Ji In Yang, Violin
South Korean violinist Ji in Yang began her music journey at the age of six. Since then, she has appeared internationally as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at such venues as the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Zankel Hall and Weill Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Cadogan Hall. Recognized for her expressive and nuanced playing, the United Kingdom’s Musical Opinion described her solo appearance at Cadogan Hall as “brilliantly played”.
A guest soloist of orchestras internationally, Ms. Yang regularly appears with ensembles in the United States and all the major orchestras in Korea, including the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Yang tours regularly with the distinguished conductorless ensemble, Sejong Soloists, where she often appears as a soloist. Their most recent album “Passion” on the Universal Music label features her as a soloist in Piazzolla's Four Seasons and Ponce’s Estrellita arranged by Heifetz. In 2006, she was appointed the “Samsung Foundation of Culture” Chair, a distinction she held until 2008.
Ms. Yang's performances have also been heard on radio and television shows such as NPR’s From the Top, Japan’s NHK, America’s Capital Public Radio on “Insight”, and guest appearances on Korea’s KBS television shows “Art Theatre” and “Classic Odyssey". She was also a guest performing artist at the United Nations in their Earth Day celebrations.
A frequent collaborator with some of the worlds leading musicians, she has worked closely with such artists as Joseph Kalichstein, Cho-Liang Jimmy Lin, and Elmar Oliveira. Ms. Yang holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Hyo Kang and Dorothy DeLay, and graduated from Yale University with an Artist Diploma. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts on a full scholarship at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with Daniel Phillips. She has also worked with Ruggiero Ricci, Itzahk Perlman, Rodney Friend, Robert McDuffie, Dong-Suk Kang, and Igor Ozim in masterclasses.
Ms. Yang plays a Petrus Guarnerius violin, made in Venice in 1723.
Alex Kwok Wai Yu is a versatile musician who embraces a career as a clarinetist, recorder player and conductor. He has given solo performances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Theatre in Hong Kong Cultural Centre, among others. Currently based in New York City, Mr. Yu has been featured in the 92nd Street Y Concert Series, Long Island Composers’ Alliance Concerts and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Mr. Yu holds degrees in clarinet performance from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. His major teachers include Charles Neidich, Andrew Simon and Deborah Chodacki. Mr. Yu was awarded twice the Bernard van Zuiden Music Scholarship from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, and was the first-prize winner of the 2012 American Protégé International Romantic Music Competition. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Yu was appointed as an adjunct faculty in clarinet at Queens College, CUNY. He is currently a DMA candidate in clarinet performance at City University of New York - Graduate Center.
Mr. Yu serves as assistant conductor of the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has recently guest conducted the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and has also conducted performances with the St. Michel Strings in Mikkeli, Finland. He received his advanced diploma in orchestral conducting from Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studied under Maurice Peress. As a sought-after recorder player, Mr. Yu has given concerto performances with the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and has been selected to perform in the Midtown Concerts series administered by Gotham Early Music Scene with the Baroque ensembles Emericus and Concentus New York.
Alex Kwok Wai Yu, Clarinet
A native of France, Audrey Abela’s solo performances include recitals in the United States, South America, France, Spain, Finland, Israel in venues such as the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space, Steinway Hall, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Salle Pleyel, Château de Chantilly and Royal Dublin society. Passionate about chamber music, she has appeared at Concerts at One at Wall Street Trinity Church, International Beethoven Project in Chicago, Musique au Coeur de Baronnies and Festival Jeunes Talents in France amongst others. After the completion of her musical studies in France, first with Olivier Cazal, then at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt with Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Audrey Abela moved to New York to study at Manhattan School of Music from which she now holds a B.M and M.M. There, she has worked with Nina Svetlanova, and Marc Silverman. She is currently a doctoral student at CUNY Graduate Center where she was offered a five-year tuition fellowship and where she studied with Ursula Oppens and Thomas Sauer. In addition, she had the privilege to work with and be influenced by artists such as Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Robert McDonald, John O’Connor, Andre Laplante and David Dubal, amongst others. She was a prizewinner in the 2013 Metropolitan international Piano Competition - New York. She also took part in many piano festivals including Piano Texas, Pianofest in the Hamptons, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Banff Piano Masterclasses, and Gijon International Piano Festival. Over the years, she has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Artur Balsam Endowed Scholarship. Passionate about teaching and transmitting her love of music to the youth, she runs a private studio in New York