Violinist, Hwaeun Song studied with Professor Yang Hae-Yop, Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University Faculty of Music.
At the age of 16, she entered Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany.
She has been a prominent performer with world-renowned violinists Michael Gaiser and Valery Gradow. She earned her Diplom in 2004 and completed her Konzert-Examen in 2007 with high honours.
She was recognized for her music and performance in Germany. She won the Special Prize of the Smolz Bickenhach Competition in Germany. Fellow musicians awarded this prize in recognition of Hwaeun’s exceptional musicality conveyed with emotion and warm violin tones.
Hwaeun has been invited to perform in numerous concerts, including concerts at the Becksteinhaus, Partika Saal and Kammermusik saal in Düsseldorf, Germany, the Luxemburg Festival and the Lugano Festival in Switzerland. As well as performing as soloist, she had devoted much of her passion to orchestral music. With her vast musical experiences she performed with world-class conductors and orchestras such as Dusseldorf Symphony, Bochum Symphony, and Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra.
She has performed well-received solo recitals in 2012, 2013 and 2015 in the IBK Hall of the Seoul Arts Centre, Recital Hall and recital at Sejong Cultural Center.
Until moving to Canada in 2017, she was a permanent member of Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Praised for his “rich and colorful sound” by Kukmin daily newspaper of Korea, JunKyu Park is a Korean-born cellist immigrated to Canada to expand his training and career.
His notable awards include first prizes in CMC Music Competition, Sookmyung Women’s University Music Competition, Nanpa Music Competition, Kukminilbo & Hansei University Music Competition, Seoul Student Chamber Music Competition, Hanyang University Music Competition, Seoul Symphony Orchestra Music Competition, CBS National Music Competition, Kyeongin Ilbo Music Competition, Catholic University Music Competition, and Bucheon-Si National Music Competition. He is also one of the recipients of the Felix Galimir Award for Excellence in chamber music. Park appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul philharmonic orchestra and Kindred Spirits Orchestra where he was praised for his vibrant and charismatic sounds.
Park was granted Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto as a full-scholarship scholar. He was also granted Artist diploma at the Hartt School as a full-scholarship student where he was chosen as a member of prestigious 20/20 ensemble program. He completed his undergraduate degree in cello performance the University of McGill with Major Entrance Scholarship. He was accepted into Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School.
He has been serving as a principal and a section leader in a number of orchestras such as Banff Festival Orchestra, Hartt Symphony Orchestra, Univesity of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Tongyoung Music Festival, and Bucheon Youth Orchestra.
Younggun Kim is a pianist known for his blazing technical capacity and a lush sound supported by a natural phrasing sense (Timothy Gilligan, New York Concert Review). He has performed around North America and Europe. His performances this season include appearances with Toronto Concert Orchestra and recital engagements in Vancouver and Toronto.
The winner of various prizes including San Antonio International Competition, Concours International de Piano Francis Poulenc and Doctor of Musical Arts Recital Competition at the University of Toronto, he also received various prizes and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, University of Toronto, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian Music Competition, Shean Competition, the Alice and Armen Matheson Graduate Scholarship, Anne Burrows Foundation and Winspear Fund. Most recently, Younggun was given the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award worth $25000, which is the largest award that the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music offers.
He has also been closely involved since 2011 with the Health Arts Society of Ontario, providing classical music concerts to audiences who no longer can make it to concert halls.
A Toronto-based Canadian citizen from South Korea, he finished his undergraduate degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Marietta Orlov, Master’s Degree at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Professor Boris Slutsky and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Professor Marietta Orlov. He is active as soloist, chamber musician, and adjudicator; recently he joined his alma mater, University of Toronto, as faculty member.
Under the tutelage of Ko Soonja, flutist Sylvia Kim (Née Park, Sook Young) completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at Seoul National University. In Canada, she continued her studies with Doug Stewart, and earned her Masters of Music in Performance and Literature at University of Western Ontario with Fiona Wilkinson. She has played in Master Classes of renowned flutists such as Maxence Larrieu, Raymond Guiot, Alain Marion, Per Øien, Leone Boyse Robert Aitken and Peter Lloyd. She has participated in music festivals, most notably Domaine Forget, in Quebec. She has had the honour of premiering Austrian-Canadian composer Gerhard Weunsch’s Three Pieces for Solo Flute in Vienna in 2006. As a freelance flutist, Sylvia was principal flute of Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, Unionville Sinfonia, Orpheus Symphonietta, founding member of Flute Street - Toronto Professional Flute Choir, and first flute for over 23 years of her beloved Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, for which she has served as board president. She is excited and honoured to be a part of establishing Korean Canadian Chamber Concerts.
Kwangwon Kim has dedicated his career to promoting contemporary and new percussion music. He extensively performs and teaches jazz, classical and ethnic percussion and music. Kwangwon earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University and Master of Music in percussion at Mannes College of Music in New York. Kwangwon served as 2nd principal percussionist of Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years. He is a member of percussion group Plus 4 and Ensemble Ritmico. He has taught at Ewha Womens University, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul Music & Art Highschool, and El Sistema Korea. Recently arrived in Canada, Kwangwon is freelancing and performing with Salvation Army Band and KCCC.