Korean Concert Society Artists

2017 | Nathan Lee, Piano

Performance Date: Apr. 29, 2018

At the age of 15, Nathan Lee’s budding career has already earned critical praise as well as standing ovations for performances of stunning musical maturity. Nathan won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, also picking up fourteen performance prizes.


2016 | Dasol Kim, Piano

Performance Date: Apr. 9, 2018

Korean pianist Dasol Kim brings “a refined artistry of incredible maturity” to his performances (North Germany Review). A sought-after soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic in Seoul, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, and the Belgium National Orchestra.


2015 | Sang-Eun Lee, Cello

Performance Date: Nov. 18, 2015

Cellist Sang-Eun Lee won the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and First Prize at the 2014 YCA Auditions in Seoul, Korea, and at 15, she won First Prize at the 2009 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., Second Prize at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and the Young Musician Prize of the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin.


2014 | Raphaël Sévère, Clarinet

Performance Date: Mar. 30, 2014

Discovered by the general public at the age of 12 on the radio (France Musique), Raphaël Sévère currently ranks as one of the most brilliant representatives of the French school of clarinet. Raphaël Sévère received a very early musical education: the piano, the violin and the cello. Aged 8, he took up the clarinet at the Conservatoire of Nantes while continuing studying the piano. A 14, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris with unanimous acclaim from the jury. He obtained in June 2013 the master’s degree with high honors.


2013 | Ji, Piano

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2013

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” 22-year-old Ji has a compelling musical presence and a career that began at the age of ten, when he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition, resulting in a performance at Avery Fisher Hall under Maestro Kurt Masur. He studied at the Music Preparatory Division of the Mannes College with Yuri Kim, and later at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College with Yoheved Kaplinsky. He is currently working with Choong-Mo Kang at The Juilliard School.


2013 | Han Bin Yoon, Cello

Performance Date: Oct. 20, 2013
Cellist Han Bin Yoon

In May 2011, the cellist Han Bin Yoon was awarded First Prize in the USC Thornton School of Music’s Concerto Competition, and in December 2011, he won the school’s Inaugural Performance and Presentation Award. Following these awards, Han Bin performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Thornton Symphony, under the baton of James Conlon, and gave a series of recitals throughout Southern California in the early months of 2012.


2012 | Irene Kim, Piano

Performance Date: Sep. 8, 2012

Irene Kim’s dazzling yet stylistically pure performances have been heard across North America in recitals and appearances with the Washington Youth Orchestra, Los Angeles Korean Chamber Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, Southwestern Youth Music Festival Orchestra, and repeat performances with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra. Irene has won awards including the Franz Liszt First Prize in the Liszt-Garrison International Young Artist competition and top prizes in the Carmel Music Society, Yale Gordon Concerto, and Russell C. Wonderlic competitions.


2012 | Esther Park, Piano

Esther Park was chosen as the 2012 Kennedy Center debut recitalist, but cannot perform because she has been invited to participate in the Leeds Piano Competition. KCS congratulates Esther on this opportunity and is pleased to announce that alternate Irene Kim will perform instead.

Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Ms. Park has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as Houston Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Orchestra Filarmonica, Romania, Shanghai Philharmonic, China, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony.


2012 - 2013 | Quentin Kim, Composer

The KCS Composer-in-Residence for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Quentin Kim, creates emotionally compelling music based on his conviction in the “perpetual modernity of tonality.” His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, New York Society for Ethical Culture, Salle Cortot in Paris, Cajastur Cultural Center in Gijón, Spain, as well as at the Concerts at the Crossroads series in Cleveland. Kim’s work has been praised for its “refreshingly direct” (New York Concert Review) quality. Also an outstanding pianist, Kim earned a doctorate in Piano Performance at Julliard in 2010.


2012 | Jegyung Yang, Soprano

Performance Date: Jan. 28, 2012

South Korean soprano Jegyung Yang is in her second year of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she appears with WNO as Despina in Così fan tutte (Emerging Artist Performances), and the Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and with the National Symphony Orchestra as Marzelline in Fidelio.