americana, Oldies, and everything in between. With rock-star charisma and masterful technique, Take3 performs its own arrangements with a diverse repertoire that includes Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion Tango,” the Latin Grammy-winning hit “Despacito,” and the electrifying rendition of Imagine Dragons’ “Natural” merged with the “Habanera” aria from Bizet’s opera “Carmen.”
Take3 has an impressive touring history, traveling to most of the 50 states in large and intimate settings, playing to sold-out venues. Whether performing with a full orchestra, small backup orchestra and percussion, or as a trio only, Take3 enjoys standing ovations every time. Dancers may be included as well as laser illuminations and video projections.
With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, is a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene. She has thrilled audiences worldwide with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship.
Lindsay is presently touring as a solo violinist with Yanni having just finished up tours with him throughout North America, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Abu Dhabi. Future tours will include Indonesia, China and more.
Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and artistic director of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, says of Lindsay, “A conductor dreams about finding a soloist who understands the essential responsibility of helping change a large community’s view of classical music. In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”
Lindsay frequently appears as guest soloist with American and Canadian symphonies. Her performance of Astor Piazzolla “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, was selected for NPR’s Symphony Cast Program. Her movie credits include playing the solo violin sound track for the movie, “The Good Shepherd” starring Robert De Niro.
Lindsay received her education from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied under Robert Lipsett. Lindsay Deutsch plays on an 1845 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin.
Southern Californian pianist, Jason Stoll, has garnered many praises and awards for his performances throughout his career thus far.
Jason has also competed internationally and was named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition and Finalist in the 2013 American Paderewski Piano Competition.
Over the years, Jason has been both participant and performer at several notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, and PianoFest in the Hamptons. While in residence at these festivals, Mr. Stoll has had the privilege of working closely with faculty from many prestigious conservatories and universities.
Jason holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His principal teachers included John Roscigno, Dmitry Rachmanov, Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, and David Louie.
Hailed by San Francisco’s Civic Center for her “…professional and highest caliber of playing,” Los Angeles-based cellist Mikala Schmitz is an avid performer of many different styles of cello playing. Mikala often finds herself crossing over into a variety of musical genres. From jazz and electronic to classical and baroque, Mikala continues to find new and fascinating collaborative avenues.
Mikala’s work with the English rock group The Last Shadow Puppets took her all over Europe, and you can hear her on their album “The Dream Synopsis EP.” You can also hear her on television shows such as Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” and HBO’s “The Brink.” Mikala will resume her award-winning tenure with Tim Robbins’s acting troupe, The Actors’ Gang, on a national tour of their production of “The New Colossus,” an original one-act play written and directed by Tim Robbins and members of the cast, with original music by Mikala and David Robbins.
Mikala holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, where she studied cello with Darrett Adkins. Mikala also holds a M.M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with The Cleveland Orchestra’s assistant principal cellist.