Younggun Kim, Piano
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), who has performed across North America and Europe. His performances in the 2018-2019 season include recital engagements Vancouver and Toronto, and world-premiere of Walter Buczynski’s piano sonatas.
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. Upon completion of the doctoral degree, Younggun was chosen as the recipient of 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, 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; recently he joined his alma mater, University of Toronto, as faculty member. He is also a sought-after adjudicator, having served as Permanent Adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competition.
Sharon Lee, Violin
Aptly pegged “a compact fireball” (La Scena Musicale), violinist Sharon Lee made her concerto debut at ten years old with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra.
Sharon is Concertmaster of Toronto Concert Orchestra’s Casa Loma Residency, Toronto Beaches Chorale, Mississauga Choral Society, and Bellus Barbari. Sharon was recently Guest Concertmaster of PAX Christi Chorale, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sneak Peek Orchestra, and Canzona Chamber Players.
Devoted to music of our time, Sharon can be found backing up legends like Earth Wind and Fire, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and Josh Groban; working with cutting-edge contemporary ensembles including Toy Piano Composers, CONTACT, Continuum, and Tapestry; and playing original Prog Rock tunes with Dévah Quartet, who are YAMAHA Canada Artist.
YoonHye Eunice Park, piano
YoonHye Eunice Park successfully debuted as soloist at age of 16 with Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea, Ms. Park has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at prestigious halls throughout the US, Korea, Europe and Canada, including Pusan Cultural Center, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and many others.
Ms. Park moved to New York at age of 14 and enrolled in Manhattan School of Music Preparatory, earned Bachelors in one-year advance and Masters at the same school. She has won various competitions including American Music Teachers League of NY Piano Competition, Great Neck Young Musicians Competition, Greater Steinway Society Piano Competition, Associated Musicians League of America Scholarship Competition, and Stecher and Horowitz Foundation scholarship. Recently moved to Canada, Ms. Park serves as a regional director of Toronto and an adjudicator for US-based The Elite International Music Competition, and continues to balance her life as a pianist, a collaborative artist, a passionate teacher, and a mother of three young boys.
Young Hye Kim, piano
Pianist and theorist YH Kim received her Bachelor of Music with Honours from University of Toronto and her Masters in Music Theory from the Mannes College of Music in New York. She also has her ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from RCM and a LTCL diploma from Trinity College of Music. As a pianist, she has presented solo recitals in Toronto, New York and Seoul.
Ms. Kim has performed in collaborative stages, such as Percussion and piano Duo concerts at Seoul Arts Centre, ‘Contemporary Music Night for North Korea’ at Seoul Buam Art Hall, ‘Morning Concert’ at Bucheon Art Centre and Youngsan Art Hall. She has performed in KBS (Korean National Broadcasting company) - sponsored commemorating 61st Anniversary of Korean Independence in Vladivostok and Parzansk in Russia.
Also an active teacher, she has presented counterpoint pedagogy seminars at Yonsei Univ, and Achenkerian Symposium at Han Yang Univ. She has taught music theory and various other universities, including Mannes College, Seoul Nat’l Univ, Ewha Women’s Univ and Sook Myung Women’s University.
Ms. Kim currently serves as music director at Onnuri Korean United Church in Toronto.
Jihye Joelle Kee, violin
Jihye has earned a Master of Music in violin performance at Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music. She is truly grateful to have been under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin, Paul Kantor and Atis Bankas. Ms. Kee has been actively performing as a multi-faceted violinist throughout North America. She made solo appearances with Eastman Symphony and Korean-Canadian Symphony and won top prizes in Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition and The Honor’s Chamber Competition.
Summers were spent performing in festivals such as Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, and held several years of fellowship at New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Then she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia and served a couple of seasons as a member of Symphony Nova Scotia. She currently is a member of Toronto Messiaen Ensemble, regularly performing across eastern Canada.
Jin Lee Youn, violin
Jin Lee Youn started violin at the age of four. She attended Pre-College program at The Korean National University and graduated from Yewon Arts School studying with Nam Yoon Kim, Seoul Arts High School studying with Sung Sic Yang and Ik-Hwan Bae. She completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in violin performance at The Juilliard School as scholarships recipient, studying with David Chan and Lewis Kaplan and Sally Thomas, and Nick Eanet. She also completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance at Stony Brook University, where she studied with Sooovin Kim and Philip Setzer, and Hagai Shaham.
She won the Gold Medal at Korea Music Competition, prize-winner at Seoul Music Competition, consecutive First Place at Music Competition of Paju, Korea, Second
Place at the CBS Nation-wide Music Competition, and prize-winner at New York Artists International Competition.
She was featured soloist with La Fuse Players Group at Sejong Center, Korea as well as New York Classical Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln Center of New York. She also performed as soloist with Inspired Passion Chamber Orchestra in Aram Art Hall, Goyang, Korea, and Romania National Symphony Orchestra in Youngsan Art Hall, Korea.
She is actively performing both as solo and chamber musician. Her performance was broadcasted on TV including Ariang and FEBC TV. As violinist of Starry Duo with violist Dahm Huh, they have performed on the stages of Lincoln Center, New York and Seoul Arts Center, Korea. The duo released their first album titled “Hymns and Passcaglia” in 2015. She served as violin faculty member at New York Conservatory and coached young musicians at Youngnak Orchestra and currently she is a member of the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canadian Sinfonietta.
YoonWoo Kim, viola
A native of Seoul, Korea, Yoon Woo began her studies on the violin at the age of seven. She switched to the viola when she was eleven years old and has never looked back. Yoon Woo is a graduate of Yonsei University and has also studied under Steven Dann at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. An avid musician, she has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber groups throughout her musical career in Korea and Canada.
Most recently, Yoon Woo has played with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, and as member of the newly launched Korean Canadian Chamber Concerts String Quartet.
Yoona Jhon, cello
Yoona earned her Bachelor of Music Performance & Masters of Music Performance, McGill University Schulich School of Music, and completed the Performance Diploma Program at Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music
She collaborated in releasing the recording VinyCello and ‘Meeting of the Spirits’ as member of UCCELLO, who was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Classical Crossover Album and won a Grammy in the Best Producer of the Year Category. It went on to become official selection of the 11th London International String Quartet Competition in 2009.
Tim FitzGerald, double bass
Originally from Halifax, Tim moved northwest where he was section bass with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for over 15 years. In Toronto Tim has balanced technical work with a busy musical schedule.
He has served as principal bassist with Canadian Sinfonietta, continues a long-standing relationship with Oakville Symphony Orchestra, regularly joins Masterworks of Oakville and Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and many other orchestras throughout the GTA and as far afield as Peterborough, Sudbury and even several return visits to Thunder Bay.
Work with young people has included the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra, the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Symphony Orchestra and the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto, which has recently nominated Tim for an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for five years’ service.
Other cultural groups include the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, where cello and bass are the only western instruments, a recent performance of Neynava by Hossain Alizadeh for a mixture of Persian instruments and western strings, and the Ayekan Ensemble that performs music with South American influence.
Chamber performances have covered larger scale pieces that include the bass from Schubert, Dvorak, Martinu, Nielsen, Prokofiev and Hummel, duets by Rossini and Dittersdorf, as well as arrangements for small groups such as Strauss ‘Till Eulenspiegel’ for quintet and Chopin’s piano concerto no.2 for piano solo and string quartet.
Having performed with the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra between 2010 and the ‘Farewell Symphony’ performance of 2016, Tim is most pleased to be joining this chamber performance of Saint-Saens’ delightful ‘Carnival of the Animals’
Sylvia Kim, flute
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.
Ja Eun Kwon, clarinet
Clarinettist Ja Eun Kwon counts Hyun Geon Kim, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Sokolov and Kwang Ho Oh as her teachers in clarinet performance.
After graduating from Seoul Arts High School, Ms. Kwon continued her studies at the prestigious Korean National University of Arts, earning both the Artist Diploma and Masters of Arts degrees in Instrumental Music. She performed as a member of the KNUA Wind Ensemble, and was invited frequently to perform and collaborate at Duomul Workshop in Yangsuri, Korea.
Ms. Kwon has participated and performed in Seoul, Yong-In and Je-Ju Music Festivals, in Austria and at the World Association of Symphonic Band And Ensemble (WASBE) Forums in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego in USA. In Canada, Ms. Kwon has collaborated as clarinettist of ASSIEME Wood Wind Quintet, and was solo artist for the Festival Wind Orchestra where she currently holds the position of solo clarinet.
KwangWon Kim, percussion
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 High School, and El Sistema Korea. Recently arrived in Canada, KwangWon is freelancing and performing with Salvation Army Band and KCCC.
Sunny Choi, Violin
Currently a PhD candidate at York University, Sunny earned both Bachelor and Master of Music in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. Sunny was a member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Second principal of Korean Canadian Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of Koffler Chamber Orchestra and Concertmaster of the York Symphony Orchestra. Currently she plays for the Toronto Concert Orchestra at Casa Loma and Korean Canadian Chamber Concerts.
Toronto Korean Children’s Chorus