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.

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.

So Sugiyama

So Sugiyama Cello

Doctor of Musical Arts: Stony Brook University (2019)
Master of Music: Manhattan School of Music/Stony Brook University (2015)
Bachelor of Arts: Columbia University (2012)

A seasoned performer, Dr. So 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, Dr. So has been invited to attend many 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 twice at the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Kaplan Fellow and as a member of the fellowship quartet.

Recently, Dr. So completed his doctoral studies in cello performance at Stony Brook University as a full scholarship recipient under the guidance of Paul Watkins, cellist of the Emerson Quartet. During his time at Stony Brook, Dr. So served as the teaching assistant to: the Emerson Quartet, the Graduate Chamber Music Program, and David Finckel, Artist-in-Residence, cellist, and Co-Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. During his teaching tenure, Dr. So taught undergraduate chamber music and played a crucial role in the development of several graduate chamber music intensives/seminars, one of which included the newly formed Emerson String Quartet Institute, a highly selective two-year program devoted to exploring the vast string quartet repertoire and to learning the art of quartet playing.

Dr. So began his musical studies at the age of three and enrolled at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA 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. Former teachers and mentors include: Paul Watkins, David Finckel, Colin Carr, Richard Aaron, and Brinton Smith.

In the fall of 2019, Dr. So will serve as a teaching artist through the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he will be teaching college students and grade-school children.

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.

Lucia Kobza

Lucia Kobza Violin

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.

Eric Adamshick

Eric Adamshick Cello

Cellist Eric Adamshick earned bachelor’s degrees in both Violoncello Performance and Musical Composition/Theory at Boston University (2014), and recently earned two master’s degrees (M.M. 2017, M.M.A. 2018) in Violoncello Performance at Yale University under the instruction of renowned cellist Aldo parisot. He is currently a Doctoral candidate.

A chamber music specialist, Eric works with an expansive range of ensembles and repertoire with a specialization in new music and string quartets. Eric is a member of the Whitman String Quartet, which is currently participating in the Emerson String Quartet Intensive Seminar at Stony Brook University. In the summer of 2017, Eric attended the Norfolk New Music Workshop, working extensively with young composers under the direction of Martin Bresnick and Lisa Moore. This led to an international performance of works by Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Charles Ives, and others with the Norfolk New Music Ensemble at the Ciclo de Música Contemporánea in Oviedo, Spain.

He has worked with members of the Emerson Quartet, the Muir Quartet, the Brentano Quartet, David Shifrin, Ani Kavafian, Boris Berman, and Michael Friedmann, as well as composers Joan Tower, Martin Bresnick, and Olga Neuwirth.

Amy Lee

Amy Lee Cello

Cellist Amy Lee is a Native of South Korea. She received her Master of Music degree in cello performance from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Hanyang University, Seoul.

As a performer, Ms. Lee has been serving as a principal cellist in Union city Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2017. She was awarded first price in Baroque Seoul Ensemble competition in 2004 and Seoul Cello Ensemble Competition in 2008.
She has been a cello faculty in Herald Music School and Joyous Music School since 2017.

Ayca Akdogan

Ayca Akdogan Violin

Ayça Akdoğan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She started her violin studies in 2005 with Prof. Zeynur Erengonul. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory where she graduated with honors in 2016.She appeared as a soloist with MSGSU Symphony Orchestra in Istanbul in 2016. She also studied Violin Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany with Donata Sailer as an Erasmus student for one year where she had the chance of working with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Nicolas Pasquet and Lorenzo Viotti. She played in BMSM Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv, Israel where she had the chance to play with Zubin Mehta, Anne Sophie Mutter and Guy Braunstein. After getting a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance in 2019 with Prof. Hagai Shaham in Tel Aviv University, Israel, she is pursuing another Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Stony Brook University in New York, currently under the guidance of Hagai Shaham and Philip Setzer. She participated in solo masterclasses with Pierre Amoyal, Andrej Bielow, Lukas David, Herbert Kefer, Hariolf Schlichtig and Yuzuko Horigome. She also participated in orchestral masterclasses with conductors such as Ivan Fischer, Manfred Honeck and Vasily Petrenko. She is a member of New Manhattan Sinfonietta based in New York since January.

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