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

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.

Isabella Lee

Isabella Lee Violin

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Isabelle has spent her first ten years of musical life in Russia. During her studies at the Special Music School of St. Petersburg Conservatory, she has embarked onto active performing career, featuring soloist with various orchestras including the Tele-Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Conservatory Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Estonia and Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra.
Ms. Lee completed studies in United States with Full Scholarship grants in three prestigious institutions – Bachelor’s from Lynn University, Master’s from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, and recent completion of her second Master’s degree in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. Ms. Lee was a visiting fellow at Yale University from 2014-2015, as a member of postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble. Her principal teachers include Elmar Oliveira, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Elena Zaitseva and baroque violin teachers –Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Ms. Lee has won several prizes from contests, including the First Prize at the “International Competition of Young Musicians Tallinn” in Estonia, the Second Prize at Austria’s “Schloss Zell an der Pram” International Violin Competition, the Second Prize at the Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition and the Second Prize at the Artist Series of Sarasota String Competition.
During summers, she has participated at various music festivals, including the Banff Chamber Music Residency in Canada, Shleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Atlantic Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival and Chamber Music at the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, California.
As a soloist and chamber musician, her performances has been live broadcasted at WQXR in NYC, MediciTV, Estonian Cultural TV, WPBI in Florida, and Radio New Zealand.
Major venues of her solo and chamber performance appearances include Lincoln Center’s Allice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philarmonic in Russia, Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia, Michael Flowler Center in New Zealand, among others.
While studying at the Juilliard’s historical performance program, she has joined national and international tours to cities of France, England, Holland, India, Canada and New Zealand as a member of Juilliard 415 Ensemble, school’s highly acclaimed period chamber ensemble.
Today, Isabelle enjoys her performing career as both violinist and baroque violinist. Recent concerts as a baroque violinist, includes a tour to New Zealand as a soloist with Juilliard415 Ensemble under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki.


Yaegy Park

Yaegy Park Violin

Violinist Yaegy Park was born in Houston, Texas, and has been recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists at age 4, the foundation’s youngest member. Under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Yaegy was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist, performing on NPR radio show, “From the Top” and won the Louis Spohr International Competition, the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition, and the American International Competition.

While attending the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, Yaegy won top prizes in competitions such as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and most recently, the Stulberg International Competition. She has also been featured as a soloist with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Temple Symphonies and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In 2015, Yaegy was a YoungArts finalist and had her Carnegie Hall debut with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture. In September, 2017, she gave a solo recital on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Preston Bradley Hall.

Yaegy is also an avid chamber musician, and has attended festivals such as Yellow Barn, Ottawa Young Artists Program, Music @ Menlo, Sejong International Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has participated in community outreach projects in collaboration with Daniel’s Music Foundation and the Juilliard School.

Maya Lorenzen

Maya Lorenzen Violin

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.


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.

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