Founder/ Artistic Director of FNCMS, Violinist Vicky HyunJin Lee is a top prizewinner at the Osaka International Competition, MTNA National Solo Competition, ASTA National Solo Competition, and the Guri Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is a recipient of the Starling Violin Scholarship, and the R. Joseph Scott Award.
Also an active chamber musician, Dr. Lee has collaborated with members of the Emerson Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet and the Borromeo Quartet and has worked closely with prominent artists including Kyung-Wha Chung, Chee-Yun Kim, Peter Oundjian, and Joseph Silverstein.
She has appeared internationally in musical centers including New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Seoul. Dr. Lee made her solo debut at age 12 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, performing Lalo’s ‘Symphonie Espagnole.’ Dr. Lee has performed live at the South Dakota's Public Broadcasting, "Classical24," Seattle Classical KING FM 98.1 for their "Sunday at 7:00” Recital Series and “Martha Zeeman’s Classic Kid FM Show." The Seattle Times has described her playing as full of “authority and verve; she is an exciting young player.”
Last Summer, Dr. Lee has appeared as an Artist Faculty at the Rushmore Music Festival. She has served as a jury member for the New York International Music Concours and as a mentor and adjudicator for New England Conservatory's Preparatory School. Dr. Lee is currently on faculty at New York Conservatory and the Pace Institute of Music in New York.
She received both Bachelor's and Master’s of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory and a Doctorate of Music Arts from Stony Brook University. Her teachers included Philip Setzer, Paul Biss, Ian Swensen, James Buswell, and Nam-Yun Kim. An avid traveller, she hopes to eventually visit all 50 states, as well as every country in Europe.
Vicky HyunJin Lee, Violin
Brian Olson is a first year Fellow with Ensemble Connect from Carnegie Hall. He recently completed his MM degree in Trumpet Performance at The Juilliard School as a student of Raymond Mase. While attending the New England Conservatory for his BM in Trumpet Performance, Brian studied with Steven Emery. Other teachers include Kevin Cobb and Peter Bond. Festivals include The Aspen Music Festival (ACA Fellow and New Horizons Fellow), The Hot Springs Music Festival and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Currently, Brian plays principal trumpet with the Mozart Orchestra of New York and New York Chamber Soloists. He has also performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolis Ensemble. As a performer and teacher, Brian is actively involved with performances and community outreach in New York City.
Brian Olson, Trumpet
Admitted at the Juilliard School in 2011, native Parisian Maximilian Morel has since been performing regularly in various venues on the New York City scene. Some of his note-worthy performances include trumpet recitals at the Armory, the French Embassy, and the Coffeehouse in Time square. In addition to his solo performances, he appeared in many orchestra performances with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra as first trumpet in Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and David Geffen Hall
Maximilian Morel, Trumpet
A native of San Antonio, Texas, John Elizondo earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the New England Conservatory and his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. Mr. Elizondo is a recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship. He has performed in concert halls around the world such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and The Wiener Musikverein.
While at Juilliard, John studied with Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Elizondo is an avid performer of chamber music and has performed with the American Brass Quintet. In 2015 John premiered American Composer, Eric Ewazen's Brass Nonet dedicated to Raymond Mase; founding member of the American Brass Quintet and Principal Trumpet of the New York City Ballet. Mr. Elizondo is also a champion of New Music and was a member of The New Juilliard Ensemble Led by Joel Sachs.
Mr. Elizondo is a finalist for the New World Symphony and is an active substitute with the Orchestra. He is an alumnus of both the Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West where he was a finalist of the annual brass concerto competition judged by Nicholas McGegan.
John's most influential teachers include Ralph Sauer, Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mark Lawrence, Principal Trombone of the San Francisco. Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony. Per Brevig, Principal Trombone of the Metropolitan Orchestra and Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of The New York Philharmonic.
John Elizondo, Trombone
Avery Roth-Hawthorne, 20, born in Oakland, California, was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School, where he studies with Julie Landsman, former Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Roth-Hawthorne also studied with Professor Landsman as a Fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA in summers of 2015 and 2016. At the Music Academy of the West, Mr. Roth-Hawthorne was also a Finalist in the Concerto Competition as well as the New York Philharmonic Global Academy audition.
Prior to attending Juilliard, Mr. Roth-Hawthorne was a 2014 YoungArts National Finalist in Music, a solo performer on NPR’s From the Top, and a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
Studying horn since the age of 11, Mr. Roth-Hawthorne attended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts High School in San Francisco, studied privately with Kevin Rivard, Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, performed as a member of the prestigious San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and received generous scholarships to attend summer music programs, including the Kinhaven Music School, where he studied with Carolyn Wahl. Mr. Roth-Hawthorne has also studied privately with Michelle Baker, Henry Viets, and Susan Vollmer, and has participated in masterclasses with master teachers including Jennifer Montone, Michelle Baker, and Eric Reed.
Avery Roth-Hawthorne, French Horn
Colin Benton is a student of Alan Baer at the Juilliard School. In addition to freelancing regularly in the city, he has performed in various orchestras and ensembles, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, and has been a winner of the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival solo competition.
Colin Benton, Tuba
Concert organist and accompanist Heeseon Choi was born in Seoul, where she began to play piano at 4 years old, but soon after she started to play the pipe-organ when she turned out her age of 14. While she was learning in pipe-organ, she had won for her excellence in organ performance from the high school organ competition at Daijeon. When she got accepted to Korea National University of Arts, she was ranked at the top among other students majoring in organ. During her undergraduate study, she studied in figure-Bass and graduated with BA in 2012. After she graduated, she initially has played solo organ recitals at Seoul.
Since 2014, she started to study with Prof. McNeil Robinson at Manhattan School of Music. During her MM study with Prof. McNeil, She learned improvisation and compositions from him. After he passed away, she had an opportunity to study organ and Harpsichord with Prof. Kent Tritle, Andrew Henderson and Jocelyn Stewart. Under their guidance, she has various performance experiences in NYC such as collaboration with singers and many other performers, including two solo recitals at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Recently, she has performed harpsichord and piano along with collaboration of ensembles or choirs. She has conducted many arrangements for music of organ, piano and chorus. Currently, she is a fellow of the American Guild of Organist member and New York Presbyterian Church accompanist since 2016.