Helping to Build a Strong Foundation for Success
EOIVC 2020 January 14-26, 2020
Christopher Tun Andersen
Christopher Tun Andersen started playing violin at the age of four. He has studied with Professor Isaac Schuldman, first at the Barratt Due Institute of Music and later from 2010 at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
From 2014, Christopher was admitted to graduate studies with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinca Kopec (Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program) at Manhattan School of Music, one of the world's leading music institutions.
Christopher is laureate and participant in several international violin competitions, including the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2015). He has won 2nd prize in the International Violin Competition in Wörthersee Austria (2007), 1st prize at the Jugend Musiziert competition in Germany along with the Europe Prize from the German Music Foundation (2007), and the Heifetz Prize in the IV International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition (2013).
He has participated at masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Sergei Stadler, Dora Schwarzberg, Anna Chumachenco, Pamela Frank, Kryzstof Wegzryn and Boris Kuschnir.
He has performed at festivals such as Holland International Music Sessions, Verbier Festival Academy, Kronberg Academy, Bergen International Festival and Glafsfjorden Music Festival. In 2015, Christopher was invited to play at the Oslo Chambermusic Festival with Arve Tellefsen in Oscarshall and in 2016 with Pinchas Zukerman in the University Aula.
15 years old, he made his debut with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Kantorov. Since then he has played with this orchestra in St. Petersburg's legendary concert halls and performed violin concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
In the year 2015, he performed as a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Minsk State Chamber Orchestra. During the same year, he was a soloist in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Sinding Suite in a minor. In 2016, at the Aftenposten New Year’s concert in Oslo Concert Hall, he played as a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Christopher plays on a violin built by G.B. Guadagnini (Milan 1753) kindly on loan by the Anders Sveaas Charitable Foundation.
From: Hong Kong
Born in Canada in 1997, Aaron Chan grew up in Hong Kong. Although his parents had no experience with music, they arranged violin lessons for their son when he was 5. Deeply intrigued by the sound of the instrument, Chan decided soon after to become a violinist. In 2006, he enrolled in the Junior Department of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), studying violin and viola – receiving a full scholarship for the latter – under Ray Tsoi, who had studied at the University of Oklahoma under Michael Ma and who also currently teaches at the HKAPA.
Since 2009, Chan has enjoyed an active career, presenting a recital each year and participating in numerous other public performance experiences, including serving as concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2013 and performing with renowned cellist Steven Isserlis. Chan also successfully participated in several competitions, winning First Prize in the Fourth ASEAN International Concerto Competition (for ages 18-25) and Third Prize in the First Global Youth Music Competition (violin) in Sydney. Chan also participated in the Hong Kong Music Festival competition, earning the top award in both the open strings and chamber music categories.
After completing high school, Chan enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he currently studies with Stephen Rose and Jinjoo Cho.
Brian Kwan Yeung Choi
Violinist Brian Kwan Yeung Choi is a student of Paul Biss at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he will graduate with his Bachelors in 2017. He focuses mainly on classical violin repertoire, but his interests extend to chamber music, orchestral playing, and contemporary repertoire, having frequently participated in new music performances. Brian has won numerous prizes, including the Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year First Prize in 2006. He has participated in international competitions including 11th Wieniawski International Violin Competition for young violinists and 6th Tchaikovsky International Youth Violin
Competition. He was also the third prize winner of the Bales Violin Competition in Boston in 2015.
Born in Hong Kong, Brian started learning the violin at the age of six. He entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) at the age of eight as a preparatory student studying with Kin Fung Leung, and completed the Certificate of Music in HKAPA at the age seventeen. Brian has extensive chamber music experience, studying and playing with renowned artists including Joel Krosnick, Laurie Smukler, Katherine Murdock, Mai Motobuchi, Yeesun Kim, Natasha Brofsky, Vivian Weilerstein. He has also performed in masterclasses including for members of the Parker String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet and the Szymanowski String Quartet. He attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival 2016.
Brian is currently the concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Hong Kong). He also has served as the concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Symphony, the Tuesday Night New Music Orchestra, and the Music Lab Orchestra (Hong Kong), and has been a substitute violinist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Age: 22 (at time of 2017 Competition)
From: United States
Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight," Sirena Huang is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists. She brings not only technical brilliance and powerful artistry to the stage, but also a profound sense of connection to her audience.
Sirena has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. Most recently, in February of 2017, Sirena was awarded First Prize at the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and in March, she was awarded the winner of the New York
Concert Artist. In 2009, she won First Prize Gold Medalist of the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She won First Prize and the Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition in 2011. That same year, she was also named the first Artist-in-Residence of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she was awarded the Hannloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. She is also a top prize winner at Singapore International Violin Competition as well as the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.
Sirena made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine, and has performed in seventeen countries across three continents. She has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Sarasota Arts Series, Albuquerque Chamber Music Festival, “The Great Music for a Great City” series in New York City, and many others.
Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Sirena has performed before world leaders, thinkers and humanitarians, including President Obama and Elie Wiesel. At age eleven, she gave a TED talk that garnered more than 2.5 million views. In 2006, she received the honor of playing for His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and thirty Nobel Prize Laureates at the World Peace Conference held in Petra. In 2007, under the invitation of former Czech Republic President Havel, she played in the Opening Ceremony of the “Forum 2000 World Conference” in Prague.
In addition to her TED Talk in 2006, Huang has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and NPR’s “From the Top" as well as several interviews with WNPR, CNBC, WTNH, WTIC, WB20 and Beethoven Radio.
For more information about Sirena, please visit her website at www.sirenahuang.com.
Ho-Hsuan Feng was born Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She started piano and violin studies at age four and in 2007, at age eleven, made her violin solo debut with Taipei Orchestra for Traditional Instruments. That same year she became the youngest student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München, studying with Prof. Ingolf Turban with whom she performed. In 2010 she transferred to the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin to join the violin class of Prof. Kolja Blacher. Having completed a bachelor degree there, she continues at the Hochscule Hanns Eisler in the master’s program. Ms. Fen has participated in master classes with Ana Chumachenko,
Rudens Turku, Tabea Zimmermann, Zakhar Bron, and Natasha Prishepenko. She has performed with the Youth Münchner Philharmoniker and was the concertmaster of the VBW-Festivalorchester. Before coming to Germany, Ms. Feng won awards at competitions in Taiwan and the Youth Award at the Leopold Mozart Competition in 2012.
From: United States
Violinist Luke Hsu has performed recitals and concerts in North America, South America, Asia, the Pacific, and Europe to critical acclaim in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro de Carlo Felice in Genoa, Jones Hall in Houston, and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. He has soloed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Odense Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra among many others. He has worked closely with
conductors such as Nikolaj Znaider, Hugh Wolff, Marek Pijowski, and Cristian Macelaru. His performances have been recorded and broadcasted on NPR, CBC and DR including a performance with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra featured on NPR’s Performance Today.
Luke is a top prize winner of the XV Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition 2016 in Poznan, where he also received a prize for his interpretation of the Mozart concerti unanimously given by the jury. Other achievements include having been unanimously awarded the 1st prize and the Isang Yun prize at the 12th ISANGYUN International Violin Competition 2014 in South Korea. He is also a top prize winner at the 10th Nielsen International Violin Competition 2016 in Denmark, first prize winner of the Ima Hogg Houston 2016 Symphony Competition, and a laureate of the 2013 Concours Musical International de Montreal. Luke is also an avid chamber musician and is the violinist of the Beacon St. Trio, a piano trio formed in the New England Conservatory. In addition to his piano trio, he has collaborated with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Frankl, Colin Carr, and musicians from the New York Philharmonic. Festival appearances include La Jolla SummerFest, YellowBarn Chamber Music, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program, Tongyeong International Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music and Masterclass Program, and New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Luke started studying the violin with his mother Yueming Song. Later, he studied with Cho-Liang Lin and Donald Weilerstein. Currently an American Society for the Royal Academy of Music scholar, he attends the Royal Academy of Music in London this fall pursuing the Advanced Diploma, studying with Rodney Friend.
From: United States
Ari Isaacman-Beck, of Brighton, Massachusetts, is the founding violinist of Trio Cleonice, formed in 2008 and most recently the Graduate Piano Trio-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. With the trio, he gave performances across the US and in Europe at venues such as Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; the group premiered and championed the 2nd Piano Trio of Richard Wernick (which was written for Trio Cleonice), as well as the music of other major American composers such as Donald Martino, Arthur Berger, and Elliott Carter. In addition to enjoying the group’s busy concert career, Isaacman-Beck won
top prizes with the trio at the 2014 Schoenfeld International and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions, and has enjoyed artist residencies at Yellow Barn, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Wellesley College.
An accomplished solo violinist, Isaacman-Beck has presented recitals in Boston, New York, and across the Midwest United States. He is the 2016 winner of the Lili Boulanger International Competition, won second prize at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, and received the Josie and Elsie Scharff Prize from the Cleveland Institute; at the former, the Swiss newspaper Le Nouveliste praised his playing for its “impressive, masterful finesse.” Isaacman-Beck’s performances have been broadcast on Public Radio in Boston, New York, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. Isaacman-Beck received degrees from the Cleveland Institute, Juilliard, Mannes, and New England Conservatory; his major violin teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Ronald Copes, Laurie Smukler, Mark Steinberg, David Updegraff, and Mary West. Isaacman-Beck is himself a devoted teacher, and serves on the faculty of Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program. He previously taught at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, The Rivers Conservatory, and Junior Greenwood Music Camp, and has given masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Hawaii, and Husson College.
“Isaacman-Beck played with enormous soul and a big, vibrant sound.”
-The Reading Eagle, December 2015
Alina Ming Kobialka
From: United States
Nineteen-year old violinist Alina Ming Kobialka has performed with many ensembles, both nationally and internationally. At the age of 14, she made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at their 100th Anniversary Reunion Concert in Davies Symphony Hall, and was featured live on the nationally acclaimed radio show NPR’s From the Top. Not long after, she took the grand prize at the 2012 Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition, and made her Mondavi Center debut with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. She proceeded to tour with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra throughout Europe, performing in some of the
continent’s most prestigious halls and festivals, including the Berlin Philharmonie and Rheingau Musik Festival.
In 2014, Alina made her debuts with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Kagawa International Youth Orchestra in Japan. She was also invited back for her second solo appearance with the San Francisco Symphony, and performed with the Macau Youth Symphony for their New Years’ Concert. In 2015, she made her debut with the California Symphony, and returned as a guest soloist with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Camellia Symphony, and Symphony Parnassus for their 25th Anniversary Concert.
The San Francisco Classical Voice describes Ms. Kobialka as a “jaw-droppingly assured” soloist, who “made present and future converge.” The Las Vegas Review Journal writes, “Watch for her name. She appears to be bound for greatness.” She has been featured on the television shows “Vegas Morning Blend” on ABC, and the Macau Morning Show. Alina is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Program, and the Colburn Music Academy. Her past teachers include Li Lin, Wei He, Danielle Belen, and Robert Lipsett. She currently studies with Ilya Kaler.
Erzhan Kulibaev is establishing himself as one of the most exciting and gifted young concert soloists. He won the 2015 S&R Washington Award and is a prize winner at the Wieniawski and Enescu Competitions, and First Prize winner at the Demidovski, Lisbon, Novosibirsk, Hindemith, Buenos-Aires, Manhattan International Musical Competition in New York.He received the prize for the Best Duo at the Lausanne Academy.
Erzhan’s recent concert engagements included debuts at Carnegie Hall's Stern
Auditorium in New York, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall in Saint Petersburg, St. James Church Piccadilly in London, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Sony Center in Toronto, Berlin Konzerthaus, "Opera Bastille", Gran Rex Theater in Buenos-Aires, Auditorio de Tenerife. He has performed with orchestras including Poznan Philharmonic, Sinfonia Iuventus Warsaw, Royal Chambre Wallonie, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sinfónica Tenerife, Castilla y Leon Symphony, Rzeszów Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Moscow, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, The "Astana-Opera" Symphony , Sinfonietta Cracovia, Philharmonia Pomorska, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Kraków Philharmonic, Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, Radom Chamber.
He collaborated with Gergiev, Pijarowski, Ashkenazy, Vengerov, Minz, Duczmal, Feddeck, Kiradjiev, Hofstetter, Gintoli, lhez, Mukhitdinov, Payare, Posada, Rajski, Saul, Strugała, Wojciechowski, and Golan, Lucantoni. He has performed in many festivals: Salzburg Festival, "Chopin and his Europe" and Beethoven Easter Festival, Santander Festival, Kasama Music Festival in Japan, Henryk Wieniawski Festival, LongLake Festival in Lugano and Crans Montana Classics. He toured in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Japan. He has recorded a CD for Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
Erzhan graduated from Music School of Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 2004 studied in the class of Zakhar Bron at Queen Sofia High School of Music. He was rewarded with an Honorary Diploma by the Queen of Spain and performed in the Royal Palace of Pardo. Erzhan is a student of Prof. Pierre Amoyal in Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
After winning a Premio Tango for best interpretation of an argentine tango at the Buenos Aires Competition, Erzhan is making his own arrangements of Piazzolla's music and performs them at concerts.
At age of 13, Ms.Lao was invited to perform the Mendelssohn E minor violin concerto as a soloist with the China Beijing Symphony Orchestra at Beijing Concert Hall. After her debut with the orchestra under the artistic director of the Panama Philharmonic, Mr. Jorge Bradley, she has been invited back many times to give concerts. After listening to Ms.Lao’s playing, Maestro Gidon Kremer said, “She will become a great violinist. She’s got everything a great violinist needs ... a beautiful tone, great technical skills and passion!”
Ms.Lao has concertized to great acclaim all across China, the United States as a recitalist and as a soloist in orchestras including: New York Hudson Valley Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati College Philharmonic, Starling Artaria Ensemble, and many others, collaborating with Jorge Ledezma Bradley, Xiaoying Zheng, Mark Gibson, Guoyong Zhang on many of the most well-known violin concertos by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozar and among others. She has appeared on Chinese, American and British national radio and newspaper.
Ms. Lao has won several competitions, including first prize at the Hudson Valley string competition in 2009, first prize at the China Central Conservatory violin competition, and the special prize for "The excellent young contestant" at the China (Qing Dao) International violin competition in 2005. She was also the third prize winner at the China National Violin Art Competition, the National Violin Competition. Ms. Lao has won the full scholarship and has been invited to perform and attend major music festivals throughout the world, including Itzhak Perlman Music Academy, Meadowmount, Salzburg Music Festival and Academy, Moritzburg Music Festival and Academy, Yellow Barn Music festival and Great Wall Music Festival.
Li Lao was born in China. She attended the Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, where she studied with the Chinese Violin prodigy Prof. Yaoji Lin. After graduated from high school, she won the full Starling scholarship to study at College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus. Afterwards, she received a full scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, United States. She received her Bachelor Master of Music degree under the guidance of Mr. Donald Weilerstein. Currently, Ms.Lao continue discover her musical career under Prof. Zakhar Bron.
Li is using a fine old Italian violin made by G B Guadagnini in Piacenza 1747 kindly loaned by Florian Leonhard Fine violins LLP.
From: South Korea
Born in 1992 in South Korea, Jiyoon comes from a musical family. She started violin at the age of four. She was accepted to the Korean National University of Arts only at the age of fifteen. In 2013, Jiyoon moved to Berlin to continue her study with Prof. Kolja Blacher at Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’.
Her talent has been proved through numerous prizes and distinctions. In April 2016, Jiyoon became the first prize winner in the Carl Nielsen Violin Competition along with additional 2 special prizes. In previous years, she has won first prize in the
Windsor International String Competition in 2015 and David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in 2013. In addition, she has become a laureate of Queen Elisabeth International Competition (2015), Indianapolis violin competition(2014), Sarasate International Violin Competition(2011).
Jiyoon has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Indianapolis symphony orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de Camara Galicia, ECCO Ensemble, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra KBS Orchestra and Korean Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with such many artists as Nikolaj Znaider, Marin Alsop and Jac van Steen to name few.
Not only a soloist but also a devoted chamber musician, Jiyoon regularly takes part in music festivals across Europe including Verbier Festival and Kronberg Academy Festival, and collaborates with many leading musicians of the young generation.
Jiyoon plays on ‘Petrus Guarnerius anno 1730 Venedig’, kindly on a loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.
Quanshuai Li is the recipient of various awards and prizes, including the Cincinnati College of Music’s Concerto Competition in 2013, performing Britten’s Violin Concerto with the CCM Symphony Orchestra. The following year, Mr. Li received a Maggini violin at the Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany; and he has also been awarded “Outstanding Player” at the 8th National China Violin Competition in 2008 and is winner of The Central Conservatory of Music's Bach Competition in 2012.
Born in Shenyang, China, Mr. Li began violin studies at the age of five. At age twelve, he was admitted to Shenyang Conservatory of Music’s middle school program studying with renowned violin professor Yaoji Lin. He received his bachelor’s degree from Central Conservatory of Music with Professor Vera Tsu, and has also served as concertmaster for The Central Conservatory of Music's China Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Li came to the United States in 2013 and obtained his artist diploma from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus. He is currently pursuing his master's degree from University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in the studio of Professor Linda Wang; as recipient of the distinguished Newman Fellowship. Mr. Li has been privileged to participate in numerous masterclasses with such acclaimed violinists as Shlomo Mintz, Andrés Cárdenes and Mikhail Kopelman. Upcoming performances include a recital at the Clifford Still Museum in Denver and a chamber music collaboration with Keng-Yuen Tseng, violin professor at Peabody.
Christine Seohyun Lim
From: United States/South Korea
Currently attending the Curtis Institute of Music, 22- year old Christine has participated in many international festivals, recitals and competitions, inculuding performing with Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, the South Bohemian Orchestra in Austria and playing at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Korean- born Christine has also won numerous prize including 1st prize at the 12th Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition in Germany and 2nd prize at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Korea. In 2014 3rd prize at the Menuhin Competition. Christine also participated in Verbier Academy
Max Yiming Mao
Yiming Mao began studying the violin at the age of six in Shenzhen, China studying under the tutelage of Zhifa Sheng and Jie Zhang. During this period, he won competitions in China, including First Prize at the 10th and 11th Guangdong Province Violin Competition in 2005 and 2007, the Gold Award in the 1st Chinese Violin Competition for Chinese Works in 2006, and First Prize in the China Youth Violin Competition in 2007.
In 2007, Mao enrolled at the Shenzhen Arts School to study with violinist Songyang
Li. At that time, he attended summer music academies, including International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing. He also performed frequently in China at prestigious venues, including Shenzhen Concert Hall and Beijing Concert Hall. After high school, Mao traveled to the U.S. to study with Kurt Sassmannshaus at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where he won the CCM Concerto Competition several times and performed the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Glazunov Violin Concerto and Paganini Concerto No.1 with orchestras.
Mao is now pursuing a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he is a student of Malcolm Lowe, Concertmaster of Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Dongfang Ouyang began playing the violin at age 4 in his hometown of Beijing, China. At age 10, he enrolled in the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, Ukraine, transferring in 2004 to the famed Central Music School in Moscow. In 2009, He moved to the United States to study with Weigang Li and Shumel Ashkenasi at Bard College in New York State, from which he graduated with majors in violin performance and Russian studies.
Ouyang has performed as a soloist in major concerts halls around the world, including
the Great Hall in Moscow, Malinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. He performed the U.S premiere of Erkki Melartin’s Violin Concerto with American Symphony orchestra.
Dongfang Ouyang is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, studying with Glenn Dicterow.
Ji Won Song
From: South Korea
Seoul native Ji Won Song has performed on stages world-wide and has achieved much international acclaim.
Since her debut at the Kennedy Center at age 12, Ms. Song has been featured as a soloist with many prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Munich Radio Orchestra.
Ms. Song has received first prize and audience prize at the Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg, first prize and the classical music prize at the China International Violin Competition (Qingdao), first prize and the best Chinese work prize at The Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, and first prize with the audience prize in The Schadt Competition. In addition, she was a prize winner at Concours International de Violon Tibor Varga, Carl Nielsen International violin competition, and Yehudi Menuhin International Competition.
Ms. Song began her musical studies at age five and was a student in the pre-college division of the Korean National University of the Arts, where she studied violin with Nam-Yun Kim and Bon-Jiu Koo. Upon moving to the United States, Ms. Song studied violin with David Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She then began her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14, where she studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Victor Danchenko, and graduated with Milka/Curtis Violin Artist Prize, given by the Markow Totevy Foundation and the Curtis Institute of Music. Currently, Ms. Song studies with distinguished violinists Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory of Music.
From: United States/South Korea
Korean-American violinist Elly Suh was recently named the 1st prize winner of the 2016 Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition in Lviv, Ukraine, as well as a top prize winner in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition (Italy, 2015), Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand, 2015), Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition (Russia, 2013), and the Naumburg International Violin Competition (USA, 2012). She has also received awards from the Society for Strings and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (YoungArts), and has appeared on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and NPR’s From
Praised as “a sensitive and absorbing interpreter” (Musical America), Elly has performed at the Pro Arte Musical “Young Virtuosos Series,” the Atlantic Music Festival, Banff International Masterclasses, the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Program, the Taos School of Music, and the Meadowmount School of Music. As a founding member of the Northway Quintet, together with the ensemble she received the silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana, USA. Elly regularly performs with the New York Classical Players and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, and performed as guest concertmaster with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York City.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Elly began violin lessons at age five and entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division at the age of ten. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music, where her teachers included Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, and Sally Thomas. Since 2015 Elly is a Postgraduate Diploma candidate at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in the class of Professor Pierre Amoyal.
Chiharu Taki is the Winner of Novosbirsk International Violin Competition (Junior division), Winner of Menuhin International Violin Competition, (Junior division) , and Third prize of David Oistrakh Violin Competition.
In 2002, at the age of 15, she was chosen to perform as a soloist with the Toho Gakuen Alumni Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.In 2004, just 16 years old, she released a solo debut CD using a violin made by Chang Heryern Jin, a well-know violin maker in Japan. While a high school student, she performed with many of major
Japanese orchestras. In August 2008, she gave a debut recital with Kazune Shimizu displaying her outstanding technique and musicality. She appeared on several TV programs, one of which includes Lalo’s “Symphonie espagnole.” This was broadcast in 2009 on NHK’s program “Forest of Orchestras.”
In 2011, Taki performed with Shota Nakano at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo. Additionally in 2013, they performed a duo recital at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and toured Berlin and Rostock in 2015.
Taki continued superb musical activities in Europe. In 2002, she gave a recital in Pitea, Sweden and in 2004 in Novosibirsk, Russia. In 2008, she performed Sibelius violin concerto with Athens Symphony Orchestra conducted by L. Svarovsky in Greece and also Brahms violin concerto with Niderbayerish Symphony Orchestra in Passau, Germany.
She played with Haruko Ueda at Salle Gaveau in Paris in 2010 and formed the piano trio ”Gachini” in 2011. In 2012, she received an award in the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse competition and appeared on Radio Swiss Classic. Around the same time, she was invited to be a concertmistress of the Animato Sriftung Orchestra. A most promising student in Switzerland, Taki went on an European tour including Bratislava, Graz, Bern, Berlin, Prague and Wien. In 2014 and 2015, she was invited to the Davos Festival as Davos Camerata’s concertmistress.
In November 2015, she performed Bruch violin concerto at the Berliner Philharmonie under the baton Seitaro Ishikawa. Her fantastic talent and elegance have been recognized worldwide and since 2015 she has worked as a Pictet patronage artist of Pictet Asset Management (Japan) Ltd.
She actively addresses a variety of music performance which exemplify her personality and individuality.
Chiharu Taki has studied with Reiko Kaminishi, Akiko Tatsumi, and Zakhar Bron. After studying at Toho Gakuen Music High School and Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, she presently studies with Saschko Gawriloff at Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin.
From: United States
American violinist Hannah Tarley began playing the violin at age two. She has since been a soloist with orchestras such as the Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, Narva City Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Soloists, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. As both a soloist and chamber musician, Hannah has debuted in some of the world’s most acclaimed concert halls, including Davies Symphony Hall, Wigmore Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Royal Festival Hall and Leipzig’s Gewandaus. Hannah has worked with numerous conductors including
Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater and Benjamin Schwartz, and has participated in various festivals, including the Perlman Music Program, Olympic Music Festival, Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, Heifetz International Music Institute, Seiji Ozawa Academy and Aspen Music Festival and School. At age twelve, Hannah was appointed the youngest concertmaster in the history of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, leading the orchestra on two European Tours.
Hannah has taken part in masterclasses/courses with Zakhar Bron, Elmar Oliveira, Mihaela Martin, Midori, Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Pinchas Zukerman, Ruggero Ricci, and Daniel Hope.
She has performed with leading musicians such as Nobuko Imai, Shlomo Mintz, Mark Kaplan, Itamar Zorman, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In addition to participating in the prestigious Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop and Winter Residency, Hannah was selected as an Artist-in-Residence for the 2015 Heifetz International Music Institute. She has taken part in various outreach projects for the Perlman Music Program, as well as the Heifetz Institute. A first prize winner of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s International Shining Stars Competition, Hannah debuted in Carnegie Hall.
Hannah is the Founder and Artistic Director of Notes By The Bay Music Festival, an exciting new children's music program in California. Founded in 2015, the Festival presents a unique platform for kids to be imaginative, create theatrical concerts that feature poetry readings and ensemble playing, as well as perform on stage alongside their artistic mentors.
Previously a full scholarship student at the Colburn School studying with Robert Lipsett, Hannah received her Bachelor’s Degree, with First Class Honors, from the Royal College of Music in London under the guidance of Mark Messenger. She is currently working towards a Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho.
From: South Korea
Violinist Wonhee Bae is a young international soloist quickly becoming known as one of the most promising artists of her generation. She has performed as soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Bucharest Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, the Stanislavski Danchenko Theater Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Bergische Symphoniker, and Iasi Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has performed in top concert halls of the world such as the Frankfurt Alte Oper, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Festival Hall London, the Großer Saal of the
Mozarteum in Salzburg as part of Salzburg Festspiele, Baden-Baden Philharmonie Hall, the Athenaeum Bucharest, and on the Kumho Prodigy Seoul series. Her performances have been heard frequently on radio broadcasts in Europe, Asia, and the United States on WQXR FM in New York, Radio Suisse Romande, SWR, MDR Figaro Rundfunk Germany, ORF in Austria, and WHYY in Philadelphia.
Ms. Bae is a 1st prize winner of the 26th Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy and a top prize-winner of many other international competitions such as the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians, the Isang Yun International Violin Competition. In 2012, she won the ‘Ocean Classical Award’, the world’s largest public prize, in a competition of international violinists under the musical direction of Justus Frantz.
An active chamber musician, she has performed internationally with renowned musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Jens Peter Maintz, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in concert halls including the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Royal Academy of Arts in London, and the Smetana Hall in Prague. She has attended prestigious music festivals such as the IMAS festival in Switzerland under Maestro Seiji Ozawa, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck, Germany, and the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute for Young Artists in Chicago, Illinois.
She is studying with Mihaela Martin at the Cologne Musikhochschule in Konzertexamen.
For the EOIVC Ms. Bae plays on a Guadagnini violin kindly loaned by Florian Leonhard.
'Uncommon musicianship, immaculate bowing technique and impeccable intonation…' the Strad UK