Ye-jin Han – Violinist
The versatile Korean violinist/violist Ye-jin Han has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and made her New York debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Praised for her “pure, expressive tone” and “effortless playing,” Ms. Han has been a prizewinner at numerous competitions including the Città di Brescia International Violin Competition in Italy and Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has collaborated with many world renowned artists and ensembles, such as the Emerson String Quartet, and has appeared at various international music festivals including Fontainebleau Schools, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Carl Flesch Academie and Banff Centre Master Classes.
She is also a founding member of the Bergen String Quartet, which actively performs throughout the greater New York City area. In 2016, Ye-jin Han performed with the Quartet in the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series, and in the Puffin Cultural Froum Concert Series. She will also be performing Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra on April 16, 2016.
Ms. Han holds a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University, Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers include Soovin Kim, Phillip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Lucie Robert, Lisa Kim and Chong-sook Lee.
She is currently a violin/viola/chamber faculty member at the Music Academy of Long Island and maintains a private studio, which has produced many winners at state competitions, and musical leaders in local orchestras and conservatories.
Hyun Ji Choi, Celloist
Hyun Ji Choi, a native of Seoul, S. Korea, studied cello at Yaewon Art School. After coming to the United States, she entered the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division to continue her musical studies. She continued to earn her bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and her master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music both as a scholarship student, studying with Ardyth Alton and Alan Harris. An avid performer, Hyun Ji has performed in many of the leading halls in New York City including Alice Tully Hall of the Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Juilliard Theatre among others and has toured Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has participated in the Pacific Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Toronto Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Killington Music Festival. Over the years, she was invited to play in masterclasses led by Janos Starker, Dennis Brott, Paul Kats, and members of Emerson String Quartet, and Tokyo String Quartet. Recently, she was featured as a soloist with The Grand Rapids Ballet Company in collaboration with choreographer Francis Lawrence in his composition for Ballet with Solo Cello titled “The Latitude”.
In 2012, she became a member of The Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan. She is also a member of Apas Piano Trio and presents frequent concerts at various recital series in Chicago.
Gloria Oh, Flute
Gloria Huh currently holds the second and assistant principal flute position at the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico.
As a founding member of Duo Pathos, flute and piano ensemble, she gave a debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, New York, USA, presented by the Artists International in 2008. She has performed as a soloist with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and Yucatan Youth Orchestra of Mexico.
Ms. Huh is a prize winner of the Young Artist Competition of the National Flute Association, and a winner of Canadian Music Competition for flute. She was invited to participate in the Young Artist Programme at the National Arts Centre of Canada under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada under direction of Boris Brott, and she has also participated in the Banff masterclass programme and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Ms. Huh completed her Bachelor of Music degree at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, USA, and Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Her teachers include Lorna McGhee, Carol Wincenc, Camille Churchfield, and Kate Hill. She has performed in masterclasses given by Sir James Galway, William Bennett, Maxence Larrieu, Jonathan Snowden, and Mathieu Dufour.