Ye-jin Han – Violinist
Praised for her eloquent and passionate performances, Korean-born violinist Ye-jin Han made her New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, and Korea and has been prize winner at many competitions including the First prize at the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York, and the Special Prize at the Citta di Brescia International Violin Competition in Italy. From performing on period instruments with the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble, to world premiere performances with the Contemporary Chamber Players, Dr. Han’s diversity and flexibility has been captivating audiences around the world.
Dr. Han began her studies in violin and piano at the age of seven, and attended the Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School, and Seoul National University in Korea. She won top honors from the Korea Times, Chosun National Daily, and the Youth Chamber Music competitions and appeared in concert at the Young San Arts Center, Kum Ho Arts Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. She also performed as soloist with the Modern Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Casalmaggiore Chamber Orchestra in Italy, and Bergen Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, where she currently serves as a concertmaster.
An avid and passionate chamber musician, Dr. Han has been a prize winner of the Lilian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition in New York, and has performed with many acclaimed ensembles including the members of Emerson String Quartet, and the New York Classical Players. She has collaborated with artists such as Lucie Robert, Soovin Kim, Vladimir Dyo, Gorjan Kosuta, and Arthur Haas, and has appeared at the Banff Centre, Tibor Varga, Mozarteum International Academy, Carl Flesch Akadimie, Fontainebleau Schools, and Casalmaggiore festivals. She has also appeared in masterclasses for world renowned artists including Aaron Rosand, Joel Smirnoff, Viktor Pikayzen, Igor Ozim and Igor Oistrakh.
A sought-after pedagogue, Dr. Han is an active and committed educator who has been invited to teach Masterclass at Dickinson College as a guest artist and also at summer festivals including Lyra Music Festival & Workshop, Seoul International Music Festival, Maeil Chamber Music Festival, and Harbor Front Chamber Music Festival. She has taught undergraduate violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University and has been on faculty at the North Shore Suzuki School, Music Academy of Long Island, and the Long Island Conservatory of Music. Chamber groups she coached won New York International Music Competition two years in a row and she also holds a private studio, which has produced many competition winners and musical leaders at State/local youth orchestras.
Dr. Ye-jin Han holds a Master of Music and Professional Study degree from Manhattan School of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers include Soovin Kim, Phillip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Lucie Robert, Chong-sook Lee, and Wharim Kim.
Ji-Hoon Chang – Clarinetist
Clarinetist JIHOON CHANG was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States in St. Louis metropolitan area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he received the Theodore Presser and A.A. Harding Awards. His master’s degree was earned from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he received a Performer’s Certificate. His DMA degree was completed at the University of Maryland in College Park in 2010, where he was a concerto competition finalist and a recipient of an honorable mention in the Homer Ulrich Competition.
Doctor Chang has recently retired from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, located in Washington, D.C., where he was frequently involved as a chamber musician, clinician, and soloist. In 2004, he performed a transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on their extensive 7-week national concert tour. And in 2008, he performed John Williams’ “The Tale of Viktor Navorski” from The Terminal, with the composer conducting in a gala 210th anniversary concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2016, he gave a world premiere performance of Eric P. Mandat’s “Parallel Histories” at the Capitol grounds and the Sylvan Theater by the Washington Monument.
His active performing schedules include The Chang Trio, Christian Art Mission, Con Brio, Washington Chamber Orchestra, and Omega Recording Studios. His international performances include England, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Switzerland with various organizations. Other performing experiences include the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, American Waterways Wind Orchestra, Gibbs Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Woodwind Quintet, Schloss-Spiele Opera Festival, Prince Georges Philharmonic Orchestra, New Columbia Swing Orchestra, Millbrook Orchestra, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Voci di Vento Woodwind Quintet, and the Marine Band Clarinet Trio, Quartet, Dixieland Jazz Combo, and Latin Jazz Ensemble.
In 2010-2015, he was the Professor of Clarinet at Howard University, and in addition to the soprano clarinet, he has also performed and taught the bass clarinet, alto and tenor saxophones, and flute. He has recently been appointed as a contributing faculty at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
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.
Born in Lerma, State of Mexico, Meza began his musical studies at an early age with his father, prestigious Mexican trombonist Ramon Meza Suarez, principal trombone of State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Meza continued his musical studies at Conservatory of San Pedro Tultepec, Lerma, State of Mexico where he studied with Rene Hernandez, principal trumpet of Baltimore Symphony; James Ready, principal trumpet of University Autonoma of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra; John Urness, principal trumpet of State of Mexico Orchestra.
Meza has participated in festivals and masterclasses where he played for world renowned trumpetists such as Uwe Koller and Matthias Höfs of Hamburg Opera Orchestra, and Giuliano Sommerhalder of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has also studied with Tom Rolfs, Principal trumpet of Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He has been a member of various orchestras in Mexico: University of Nuevo Leon State Orchestra, University of Hidalgo State Orchestra, Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, Toluca Philharmonic Orchestra, Michoacán State Symphony Orchestra, and Mexico State Youth Symphony Orchestra. Meza also has been invited as guest principal trumpet at Xalapa Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Meza holds a position in State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He continues his studies with Juan Manuel Arpero, international concertist.