Faculty: String & Others


String & Others Faculty Members
Clara Kim

Clara Kim Cello

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.

Jessica Zhu

Jessica Zhu Violin

Jessica Zhu was born into a musical family in Hangzhou, China. She began her violin lessons at the age of 5 with her father, a violinist with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 9, she came to the U.S with her family and continued her violin studies with world-renowned violinist Wei-Gang Li, principal violinist of the Shanghai Quartet and Hong-Guang Jia, the assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After graduating high school, Ms. Zhu continued her love for the violin by attending top ranked music conservatories. Among the conservatories she attended were the music school at Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Purchase Conservatory as well as the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Laurie Smukler and earned her Bachelor of Music in violin performance in 2007. Shortly after graduating college, Ms. Zhu discovered her love for teaching and thereafter earned her Master’s degree in music education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. After earning her Master’s degree, Ms. Zhu has held position as an Orchestra Director at public schools in Long Island, New York. As an orchestra director, Ms. Zhu has coached chamber ensembles, NYSSMA Solo Festivals, All-County Festivals, as well as Music in the Parks Festivals in New Jersey where her symphonic orchestra has won 1st prize for consecutive years since she began teaching there.


Joenne Dumitrascu

Joenne Dumitrascu Violin

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.

Vivian Chang

Vivian Chang Cello

Based in New York City, cellist Vivian Chang has established herself as a versatile performer and enthusiast of diverse musical genres. A newly appointed member of the New Haven Symphony, she is also a member of the Uptown Philharmonic and Nassau Chamber Music Society and has recently performed in collaboration with RIOULT Dance NY, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, TACTUS, and ShoutHouse Ensemble. She has been awarded full scholarships to study and perform at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, Atlantic Music Festival, and Colorado College Music Festival. Vivian is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Philippe Muller, where she also received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Her previous teachers are Julia Lichten, Fred Sherry, and Hyun-Jin Kim.

So Sugiyama

So Sugiyama Cello

Cellist So Sugiyama began his musical studies at the age of three and enrolled at the Colburn School shortly thereafter. In 2012, So graduated from Columbia University as a John Jay National Scholar with a B.A. in philosophy, while concurrently studying cello with George Neikrug. So has attended the Banff Centre as a Finch Fellow, the Aspen Music Festival as an Orchestral Mentor Fellow, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in England as an Orchestral Fellow.

Mr. So completed his Master’s of Music at Stony Brook University as a student of Colin Carr, and is currently continuing there as a doctoral candidate on full scholarship. He studies chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet and has served as their teaching assistant for the past two years. Mr. So has also studied with David Finckel for the past three years, and has worked with Richard Aaron, Darrett Adkins, and Brinton Smith in the past.

Mr. So plays on a contemporary cello made by Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert and a German bow by H.R. Pfretzschner, both generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.

Yankı Karataş

Yankı Karataş Violin

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.


Anna Violin

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987, Ms. Anna started her studies at the age of 4 at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. Her first solo performance was at the age of 8. At the age of 14, she took first prize in the Glazunov International Violin Competition in Paris. She is the Grand-Prix winner of the International Violin Competition held in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan). In 2009 Anna performed with the Gunma Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Tokyo, and in concert series with the Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg (Germany), conducted by Claus-Peter Modest, held in Bukhara (Uzbekistan). In 2013 she performed a debut recital in New York City at the Lyric Chamber Music Society. Anna has served as Concertmaster of the Lynn University Philharmonia in Boca Raton, FL. Participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Guillermo Figueroa, Wu Han, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Elmar Oliveira, Philip Setzer, Ilya Kaler, Philip Fowke, Mikhail Gotzdinner; as a member of orchestra performed under the baton of John Nelson, Albert-George Schram, Jon Robertson, Guillermo Figueroa, Greg Ritchey; worked and performed with such distinguished artists, as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Anna graduated from the Uspensky School in 2007 and entered the State Conservatoire of Uzbekistan. Currently, Anna is studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet for her Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University, NY.


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