JiYoung Yi, Gayageum
- Majored traditional music at Seoul National University and graduate school of Seoul National University
- Received Doctoral degree with Gayageum at Ewha Wamen's University
- Player of The National Center for Traditional Performing Arts
- In 1997 She played in Concert for masters of next generation 'Yegam' held by The National Center for Traditional Performing Arts
- In 2003 Awarded Today's Young Artists by Ministry of Culture and Tourism
- She has been played with KBS Symphony, Seoul Traditional Music Orchestra, Shanghai Orchestra, Yerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Orchestra etc.
- She is the professor of Traditional Music Department of Seoul National University
Suyoen Kim, Violin
At sixteen years of age, Suyoen Kim was already receiving accolades from important sources. In 2003, she was celebrated as a "brand new world star" by the Danish "Jyllandsposten". And her recording of Karl Amadeus Hartman's "Concerto funebre", which presents Suyoen Kim as a soloist with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie under the young conductor Pietari Inkinen, was recommended by BBC Radio 3 as the best of all available recordings of the concerto.
Korean by blood, Suyoen Kim was born in Muenster (Westfalia), Germany in 1987.
Suyoen Kim began playing the violin with her teacher, Houssam Mayas, when she was five years old. At the age of nine, she enrolled as a "Jungstudentin" (extraordinary student) at the Hochschule fuer Musik Detmold, Abteilung Muenster (Academy of Music Detmold, Department Muenster.) When she began her studies there with Professor Helge Slaatto in 1997, she was the youngest "Jungstudent" who had ever been accepted at a German conservatory. Since 2004, she has been a full student with Professor Helge Slaatto at the Musikhochschule Muenster (Music Academy Muenster).
PRIZES AND ACCOLADES
In 2006 Suyoen Kim received 1. prize at the International Violin Contest Hannover.
In 2005 she obtained the Foerderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Young Artist Award of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia). In 2003 she won the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart in Ausburg, where she was also given the audience award and the prize for the best interpretation of Contemporary Music. The Patronatsgesellschaft fuer Theater und Orchester Baden-Baden presented her with their Young Artist Award and the Brahms Society Baden-Baden with their Bhrams Prize. A year before, in 2002, she had received the DAAD Prize and the Stennebrueggen Prize of the Baden-Baden Philharmonie/Carl Flesch Akademie. In 2001 she won the federal competition "Jugend musiziert", and she was given the Special Prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for Extraordinary Achievements. The international Baden-Baden master classes awarded her the Ruth-Flesch-Gedaechtnispreis. Abroad she was successful for the first time in 1999 and 2000 when she won first prize and the gold medal in the International Berligske Tidende Youth Competition.
Suyoen Kim is a fellow of the GWK in Muenster, Westfalia as well as of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
After Suyoen Kim made an exclusive contract with Universal music for 3 years in 2009, she recorded <Mozartiana> including Mozart's 3 violin sonatas and duo for violin and viola for her debut album with Universal.
In 2005, Suyoen Kim's CD with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and Pietari Inkinen was released. She performs as a soloist in Mozart's Concerto D-Major (K 218). She is also a soloist on Karl Amadeus Hartman's "Concerto funebre" and 2. Suite for Violin Solo (OehmsClassis, Munich). In 2003 she recorded Franz Wuellner's Violin Sonata (Franz Wuellner: Kammermusik, Verlag Dohr, Cologne.)
William Youn, Piano
Pianist William Youn, called "the most poetic pianist", who infuses life into the work with perfect technique and delicate sensibility, has been recognized as one of the most promising and unique pianist of the next generation in Europe where is the home of classical music.
In 1999, he successfully played "Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2" with Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Conducted by Benjamin Zander, in Boston, and toured major cities of South America. And the live recording from this performance has been released by Boston CIP Records.
In 2001, William Youn has broaden his field to Europe and has appeared regularly as a soloist with Orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Halle, the Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Belgian National Orchestra, and the Toronto Philharmonia among others, and has performed in world's most prestigious venues including the Lincoln Center (New York City), the Disney Hall (LA), the Musikverein (Vienna), the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexiko City), the Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), and the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid).
Mr. Youn distinguished himself as a top of prize-winner at international competitions such as the Cleveland International Competition, the Concorso Alessandro Casagrande, the Shanghai Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the Busoni Competition, the Concurs Reine Elisabeth, Brussels and received a special prize for a prodigy by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.
Sony BMG Korea has released several recordings of Mr. Youn, including the Chopin Concerto and Schumann Piano Concerto in 2004 and 2006. He also recorded his first solo album the commemorative album of Chopin, Schumann and Wolf- and it received an award of the month, "Exelletia", from Luxembourg Magazine "Pizzicato".
Mr.Youn's second solo album included Schubert's late work, released in 2011 in Germany and in Korea, 2012. This recording has been chosen as recommended recording by Bavarian Radio, MDR, and Sueddeutsche Zeitung and received rave reviews as "it perfectly understands Schubert's work with remarkable sensibility". It also received 5 Diapasons from French Magazine "Diapason". For this accomplishment, he received "Young Artist Award", unusually as an Asian, from the Minister of Culture of German State of Bavaria.