Emanuel Borok
Emanuel Borok, violinist

Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, Meadows School of the Arts, Southen Methodist University

Guest appearance in 2017, 2015
Born and trained in the Soviet Union, Borok received his early musical instruction at the renowned Darzinya Music School in Riga, Latvia, and the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. In 1964 he became prizewinner of the most important national violin competition in the former Soviet Union. In 1971, he won the position of Co-Concertmaster in the Moscow Philharmonic.

Since emigrating to the West in 1973, Borok has made many solo appearances in Israel, Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, Switzerland, Holland and throughout the United States (including Carnegie Hall).  His solo appearances have included the Bach Double Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Pinchas Zukerman and Brahms’s Double Concerto with Janos Starker; concerto and chamber music appearances at notable festivals such as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts in La Jolla, Calif.; Montecito International Music Festival, Mentecito, Calif.; Summit Music Festival in Purchase, N.Y.; Settimane Musicale Senese in Siena, Italy; Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy; Gstaad Switzerland and others.  His chamber music partners have included such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Lynn Harrell, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Christopher Hogwood, Joshua Bell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cho-Liang Lin, Sarah Chang and Paul Neubauer as well as Principals of Berlin Philharmonic Hansjorg Schellenberger and Daniel Damiano. Borok was also featured in the Distinguished Artists Recital Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

In 1999, Borok was part of the Grammy-nominated CD Voces Americanas with Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change. He also recorded the Shostakovich Violin Sonata with Tatiana Yampolsky (which received a four-star rating from the Penguin Cassette Guide), the solo part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with musicians from the Boston Symphony (named “Best of the Month” by Stereo Review magazine), and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio with pianist Claude Frank and cellist Leslie Parnas (honored by Ovation magazine as the record of the year).

Borok’s most recent recordings include A Road Less Traveled and Songs for a Lonely Heart, with seldom-performed concertos by Joseph Haydn and romantic pieces for violin, released to critical acclaim on the Eroica label. He has published a book of original cadenzas for all five Mozart Violin Concertos with Theodore Presser Co. 

In addition to his highly active performing life, Borok has established himself as an internationally recognized teacher having taught at the Tanglewood Music Center; the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland; Royal Conservatory and Academy of Music in London; Conservatoire de Paris; Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow; and the Academy of Music in Prague. In the summer of 2005 he was invited to teach at the famous Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Borok’s violin is a 400-year-old Brothers Amati violin, made in 1608 in Cremona, Italy, home to such famous violin makers as Amati, Guarneri and Stradivarius. In 2009, on the occasion of the violin’s 400th “birthday,” Borok traveled with his violin to Cremona and presented a concert for the people of the city, all of which was captured in the documentary A Cremona con Amore, available on Amazon.com.

In June 2010 Borok was invited to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Radio Philharmonic orchestra during the Holland Festival under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. The occasion featured a violin concerto written by Alexander Raskatov and dedicated to Mr. Borok’s 1608 Brothers Amati violin.

Borok retired from the orchestra life in 2010 and is currently Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he combines his teaching with performing, conducting master classes and adjudicating competitions.
Nathan Cole
Nathan Cole, violinist

First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Guest appearance in 2017
Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of the world’s leading coaches for the violin audition repertoire. Previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, he has sat on audition committees for nearly every orchestral instrument. He has also performed as guest concertmaster for the orchestras of Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.

Nathan’s passion is helping violinists reach their potential in the practice room, concert hall, and audition stage. Through one-on-one coaching, master classes, blog posts, and videos, he shares detailed knowledge that is typically taught only inside elite conservatories. His “New York Philharmonic Audition Challenge” invites violinists from all over the world to follow Nathan’s own audition preparation timeline. It has already been adapted for other instruments including flute and viola.

Born to professional flutists in Lexington, Kentucky, Nathan started violin at age four in a Suzuki program. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute, where he spent less time practicing solo pieces than he should have, and more time rehearsing string quartets. His wife, Akiko Tarumoto, is Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Robert deMaine
Robert deMaine, cellist

Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Guest appearance in 2017
Praised by the New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note,” ROBERT deMAINE is the Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A highly sought-after solo artist and chamber musician, he is a frequent guest artist at many of the world's premier chamber music festivals, including those of Marlboro, Seattle, Great Lakes, Limoges, Heidelberg Schlossfest, Chamberfest Cleveland, Montréal, Seoul’s Ditto Festival, and most recently featured as a soloist at the 2016 Piatigorsky Cello Festival. His playing is noted for its "beautiful singing tone, lapidary technical precision, and a persuasive identification with the idiom of the music at hand." As a soloist, he performs the great works of the repertoire both old and new from concertos by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar and Penderecki, as well as more recent works by John Williams and Christopher Theofanidis. As a recitalist the great works for cello and piano as well as the suites of J.S. Bach remain staples of his repertoire, and as one critic noted, his playing was "magnificent" and that his "technical brilliance is surpassed only by the beauty of tones he produces.”

DeMaine has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Suntory Hall and the Seoul Arts Center, as well as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Conservatory and London's Wigmore Hall, among others. He is the recipient of a career grant from the Helen M. Saunders Foundation, and the gift of a Vuillaume cello from the Cecilia Benner Foundation. His principal teachers include Leonard Rose, Stephen Kates, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, Luis García-Renart and Aldo Parisot. Masterclasses and additional studies were undertaken with Bernard Greenhouse, János Starker, Boris Pergamenschikow, Felix Galimir, and Jerome Lowenthal.

DeMaine studied at The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, Yale University, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany. A first-prize winner in many national and international competitions, deMaine was the first cellist ever to win the grand prize at San Francisco’s prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As soloist, he has collaborated with many of the world’s most distinguished conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Oundjian, Mark Wigglesworth, Joseph Silverstein, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and Leonard Slatkin, and has performed nearly all the major cello concertos with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal cello for over a decade. DeMaine has also served as guest Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. A founding member of the Ehnes Quartet in 2010, he also performs in a piano trio with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Natalie Zhu.

Robert deMaine has recorded for Naxos, Chandos, Onyx, CBC, DSO, Elysium, and Capstone and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR's Performance Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, France Musique, and RAI, among others. His recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto (Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting) was released by Naxos in fall 2015. Robert deMaine is an exclusive Thomastik-Infeld artist, and performs on a cello made in 1684 by Antonio Stradivari, the “General Kyd, ex-Leo Stern.”

Roger Kalia
Roger Kalia, conductor

Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony, Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

Guest appearance in 2017
Recently awarded a 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He began his tenure in 2015, and was recently awarded a two-year contract extension, becoming only the second assistant conductor in Pacific Symphony's history to receive this honor. Kalia also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, the premier musical arts festival in the region. Previously, he served for two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in a variety of performances and invigorated the orchestra’s engagement with the community. Kalia has also held Music Director positions with both the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the state and only its fourth music director. Kalia recently led the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a highly successful tour of China, which marked the orchestra’s second international tour and its first to Asia.

In addition to his current positions, Kalia is in consistent demand as a guest conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Long Beach Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, and Bakersfield Symphony, among others. He has collaborated with such artists as Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Randy Newman, Dan Dunn, Fei-Fei Dong, and Misha Dichter, and has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Kalia has worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others. Kalia conducted the Memphis Symphony in 2011 after winning Second Prize in their International Conducting Competition, which led to his debut the following season and launched his professional career.

As Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, Kalia conducts the Lake George Festival Orchestra and chamber ensembles every August, whose distinguished musicians come from many of North America's finest orchestras and conservatories. Through its unique and innovative artistic collaborations and outreach, the festival was recently voted the Best Annual Event by the City of Lake George and featured in Time Out New York Magazine and Saratoga Living. Kalia recently created a new and innovative concert series called Sounds of Our Time, which highlights the connections between the popular music of our time and orchestral music. The collaboration gained national publicity by being featured in the League of American Orchestras The Hub, Broadway World, EDMjoy, the Albany Times Union, and Saratoga Living. The Festival Orchestra has been featured on a variety of radio programs including American Public Media’s Performance Today with Fred Child and WQXR-NY.

Kalia started his career as Music Director of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles (2012-2015), following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn. Kalia led the orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by acclaimed video game and film composers. Highlights of his tenure included four world premieres, collaborations with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness at the orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Gala Concert, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary.

In addition to being a two-time recipient (2017 and 2013) of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia also received a 2010 fellowship to the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Robert Spano. He was also a fellow at the 2011 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, chosen by Marin Alsop. That same year David Zinman invited him to conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele. In 2013 Kalia worked with Kurt Masur at his annual Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music. Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with the Colburn School and Cal State Fullerton, and has been invited to serve as conductor of the 2018 Missouri All-State Orchestra.

A native of New York, Kalia received his Doctorate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble. He also holds degrees from the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager.

Guillaume Sutre
Guillaume Sutre, violinist

Professor of Violin, Director of Chamber Music, University of California, Los Angeles

Guest appearance in 2016, 2015
Guillaume SUTRE was only eighteen years old when he won three major awards: first prize in the Alberto Curci International Violin Competition in Naples, Italy; the International Piano Trio ARD Competition in Munich; and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the United States.

Mr. Sutre was attracted to chamber music early in his career. In 1986, he founded the Trio Wanderer; ten years later he became the first violinist of the Ysaÿe Quartet until their farewell concert in 2014 in Paris. His vast repertoire of over 500 works features all the string chamber music of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and all 68 Haydn quartets. With his wife Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, he forms a violin and harp duo; they frequently commission new works from composers like Eric Tanguy, David Lefkowitz and Paul Yeon Lee.

In addition to performing chamber music, Guillaume Sutre has also appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia Varsovia, Berlin-Radio Orchestra, Göttingen Symphonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, and has performed with conductors Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Stefan Sanderling, David Robertson and Sheldon Morgenstern, among others. He performs at Wigmore Hall, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein (Vienna), Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), but also travels to more unusual destinations such as the Addis Ababa Conservatory (Ethiopia), Opéra of Manaus (Brazil), Grand Théatre d'Hanoï (Vietnam), and Fondation Bolipata (Philippines).

His recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Aeon, and Ysaÿe Records have received the highest distinctions in France and internationally. His live recording of the complete duets of Haydn and Mozart with violist Miguel da Silva has been hailed by critics as definitive.

Professor of a string quartet class at the Paris City Conservatory for ten years, since 2008 he has held the position of Professor of Violin and director of string chamber music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. Mr. Sutre is passionately committed to transmitting his knowledge to musicians of younger generations. He regularly performs with his students and in 2014 co-produced the Calidore Quartet's debut CD.

Guillaume Sutre began his studies in Douai, France; he then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age fourteen with Gérard Poulet and Jean-Claude Pennetier. After finishing his studies in France, he attended Indiana University at Bloomington to study with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Menahem Pressler and Janos Starker. He subsequently studied in Cologne with the Amadeus Quartet.

Mr. Sutre regularly serves on juries of prestigious competitions, such as the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, and the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux. In 1994, SACEM awarded him the prestigious George Enesco Prize. In 1999, he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and he received the Silver Medal of the City of Paris in 2010.

Guillaume Sutre plays a violin made by Gregorio Antoniazzi, an enigmatic Venetian maker from the Eighteenth Century.
Jennifer Cho
Jennifer Cho, violist

Faculty

Guest appearance in 2016
Born in South Korea and raised in Southern California, Ms. Cho started on the violin and piano at the age of six. At age 12, with the recommendation of her violin teacher, who was also a violist, she tried the Viola for the first time and fell in love with the sound.

Although Ms. Cho kept up with the violin, her focus shifted more toward the Viola, which led her to pursue more serious studies at the Colburn School of Music under the guidance of Professor Alan DeVeritch. At the age of 15, she appeared as a soloist with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra. Her high school symphony orchestra where she served as a concertmistress was invited to perform under the direction of the Los Angeles Philharmonic maestro Esa Pekka Salonen, who subsequently gave a recommendation for her high school chamber orchestra to attend Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. As principal violist of that orchestra, Ms. Cho was chosen as a solo violist to perform a concerto in Finland.

Ms. Cho pursued her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Alan DeVeritch and Yizhak Schotten respectively. Both teachers were protégés of William Primrose and have greatly influenced her understanding of the instrument with their insights. Ms. Cho served as principal violist in orchestras at both schools and was a finalist in their concerto competitions.

Ms. Cho was fortunate to be accepted to numerous music festivals in the past such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Schleswig Holstein, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music, and Round Top. She has had the opportunity to study with teacher such as James Dunham, Jeffrey Irvine, Doris Lederer, Paul Coletti, Donald McInnes, and Roberto Diaz among others.

While Studying at Aspen as a fellowship student, Ms. Cho was offered a full scholarship to join a graduate string quartet at UC Santa Barbara. She earned her masters degree studying with Helen Callus at UCSB. Ms. Cho was given many teaching opportunities working as an assistant to Helen Callus and gained her love of teaching.

Ms. Cho served as a violist in Santa Barbara Chamber, Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara. She also performed in Rochester Philharmonic in New York, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Lansing Symphony in Michigan.

After taking many years off from being a violist mostly due to physical injuries and also pursuing other dreams of her life, Ms. Cho came back to viola focusing on teaching young musicians. She has a private studio in Irvine, CA. Her main goal is to work together with her students as a team and inspire them with her love of music. She believes that a teacher’s role in young students is not just teaching the technicality of the instrument, but also being an inspiration and guidance in their life by spreading love through music.

Her students have won in competitions such as MACOC, SYMF, Satori and performed in Honor Orchestras in Irvine and Santiago Strings among others and also have gone to pursue music in college. Ms. Cho performs chamber music and solo works whenever she can and hopes to give the same love she feels through her viola. She is very thankful for every student and every opportunity that comes to her life.

Antonio Lysy
Antonio Lysy, cellist

Professor of Cello, University of California, Los Angeles

Guest appearance in 2016
Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello’s voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music.

The currently touring show, “Te Amo, Argentina”, a personal journey through the heart and soul of Argentina’s fascinating culture, featuring solo cello and chamber works, dance, film, and spoken word, has met with widespread acclaim. Tango dancers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo and the Te Amo, Argentina Ensemble, join Lysy in this inspiring multimedia experience. Te Amo, Argentina is based on Lysy’s Latin Grammy award-winning CD on the Yarlung Records label - “Antonio Lysy at the Broad - Music From Argentina”, featuring the works of Piazzolla, Golijov, Ginastera, Bragato, and Schifrin. The CD won the ‘Best Classical Contemporary Composition’ award for Pampas, a piece he commissioned from Lalo Schifrin. A recent review on Musicangle.com declares it “among the most beautiful recordings of cello and piano you are likely ever to hear”, and Absolute Sound recognized it as one of the 40 best recordings of all time.

Highlights of his recent work include an extraordinary recital, broadcast on live radio, celebrating Bach and the cello through performances on baroque, acoustic, and electric cellos at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts. A recent program with Les Violons du Roi in their new and fabulous hall in the heart of Quebec city, led “Le Soleil” to remark: “Antonio Lysy shone and enchanted his audience in an arrangement for cello and strings of Schubert’s Arpeggione”. He presented a multimedia concert with pianist and comedian Jean Marchand, showcasing the history of his Carlo Tononi cello on its the 300th birthday. He has performed in recitals in New York and Los Angeles with pianist Pascal Rogé, and enjoys frequent collaborations with distinguished fellow faculty at UCLA’s Royce and Schoenberg Hall, and Colburn’s Zipper Hall.

Other recent performances include a solo Bach recital at the Uffizi Library in Florence, Italy; two programs with Vladimir Ashkenazy and his sons, Vovka and Dimitri; a concerto performance with the American Youth Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles; and touring the States, Canada, Italy, and Argentina with the show 'Te Amo, Argentina’. Next season Lysy will be focusing on the cycle of timeless masterpieces for solo cello by Bach. He will return to the Broad Stage in Los Angeles to perform the 6 Suites, ornamenting the setting with visual projections, inviting the audience to a new 'delight of spirit’ through the art of photography.

Lysy's love and commitment to chamber music is demonstrated by his musical directorship and founding in 1989, of the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy (www.itslafoce.org). Distinguished artists from around the globe take part in this idyllic summer retreat, which is crowned by performances in medieval fortresses, palazzi, and churches in the Southern Tuscan region.

He has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other European radio networks. His live recording of solo cello repertoire by Bach, Berio, Henze, and Walton, released on the Pelléas label, is "...some of the most beautiful Bach ever heard" (– La Presse, Montréal). In addition, he has recorded for the Claves, Dinemec Classics, and Fonè labels. In January 2012, he recorded and premiered the reworked Eric Zeisl cello concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia directed by Neal Stulberg. This cd is also available on the Yarlung Records label.

In the summer of 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal. He was also, for a number of years, visiting professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He now resides with his family in Los Angeles.

Antonio Lysy on Teaching

Ever since I was 12 years old and in the early days of my musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, I have been fascinated with the process and notion of teaching. The idea of passing on a legacy through performance practice, and being part of an aural tradition entrusted to me by masters of the instrument is somewhat magical. It is the creation and preservation of history.

I am fortunate to have had great opportunities in my life. While the idea of “giving back” has become cliché, I cannot think of a better term to explain my motivation to help those who have the talent, personality, work ethic, and determination to succeed. I am indebted to all my past teachers who took the trouble to share their experience, knowledge, philosophy, and passion with me, and inspired me by their dedication to musical ideals. Their example and belief in me as a young cellist stimulated the development of my own teaching philosophy. Many teachers were pivotal in my artistic development. Those I was fortunate to spend the most time with are the following: Guido Mascellini and Myra Chahin (in my early years), Alberto Lysy (my father), Maurice Gendron, William Pleeth, Radu Aldulescu, Yehudi Menuhin, and Ralph Kirshbaum.

My wife Margaret, a violinst and pedagogue, has also been a constant inspiration. She proves daily that dedication, passion, and patience can bring about incredible results. Her boundless energy and spirit has spread the joy of music-making to countless young minds. She is the founder and director of a wonderful school in Santa Monica, SOL-LA Music Academy (www.sollamusicacademy.org).

I am so grateful for the privilege of having taught, really learned, at two distinguished universities: McGill University in Montreal (for 15 years) and the University of California Los Angeles Herb Alpert School of Music (since 2003). After over twenty-five years of teaching I have many fabulous memories. These schools have been stimulating environments in which to hold concerts and conduct repertoire research, interact with the younger generation on a daily basis, meet brilliant minds in a variety of vocations, make lasting friendships, and never get bored! I am delighted when past students do well for themselves by pursuing their studies on scholarship, perform and work professionally as soloists, join prestigious orchestras, chamber ensembles, teach in distinguished institutions, and pursue other varied and interesting career choices.

Many people ask me “What is your method or style of teaching?” My goal is to teach students to teach themselves. I hope I can guide them to learn to be truly independent and creative musicians; instrumentalists who find solutions to any problem; individuals who have confidence in their own ‘voice’, and are not be put off by self-imposed limitations. Every student has something special to offer the world of music and there is room for them all.

Trying to make a living from music may seem to many like a risky business; yet it is a truly admirable pursuit. It requires, not dissimilarly to parenting, patience, dedication, unconditional love, and accepting the uncertainty of the unknown and the challenges it may bring. Music is like so much else, the more you put into it, the more you receive.
Janice Park
Janice Park, pianist

Faculty

Guest appearance in 2016
Janice Park, DMA, is an instructor of music and Coordinator of Secondary Piano at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange County, California. She is also 1st Vice President and Program Chair of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Orange County Branch. A native of South Korea, Dr. Park came to USA after graduating Seoul Music & Arts High School, to further her musical education. She received both Master degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Chapman University. Her major teachers included Dr. Joseph Matthews, James Bonn, and Antoinette Perry. Dr. Park taught music theory and was the pianist for Women’s Choir at Chapman. She has also been a faculty member at the Irvine Valley College for 15 years, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and an Assistant Lecturer at USC. Dr. Park has received numerous honors and awards.

Dr. Park has been active in solo, ensemble and collaborative recitals, including: performances with the concert master of the Pacific Symphony, as a soloist with Chapman Orchestra, Piano Trio recital at USC and chamber recital at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She was invited twice by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to perform both chamber and solo music. She was the featured pianist for two separate world premiere concerts, one locally and one in South America. Recently, she gave a recital with Thomas Hooten, the Principal Trumpet of Los Angeles Philharmonic. She is frequently sought to act as a clinician and as an adjudicator for competitions and piano festivals.

She is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Musical Arts Club of Orange County. Her article on how to teach piano students was published in the piano magazine, Keyboard Companion
Ha-Yang Kim
Ha-Yang Kim, cellist

Composer

Guest appearance in 2015
Ha-Yang Kim creates new music as a boundary-pushing, genre-defying composer and cellist, regularly collaborating with ensembles and artists at festivals and diverse performance venues throughout the world. Drawing from a breadth of western classical music, avant-garde, American experimentalism, rock, electronic, noise, improv, to non-western sources (Balinese, South Indian, and Korean), Kim's music is inspired by acoustic phenomena, ritual ceremonial processes, and characterized by an organic visceral lyricism of sound influenced by the East Asian sense of space and emptiness. Ms. Kim developed a unique signature language of extended string techniques and has also composed music for film, dance and multi-media. Performances throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, Bali, Cuba, Canada. She has released 2 albums of her compositions, AMA and Threadsuns on Tzadik label. Composed the original score for "DIOR AND I," the documentary film, to be released in theaters world-wide in Spring '15.

Ms. Kim has been an artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room and Roulette Intermedium (both in NYC), the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Brandeis Universities, and Dartmouth College. As a passionate teacher-educator, her work includes cross-cultural arts education initiatives in Morocco, as well as arts outreach in under served communities like juvenile halls in NYC. She has received awards and fellowships from ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation, the Hemera Foundation, Meet the Composer/New Music USA, and CEC Artslink/Trust for Mutual Understanding. She lives in NYC and in Paris, France.

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