South Korean violin virtuoso Dami Kim has, in recent years, firmly established herself as one of the eminent young, rising stars of the international concert stage. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory and the Kronberg Academy, where she studied with Aaron Rosand, Miriam Fried and Mihaela Martin, and current Doctoral student of Philip Setzer and Jennifer Frautschi at Stony Brook University, Dami is a former major prize winner at the Joseph Joachim, Paganini, Munetsugu Angel, Sendai, Michael Hill and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions. Her recent orchestral debuts include solo performances with the NDR Philharmonie, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, Orchestra Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Orchestra, the Wuhan Phil Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica. She currently preforms on a 1740 Domenicus Montagnana violin.
Violist Ohhyun Kwon has a rapidly blossoming career as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Kwon made her concerto solo debut at the age of 10 with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and won numerous national competitions in her native country, South Korea. In 2009, she was awarded the Korea Youth Music Competition Grand Prize. In 2013, she received the Musical City of Europe Grand Prize at the Festival Philadelphia of 2013. Soon after, she made her U.S. debut in Carnegie Hall as the American Protégé International Piano & Strings competition winner.
Ms. Kwon has appeared widely as a soloist with many orchestras such as the Rumania Philharmonic Orchestra, Yongin Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul National University Orchestra. As an orchestral player, she was a principal violist in Rutgers University Orchestra, Seoul National University Orchestra, Seoul Arts School orchestra, and Soliall Philharmonic orchestra. A serious chamber musician, Ms. Kwon has collaborated with many renowned musicians in the Heifetz Music Festival (2017), Vivace Festival (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) and Green Mountain Music Festival (2010). Her team was selected as the performer of the Gala Performance taking place in Jordan Hall in New England Conservatory. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weil recital Hall & Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. Recently, she has won the Rutgers Chamber Competition for two years in a row. She is currently a member of the Helix New Music Ensemble of Rutgers University.
Ms. Kwon studied with Mai Motobuchi and received a Master’s Degree with a scholarship at the New England Conservatory after completing her Bachelor's degree at Seoul National University where she studied with En Sik Choi. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree at Rutgers University where she studies with distinguished violinist & violist Yura Lee.
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Charlotte Im, age nine at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA. She began her violin at age 6 and studies with Mr. Glenn Dicterow. She has been the recipient of numerous awards ranging from regional to international competitions, including first place at the CAPMT State Final Concerto Competition, first place at the ASTA greater Los Angeles, first place at MTAC Scholarship Auditions, first place at Korea Times Music Competition, and first place at Lansum International Music Festival.
Soprano Julie Junghwa Park is an active concert artist and opera singer who has performed with the New York Lyric Opera in New York City, Castleton Music Festival under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel, the National Music Opera Theater ensemble in Kassel, Germany and Salon Opera festival in Seoul, SouthKorea. Ms. Park’s concert works include Gala concerts at San Leo, Rimini, Cervia, Cesena, Montegridolfo, Novafeltria in Italy, Kassel in Germany, Dusznik in Poland.
Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Music Festival Founder and Artistic Director describes Ms.Park as “Not only does she have natural predilection for the art of interpreting classical music, but she is also exceptionally skillful in expressing her interpretations and conceptualizations for a given piece of music in actual voice performances – she has the utmost creativity and technical skills that are so highly developed and precise.”
Park has received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from Rutgers University, a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music, a bachelor of music from the Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea and a Diploma from the Staatliche Musik Akademie in Kassel, Germany, and Orfeo Music Academy in Parma, Italy.
Ms. Park made her solo recital debut at Weill recital hall at Carnegie Hall in 2012 where she also performed Winners’ concerts of the Golden era of romantic music international competition, and BAIVC international competition as first prize winner.
Park is currently the Assistant professor of Voice at Eastern Illinois University. Before joining the faculty at EIU, she was previously the Assistant professor of Voice at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Faculty at New York University.