Sungwoo Steven Kim, Flute
Korean American flutist Sungwoo Steven Kim has performed across the globe, from the United States to Europe and his native, Korea. Recently returned from Berlin, Germany where he served as a Konzertexamen fellow at 'Hanns Eisler' Hochschule für Musik. During his residency, he was named Acting Principal Flutist with Nürnberg Staatoper; also a finalist for Principal Flute with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland. As an equally established soloist, he was awarded top prizes in national and international competitions; First Prize Winner at New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2006, Bohuslav Martinů Prize at the 61st Prague Spring Int’l Competition, Third Prize Winner at the 38th National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, William H. Grass Memorial Prize Winner of James 27th Pappoustsakis Flute Competition among many others.
Mr. Kim, as a profound advocate for arts, performed the Mozart Flute Quartets with musicians from the Marlboro Festival at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as a part of a multi-week collaboration-project between Paula Robison and the conceptual artist Sol LeWitt in part of Mozart’s inspiration on Art. Since his solo appearance debut at Carnegie Hall with the Interschool Orchestra of New York, Kim has given solo performances with numerous ensembles including Boston Bach Ensemble, Juilliard PCS, Livingston Symphony Orchestra, William Paterson University Symphony and Haffner Sinfonietta.
In pursuit of embracing the next generation, Mr. Kim is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division Camp, JCC on the Palisades, and New York Music School.
Mr. Kim earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Music from New England Conservatory of Music studying with Paula Robison as a recipient of the prestigious Havelok Foundation Scholarships in 2009 and 2011 respectively. In addition to his musical career, Kim earned Associate Degree of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology —MIT—
Michelle HeeKyung, Piano
Pianist Heekyung Michelle Lee, born in USA, is internationally recognized for her passionate and sensitive playing. As a solo recitalist and duo chamber musician, she has concertized in Weil recital hall of Carnegie hall, Steinway Hall, Harvard club in New York, Broadhurst theater, Bulgarian Embassy of New york, Trinity church in Wall street, Vivaldi Saal in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal to name a few.
Heekyung Michelle Lee won the first prize in the 2015 Artur Balsam Competition for Duos in New York and she has participated as collaborative fellow and staff accompanist at Music academy of the west, Banff center of music and Foulger international string festival.
She is currently a doctoral assistant and doctoral student in Accompanying at Manhattan school of music under tutelage of Dr. Rhee. She's also working as a staff pianist at Rutgers school of music and Manhattan school of music and previously earned degrees from Manhattan school of music, New England Conservatory and Mcgill University.