Chung Yoo, Clarinet
Clarinetist Chung Yoo has appeared extensively as a soloist throughout US and South Korea. Winner of Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition and Artur Balsam Competition for Duos, Mr. Yoo also was won the major competitions in South Korea; Joongang Music Competition, Music Association Competition, Seoul National University Winds Competition, and Korean ClarinetAssociation Competition.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Yoo has participated Bowdoin International Festival in 2015 and Sarasota Music Festival in 2014 with a fellowship. Since elementary school years, Mr. Yoo continues to actively appear as an orchestra player. He was a former principal clarinetist of Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Ditto Orchestra in South Korea.
As a composer, Mr. Yoo has supervised the compilation of “Clarinet best collection” and “Lovely clarinet melody,” which it was published by Samho Music Co. and recorded as movie soundtracks. Composition is a special interest in his music career, which Mr. Yoo often appears in concerts with three of his compositions.
Under Charles Neidich’s guidance, Mr. Yoo is currently a candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music, where he also received Professional Studies and Master’s degree. He received Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University and attended Seoul Arts High School and Yewon School. In Korea, his major teahers were Dong-Jin Kim and Chang-Soo Lee.
Rosa Jang, Flute
Rosa Jang, a native of South Korea, began playing the flute at the age of seven and made her debut recital at the age of fifteen at Gumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea. During Rosa’s first year of attending Seoul Arts High School, she made her first solo debut with the Seoul Arts High school orchestra. In 2003, her passion for music has taken her across the world and continued her education in the United States. She has made her solo debut in the states with the Yale Baroque Ensemble. As a concerto competition winner, Rosa will be performing J. Ibert Flute Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra on February 18th, 2017.
Playing in various types of chamber groups have always been one of Rosa’s greatest pleasure. She has been particularly fascinated and excited by the act of different people, from different backgrounds, coming together to become one entity. Beyond traditional chamber music performance, Rosa has been playing with various chamber ensembles such as Le Train Bleu concert series, Brooklyn Chamber Society Summer Concert series, Juilliard Concert series (Flutes, Harps, and Guitars), Flute Ensemble “Adina” 5th annual concert, and North Shore Pro Musica Chamber Concert series.
Rosa has won numerous competitions, having been awarded first prize in Redland Bowl Competition, Seoul National University Wind Competition, Ewha-Kyunghyang Music Concour, Music Chunchu Competition, and Yale school of Music chamber competition. Rosa has participated in the Emmy Award recording for the PBS ‘American Masters’ documentary, John Muir in the New World.
As a devoted teacher, Rosa taught in several public schools such as John. C. Daniels School of International Communication, Cooperative Arts and Humanities high school, and Mauro Sheridan Magnet School. Rosa had also taught in Morse Summer Academy (Yale School of Music) as a flute faculty for 4 years. She is currently an undergraduate flute lesson instructor in Stony Brook University.
Rosa completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she won the chamber music competition. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. Her major teachers include Rocksun Moon, Sara Andon, Fenwick Smith, Ransom Wilson, and Carol Wincenc.
Mira Magrill, Flute
Flutist Mira Magrill has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout the U.S., Denmark, Chile, Costa Rica, Italy, and China. Winner of the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition and the Music Teachers’ National Association Senior Woodwind Competition, she won 2nd Prize in the National Flute Association’s 2015 Young Artist Competition and was honored with the award of the Best Performance of Newly Commissioned Work for her performance of Jim & John by Michael Fiday. An avid performer of new music, Mira has premiered many new works by her father Sam Magrill, including Odyssey Etude, Bagatelle, and Tango Flauto. She premiered the new opera Iago by Carlo Pedini in Citta della Pieve, Italy as principal flutist of the International Opera Theater Orchestra and has performed in a variety of new music ensembles, including the LA based wild Up, The Industry, and the Morton Feldman Chamber Players.
As Principal Flute of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, Mira was the featured soloist in the premiere of John Williams’ “War Horse” orchestral suite, conducted by Mr. Williams. She has been invited to perform as a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, the Thy Chamber Festival (Denmark), the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Missouri Symphony.
Mira holds the position of 2nd flute/piccolo with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and runs an active teaching studio in the greater New York City area. She is currently on the faculty of the Stony Brook Pre-College Program and coaches chamber music for the Stony Brook Community Music Program. Mira recently completed her Doctorate in Flute Performance at Stony Brook University, studying with renowned soloist Carol Wincenc. Previous studies include a BFA in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, an MM in Flute Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan, and a graduate certificate at University of Southern California. Her previous teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Amy Porter, and Jim Walker.
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Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez, Viola
Twenty-nine year old Spanish violist Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez is widely recognized for his performances, which combine the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. He has been praised by the New York Times, Digest, as "... Jesus Rodolfo is a start whose light transcends the stage...” his authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire as well as for the depth of his musical insight made his stand among the top young musicians in the world.
After joining the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) in 2008, Rodolfo became its Principal Violist and Soloist in 2010. With the GMJO he has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Spain, in halls such as the Musikverein of Vienna, AlteOper of Frankfurt, Alte Oper of Luxemburg, Teatro Verdi of Pisa, Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, Teatro San Carlo of Naples, and Megaron of Athens, among others. Some notable conductors who he has performed under are Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher.
Rodolfo has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions and awards, including; Stony Brook University - Manhattan School of Music - Mannes College of Music - Juilliard and Yale University "Merit Scholaships", 2015 Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, 2013 Mannes College of Music Concerto Competition, the 2010 “Angel Muñiz Toca” prize and the Mannes College of Music of New York Presidents Award Scholarship, and special prize at 2009 Lionel Tertis Competition. In 2009 he received the “Cajastur Young Artist” Scholarship and in 2008, he won the “CajaMadrid Chamber Music” and “Young Artist Intercentros” National competitions. He was also the winner of the “Young Soloist Competition” in León in 2007.
Rodolfo made his debut as a Solo Violist at the age of 13 in the Auditorio Principe Felipe of Oviedo, Spain. Since then he has had numerous critically acclaimed performances with orchestras such as the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Mannes Orchestra, Bratislawa Chamber Orchestra, León Symphony Orchestra “Odón Alonso”, Youth Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Gijón Simphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, David Afkham, David Hayes, Marzio Conti, Dorel Murgu, Jean Stanienda, Shink Han, Óliver Díez, among others and has appeared in major concert halls throughout Europe, China and the US.
Jesús began his studies at the age of 7 with Violist Wieslaw Rekucki Krupa, followed by study at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica “Eduardo Martinez Torner de Oviedo,” where upon graduation he was awarded the prestigious Honorary Diploma. Since then he studied Certificate in Performance, Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Professional Studies Certificate at Yale University, Juilliard, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music and currently pursuing his Doctoral Music Arts Degree at Stony Brook University. His main mentors are: Jesse Levine, Paul Neubauer, Nicholas Cords and Lawrence Dutton.
Jesus has a very special interest and love for chamber music participating in festivals such as the Mozart Festival in A Coruña, Music Festival of Cádiz, Spanish Viola Congress, Bowdoin International Music Festival as Bowdoin Virtuosi 2011/12, becoming Artist/Faculty in 2013/14, Music@Menlo Festival in San Francisco 2011-International Program, 2013 Castleton Music Festival, Malaga#Clasica in 2013/14 and Chelsea Music Festival 2016.
Jesus has just recently created his on YouTube Channel: Jesus Rodolfo “Thoughts on Viola Playing”.
Yeon Hwa Chung, Harp
Born in Seoul, harpist Yeon Hwa Chung started playing the harp at the age of 8. Since her early days, Ms. Chung has shown her great musicianship by achieving 1st prize in numerous national and international competitions, including the 1st Korean National Harp Competition and 19th Nippon International Harp Competition. In the year of 2008, she was invited to play a recital at the 10th World Harp Congress held in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw. In 2009, she won the concerto competition in Seoul National University and performed Mozart’s flute and harp concerto with SNU
Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently won the prestigious Mannes Concerto Competition at the New School. Ms. Chung will be featured a soloist for the 2016-17 season and will perform Ginastera Concerto for Harp in New York City.
Along with her solo career, Ms. Chung has shown her musicianship as an orchestral harpist as well. She participated in Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Mahler no.2 by the Deutsche Grammophon. She has travelled four different countries as a guest harpist for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra's 2011 European Tour. In the same year, she performed the U.S premier of the opera “Kommilitonen!” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis presented by Juilliard Opera. In 2015, she was nominated as one of the finalists for the principal harpist for Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Her orchestral experiences include concerts with Charles Detoit, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Itzhak Perlman, Myung Whun Chung, Marin Alsop and so on. She made her appearance in performances at the Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, Bremen Music Festival, and Juilliard’s Focus Festival.
Yeon Hwa Chung is a graduate of Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University where she graduated with Cum Laude. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music where she made the Dean’s List. Ms. Chung is expected to graduate with Professional Studies Certificate from the Mannes School of Music at the New School in May 2017. Ms. Chung has worked with Rana Park, Mary Jane Rupert, Minjung Cho, Hyunsun Na, Nancy Allen, Deborah Hoffman, Mariko Anraku and Susan Jolles.
Hyojin Rhim, Piano
Hyojin Rhim has actively participated in public performances, many summer festivals and won the competitions as a soloist, chamber musician throughout the United States, Korea, Vienna, and Germany. Recent performance includes winner's concert at Carnegie Hall and Boston University's festival honoring the anniversaries of Debussy, Haydn, Messiaen, and Liszt. Also She has an extensive collaborative performance experience as an accompanist at Boston University.
She earned her DMA in Piano Performance at Boston University studying with Gila Goldstein. She received her MM in Piano Performance with recipient of Joni/Weinstock scholarship at the New England Conservatory and BM in Piano Performance with 'summa cum laude' honors at the Ewha Women University. Her other teachers include Maria-Clodes Jaguaribe, Veronica Jochum, and Mi Kyoung Kim.
She taught at Boston University and piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She is a piano faculty at Longisland Conservatory since 2015. She is affiliated with musical organizations and regularly participated in concerts.
Michelle Heekyung Lee, 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.