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Clara Kim, cellist, music educator. A native of South Korea, Ms. Kim was awarded full scholarship in Jeonju University in 2008. In the same year, she became a prize winner in the Korean National Music Institution Competition. She has been invited to play in master classes with cellists such as Heisong Song. For many years, Ms. Kim was a member of Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra and 12 Cellist Philharmonic Ensemble under the baton of conductor Gum Nanse. Currently, Ms. Kim is pursuing her master of degree in cello performance in NYU. As a teacher, Ms. Kim inspires her students to love music and develops their passion of the instrument.
Canadian Violinist Joenne Dumitrascu is currently a doctoral candidate in Stony Brook University in New York where she also serves as a faculty member in the college division. Born in 1988, Ms. Joenne received her Bachelor degree from the Royal Music Conservatory “Glenn Gould” in Toronto and her master degree in Boston Conservatory of Music. She has been a prize winner in International Chamber Music Competition Glenn Gould at Royal Conservatory and Regional Competition Ontario Music Festivals Associations. As a performer, Ms. Joenne has appeared as soloist with Boston Civic Symphony, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra and New York International Chamber Orchestra.
Cellist So Sugiyama has performed and taught extensively throughout the world for the past two decades. Recent engagements have included teaching and performance residencies at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, the Manhattan School of Music, Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative, Gettysburg College, and the Utah Music Festival and School.
A seasoned performer, Mr. Sugiyama regularly shares the stage alongside artists such as Nancy Allen, Larry Dutton, Jennifer Frautschi, Tao Lin, Kurt Muroki, Phil Setzer, Rita Sloan, Arnaud Sussmann, Ian Swensen, Naoko Tanaka, Paul Watkins, Carol Wincenc, and Philip and David Ying.
Over the years, Mr. Sugiyama has been invited to attend several summer festivals as a fellowship recipient, including: the Banff Centre as a Finch Fellow, the Aspen Music Festival as an Orchestral Mentor Fellow and Principal Cellist of the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in England, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Kaplan Fellow.
Currently, Mr. Sugiyama is completing his doctoral studies in cello performance (D.M.A.) at Stony Brook University as a full scholarship recipient under the guidance of Colin Carr, Paul Watkins, and David Finckel. From 2015-2018, Mr. Sugiyama served as the teaching assistant to the Emerson Quartet, the Graduate Chamber Music Program, and David Finckel. During his tenure, Mr. Sugiyama taught undergraduate chamber music and played a crucial role in the newly formed Emerson String Quartet Institute.
Mr. Sugiyama began his musical studies at the age of three and enrolled at the Colburn School shortly thereafter. In 2012, he graduated from Columbia University as a John Jay National Scholar with a B.A. in philosophy, while concurrently studying cello with George Neikrug in Boston.
Upcoming highlights for the 2018-2019 season include a debut CD release with his contemporary music group, the Unheard of// Ensemble, teaching residencies at Georgia State University and Columbus State University, and commissioning a new piece by Ken Thomson as a recipient of a 2018 Johnstone Grant.
Turkish violinist Yankı Karataş began playing violin at the age of six and made her solo debut with the Mersin University Academic Chamber Orchestra at the age of eleven. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras such as; Kopuz Chamber Orchestra, Mimar Sinan Symphony Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.
An enthusiastic recitalist and chamber musician, Yankı Karataş has performed in Europe and in the USA. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Paul Watkins, Lawrence Dutton, Colin Carr and Arnaud Sussmann. She is the winner of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition with her trio “ViaTrio” and the winner of the Stony Brook Concerto Competition.
As an orchestral musician, Ms.Karataş was actively engaged with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Saygun and the German-Turkish Youth Orchestra, where she took part at the Young Euro Classic Festival in 2009. Her performances have taken her to many venues and fesitvals such as Culturescapes Festival (Switzerland), D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival (Turkey), “Mozarteum Summer Academy”, “ISA Music Festival” (Austria), Opus Erasmus “Pratiquer la Musique Aujourd’hui” (France), and Heifetz International Music Institute.
She had coachings and masterclasses with numerous well known musicians such as; Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, David Cerone, Mark Kaplan, Daniel Phillips (Orion String Quartet), Emerson String Quartet, Yeesun Kim (Borromeo String Quartet), Vadim Gluzman and Soovin Kim.
Ms. Karataş received her Bachelor of Music at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Conservatory where she studied with Prof. Pelin Halkaci Akin and graduated with high honors. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate as a student of Hagai Shaham at the Stony Brook University, where she holds a Master of Music degree.
Violinist, educator Maya Lorenzen is a native of Israel. She received her B.M in violin performance from Tel Aviv University and M.M from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in Germany. She is currently a doctoral candidate in New York.
Ms. Lorenzen preformed as a soloist with the Israeli Symphonic orchestra,The NK chamber orchestra, Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra and Israeli conservatory orchestra. She has been a prize -winner and recipient of competition and awards such as the AICF; the Buchman-Mehta school of music chamber music competition; the Ronen foundation; the chase foundation and the America-Israel cultural foundation.
Swiss violinist Lucia Kobza started playing the violin at the age of 4 and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bern Hochschule der Künste summa cum laude. Following her mentor Prof. Ida Bieler to the United States, she studied under her tutelage at the Univerity of North Carolina (UNCSA) and was honored with the Graduate Performance Award in two consecutive years, for both for her master’s degree and professional artist certificate. Lucia Kobza is currently pursueing her DMA at Stony Brook University in New York, where she is working on her double degree in violin an viola with Emerson String Quartet’s violinist Philip Setzer and violist Lawrence Dutton, as well as Silk Road member Nicholas Chords.
As member of UNCSA’s Giannini String Quartet and participant of UNCSA’s Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, Kobza gained invaluable chamber music experience and education from the institutes first class mentors. The quartet enjoyed exciting performance opportunities such as playing in master classes at the Lincoln Center in New York and performing with Silk Road Ensemble’s Pipa virtuoso Wu Han. At Stony Brook University Lucia joined the Steinem String Quartet, and was honored to be chosen to participate in Philip Setzer’s String Quartet Intensive, as well as the Emerson Sting Quartet Institute. The quartet has had several thrilling performance opportunities, such as premiering Emerson violinist Eugene Drucker’s “Levertov Settings” for string quartet and voice at Carnigie Hall.
Lucia Kobza is not only an avid chamber musician, she is also a dedicated teacher. She served as Prof. Bieler’s teaching assistant at UNCSA and is also working as teaching assistant at Stony Brook University.
Simultaneously to her studies at UNCSA Lucia Kobza performed as Co-principal in the Greensboro Symphony, as Assistant Concertmaster of the Western-Piedmont Symphony and was a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony. Lucia Kobza was honored with the 1st Prize of the MANC Competition, 1st Prize of the NC ASTA Competition 2014 and 2015, 1st price at the UNCSA Concerto Competition 2014, and 1st prize of the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, 2015, which led her to perform as soloist with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Mountains.
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