Hyunjung Kim, Violin
The Strad Korea hailed Hyunjung Kim as “a violinist to watch,” praising her “brilliant technique, warm and sophisticated musical intelligence.” Ms. Kim`s recent highlights include solo performances in Carnegie`s Weill Recital Hall, Théâtre de Valère, and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
Ms. Kim has been featured on KBS`s Classic Odyssey (Korea), String,&Bow magazines ,Korean Newspaper, and her performances have been broadcasted by the Suisse-Espace 2 (Switzerland) and KBS Classic FM (Korea). Her wide chamber music experience includes an invitation from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation to tour Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama.
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A winner of several international competitions, Ms. Kim was the recipient of the 2008 Kumho Rising Star. She has won several prestigious international competitions, including the Moscow Classical Heritage International Competition, the Yokohama International Competition, the Sion International Duo Competition “Feast of Duos” and American Prize competition.
Ms. Kim received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Boston University, a Master of Music from New England Conservatory, Pinchas Zukerman`s Performance Program from Manhattan School of Music as full scholarship recipient, and a Bachelor from Seoul National University. Her mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Pinchas Zukerman, Patty Kopec, Martin Beaver, and Bayla Keyes. Ms Kim is currently managed by agency Unique Network Inc. New York.
Minjung Chun, Viola
Violist Minjung Chun has been the recipient of numerous performance honors and prizes. She was First Prize Winner of the Korean Chamber Orchestra Competition in Strings and Sungshin Women's University Competition. She was a top prizewinner in the American Protégé Competition's Concerto division, and was invited to perform in the Winners’ Recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
She was also the top prizewinner in several important Competitions sponsored by the Korean media, including the Korean National Journal Competition, the Segye Daily Newspaper Competition, and the Kukmin Daily Newspaper Competition.
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She was chosen to perform as a concerto soloist with the Yewon Orchestra and with the Rumanian National Orchestra. Her first solo recital was as a winner of the Kumho Young Artist auditions in Korea. As a chamber player, she was presented in a Kumho Chamber Music Concert, Buam Art Chamber Concert, and she has performed with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Norfolk Music Festival, Vista Chamber Concert as well as in joint faculty/doctoral student performances on BU's "Chamber Music Masterworks" series. She was a chosen one of the Kaplan Fellows in Bowdoin International Festival and played Kaplan Fellow Chamber Concert. She was invited to the Primrose International Viola Competition, Hugo Kauder International Viola Competition as a finalist, and participated in many music festivals including The Summit Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival as well.
She attended Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School and graduated with top honors. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree at Korean National University of Arts, and the Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma at Yale University’s School of Music, where she studied with Ettore Causa. She is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University's School of Music, studying with Michelle LaCourse. She is actively involved in several ensembles and orchestras including Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Cantata Singers, Philharmonia Boston, NEMPAC Chamber Orchestra and Soloists of New England Ensemble.
Ju Hee Kang, Flute
Hailed by Portland Press Herald “A solo virtuoso display carried off brilliantly by Ju Hee Kang on flute.” (August.2014). With her passion of Chamber musician, she performed J.S. Bach Brandenburg concertos at Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Performed Mozart Flute Concerto in G Major at Cooperstown Summer Music Festival as a guest artist. She also participated Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Kaplan Fellow, which had 11 concerts in the session and got a full scholarship. Ms. Kang was also performed with Astral Artist and Sound Icon, which are famous chamber ensembles in the U.S.
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She had selected as a player in the master class with world-famous flutists Emmanuel Pahud presented by Weill music institute at Carnegie hall. As a soloist, she had her first official solo recital in 2011 her native in Korea which she was chosen as the solo performer under that title ‘Hyundai rising star concert.’ Also, she has made concerto performed with the New York Summer Music Festival Orchestra, the Yonsei String Orchestra and Sinfonietta, and the Romaniam Radio Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Ms. Kang has won top prizes in numerous competitions, Alexander & Buono International Competition, The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the Pusan Music Competition, Yonsei University Competition, the Ewha-Kyunghang Competition and the Music Journal Competition among others.She had performed at verity places; Trinity Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie hall in NYC, The National Flute Association Festival (2008,San Diego), Se-Jong center for the Performing Arts, Yun-Ju-Yong Hall in Korea, Jewish home Life care of Manhattan, Corpus Christi Church at Manhattan.She received her undergraduate degree from Yonsei University with Shin Jung Oh. Recipient of a Presidential Award, Ju Hee Kang also holds the Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music with Linda Chesis. Today, she is pursuing her doctoral study at Boston University.
HoKyong Choi, Piano
Pianist Hokyong Choi has won several prestigious international competitions, including the second prize at the 2018 Paderewski International Piano Competition, and the first prize at the 2017 Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition, the 2017 East Coast International Competition, and the 2017 American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition. As a winner of multiple competitions, she has frequently performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ms. Choi’s 2016 New York debut at Weill Recital Hall came after winning the first prize in the 2016 American Protege International Competition. She also played at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Room as a selected pianist in Richard Goode’s Masterclass, and this led her to being invited to give a solo recital as a guest artist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
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Ms Choi has also garnered awards at competitions presented by the Baltimore Music Club, the Korean Times, Classical Music Magazine Chun Chu, the Korea-German Brahms Institute, the Korea International Piano Competition, and the Sejong Orchestra. She has performed in Puerto Rico, Belgium, China, Korea, and the United States, including as one of the piano soloists in the Boston premiere of Percy Grainger’s “The Warriors” with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra in Boston Symphony Hall. She made her debut at the Sejong Center for Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea in 2010 in the Chun Chu Rising Star series, and performed at Seoul National University as a selected performer in the 2010 Schumann Festival.
An accomplished chamber artist, Hokyong Choi’s chamber group, Soloists of New England, was invited to perform at the 2018 Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She was also invited to perform at the Wellesley Free Library in 2017 and her solo and chamber performances have been filmed by Wellesley Media Corporation, a Wellesley, Massachusetts cable station. For the past two years Ms. Choi has been invited to serve as a staff pianist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Ms. Choi received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Boston University, a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor‘s degree in music from Seoul National University. Her mentors include Hee Sung Joo, Yong Hee Moon, and Boaz Sharon.
Young Sook Lee
Young Sook Lee, a native of South Korea has appeared as an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout North America and in Asia.
Beginning playing the cello at the age of ten, she studied with emeritus professor Chung Shim Baik at Seoul National University in Korea and continued her studies at New England Conservatory and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University.
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She participated as a fellow musician at Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and performed under the baton of world renowned maestros including Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
She has won numerous competitions, awards in US and Asia and recently performed as a soloist with Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and Hwaum boston chamber orchestra. Throughout her musical carrier, she has performed at various venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, UN Center, TD Garden and Boston Symphony Hall and was invited to Peabody Institute Library and Brookline public library concert series.
As an active chamber musician, she was invited to Beethoven Institute in New York and the 10th Daejeon Chamber music Festival hosted by Korean Broadcasting System in Korea. Mrs. Lee is currently engaged with Symphony New Hampshire, Philharmonia Boston, Duo Nouveau and SONE(Soloists of New England) as a cellist.
Nathaniel Taylor, CELLO
Nathaniel Taylor, Filipino/African-American cellist, is establishing himself as a passionate and charismatic performer with a variety of solo and chamber music engagements across the United States. Nathaniel is the Grand Prize winner of the ASTA Masters Competition (2016), Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition (2017), and has received fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center (2017/2018) and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (2018).
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Nathaniel made his solo debut in 2016 with Jonathan McPhee and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. He has also appeared as soloist with the Lexington Symphony, cello ensemble “BoCoCelli”, and the Hemenway Strings; a conductorless chamber orchestra led by internationally acclaimed violinist Lynn Chang. Future engagements include the “Colour of Music” Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival with the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, and Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No.2 with Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra of Indian Hill.
An active chamber musician, Nathaniel has been chosen numerous times to play in the Chamber Music Honors Concerts at the Boston Conservatory in performances of Berg String Quartet Op.3, Ravel String Quartet, Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Dvorak “Dumky” Trio, and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. In 2016, he was invited to play on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center as well as Sirius XM Radio with the BoCoCelli Quartet and the “No Strings Attached” Brass Quintet. A past highlight of this season was a performance of Schubert's famous Cello Quintet in C Major with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Nathaniel received his B.M (2015), Graduate Performance Diploma (2017), and Professional Studies Certificate (2018) from the Boston Conservatory where he studied with cellist Rhonda Rider. Beginning in the Fall, he will continue his studies at the Boston Conservatory where he will be a candidate for the institutions most prestigious program, the Artist Diploma.
Nathaniel currently plays on a Valentino De Zorzi cello dated 1910.
SAMUEL KELDER, VIOLA
Violist Samuel Kelder is an unswerving proponent of contemporary repertoire, chamber music, orchestral playing, and music education. Kelder’s multifaceted career spans the historic practice of Baroque era to fresh ink of contemporary composer-performer collaborations.
Described as “dynamic and committed” by the Boston Globe, Sam performs regularly in New England with ensembles A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Guerilla Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, and various regional symphony orchestras including Cape Cod Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Phoenix Orchestra Reborn, and the New Bedford Symphony.
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Kelder is violist of Boston based string trio Sound Energy, an ensemble dedicated to searching for ways to push the traditional violin-viola-cello combination to represent the bold and daring voices of 20th- & 21st-century composers. Additionally, Sam has recently begun viola duo Shizuka with Hannah Rose Nicholas, which aims to expand the rich yet often overlooked repertoire for alto pairing through composer-performer and multimedia collaborations.
In addition to local projects, he has also performed with the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway, the Barnes Ensemble of Philadelphia, as the featured artist at Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, and as soloist at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Sam holds a B.M. from the University of Houston, M.M. from Mannes the New School for Music, and graduated May 2017 from doctoral studies at Boston University as teaching assistant to Michelle LaCourse. Other major teachers and influences include Wayne Brooks, Karen Dreyfus, Kyung Sun Lee, Laurie Smukler, and Bayla Keyes.
Sam has had the great fortune to work with many prominent living composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, Hans Abrahamsen, Zosha Di Castri, Eric Wubbles, Olga Neuwirth, Heinz Holliger, Matthius Pintscher, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roger Reynolds, Chaya Czernowin, Nico Muhly, Philippe Leroux, Anthony Cheung, Michael Finnissey, Marti Epstein, Nick Vines, Joan Tower, William Bolcom, Derek Bermel, and John Harbison.
Sam can be heard on Not Art Records.
Sam is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our home communities