FACULTY

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Iman Khosrowpour

Violin, Viola

Artistic Director, Conductor

Violinist, conductor, educator and scholar, Iman Khosrowpour enjoys a unique and richly diversified career. Iman made his concerto debut with the Pacific Symphony

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Sorah Myung

Violin, Viola

Violist and violinist Sorah Myung currently has a position as a concertmaster at La Mirada Symphony in La Mirada, CA and a first violinist at Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. 

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Ayako Sugaya

Violin

Ayako Sugaya has been in the first violin section of Pacific Symphony since 1997. She came directly to the orchestra after completing her

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Hui-Ling Hsu

Viola

Hui-Ling Hsu, violist, began her music study in Taipei when she was five years old. Ms.
Hsu began her music study in Taipei when she was five years old. She was the winner of the

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Da Yoon Kang

Cello

Da Yoon Kang started cello at the age of ten under the instruction of Sangwon Cho, head of the Vienna Music Institute, in Irvine. In 2008

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Alexander Zhiroff

Cello

Alexander I. Zhiroff, cellist, was born in Russia. He began piano studies at age six and cello at seven years old. Alexander made his debut at age 12

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Matt Hare

Double Bass

Matt Hare is well known as a performer and educator. He is on faculty at the University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, and

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Nathan Lewis

Staff Collaborative Piano

Nathan Lewis was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1993. Introduced to the violin at the age of 2, his musical aptitude was apparent from an early age. Nathan Lewis was born in 

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Mary Palchak

Flute

Mary Palchak is pleased to be added to the roster of the Irvine Music Festival. Currently on faculty at Chapman University and Irvine Valley College, she also maintains a large private teaching studio in Irvine.

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Gary Matsuura

Saxophone

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, and music educator Gary Matsuura is equally at home in the jazz and classical idioms. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by professional orchestras, big bands, and school ensembles. 

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Kristyn Son

Flute

In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, collaborative artist, orchestral flutist and teacher, Kristyn Son performed and gave master classes throughout the U.S. and Asia at prestigious institutions including Sejong University, Sangmyung University, Songkhla Rajabhat 

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Dr. JinHee Kate Kim

Violin

Dr. JinHee Kate Kim is an expert teacher and accomplished violinist known for artistic innovation. At Universities and in her private studio,

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Mizuki Noda

Violin

The violinist, educator and composer Mizuki Noda has performed internationally in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center,  Bargemusic, 

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Jason Bonham

Viola

Jason Bonham is known as a recitalist, chamber musician, principal violist and educator. Currently, Mr. Bonham is the Principal Violist with both the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the
Pageant of the Masters Orchestra (Laguna Beach, CA). 

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Andy Lin

Viola

Taiwanese born violist and erhuist (Chinese violin), Wei-Yang Andy Lin, is recognized as one of the most promising and the only active performers who specialized in both western and eastern instruments.  

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Laszlo Mezo

Cello

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo Mezo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in 

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Doug Basye

Double Bass

Doug Basye joined the Pacific Symphony in 1994 as Assistant Principal. He also plays in the San
Diego Symphony and teaches at CSU Long Beach.

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Dr. Hyunjoo Choi

Piano

Dr. Hyunjoo Choi came to the United States to study at Michigan State
University with Yong Hi Moon and Dae Uk Lee.  She received the M.M and D.M.A. degrees in Piano 

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Stephen Ng

Voice

Heralded for his "powerfully expressive voice" (Washington Post), and "a superb singer ... with a soaring voice in the extreme registers that could be simply described as amazing" (New York Concert Review), Stephen Ng is known as an opera, oratorio, recital, and new music performer.

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Lea Steffens

Clarinet

A native of Southern California, Lea Steffens earned the degree of Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999.

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Matthew Kim

Trumpet

Most recently awarded this silver medal for Outstanding Achievement in the 2018 Global Music Awards, Matthew Kim, a sponsored artist by the Korea Total Economic Institute, is currently active as a trumpet soloist and clinician on an international level.

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Siri Lyon

Oboe

Known for her elegant musical interpretations and expression, Siri Lyon has established herself as an accomplished musician with a multi-faceted career.

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