Korean Concert Society Artists

2011 | Ji-Yoon Park, Violin

Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2011

Born in Korea in 1985, Ji-Yoon Park won first prize at the Hankuk Ilbo Competition at the age of nine, and two years later took home first prize from the Chosun Ilbo Competition. In 2001, one year after moving to France, she was awarded first prize at the Concours des jeunes interprètes de Canet in Roussillon, and went on to win first prize at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland at age 18.


2010 | Jonah Kim, Cello

Performance Date: Nov. 7, 2010

Korean cellist Jonah Kim was recognized at an early age as an extremely gifted musical prodigy. He studied briefly with the renowned Janos Starker, who later remarked, “Jonah is an exceptional talent. He is at the top of his generation.” He studied for six years at the Curtis Institute of Music and participated in master classes with many of today’s leading cellists.


2010 | Sang Eun Lee, Cello

Sang Eun Lee had to cancel her recital because she was selected to compete in the second round of the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. KCS congratulates Sang Eun, and, though we regret she will not perform, we are pleased to announce that cellist Jonah Kim will perform instead.

Sang-Eun Lee, was born in 1993 in South Korea and is a student of Myung-Wha Chung and Hae-Eun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. The winner of the Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition has already gained concert experience as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment. In May 2010 she performed the cello concerto by Robert Schumann with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.


2009 | Elizabeth Joy Roe, Piano

Performance Date: Oct. 31, 2009

Hailed as “brilliant” (the New York Times), “an artist to be taken seriously” (the Chicago Tribune), “electrifying” (the Dallas Morning News), “magnificent” (Piano and Keyboard Magazine), “a mature and fascinating interpreter and an artist of intelligence, insight, and a genuine grace” (the Southampton Press), pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe was featured in Symphony Magazine’s cover story as one of the classical music world’s “Six on the Rise: Young Artists to Watch.”


2009 | Richard Yongjae O’Neill, Viola

Performance Date: May. 2, 2009

Praised by the London Times as “ravishing” the Los Angeles Times as “technically immaculate” the Seattle Times as “fantastic” the Boston Globe as “sensational” the San Francisco Chronicle for his “fierce virtuosity”, and the and the New York Times as “high class” with an “elegant, velvety tone” violist Richard O’Neill is one of the very few violists ever to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a Grammy Award Nomination.


2008 | Stephanie Jeong, Violin

Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2008

Violinist Stephanie Jeong was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2011 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, she was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2010-2011. The top prize winner and recipient of the Best Paganini Concerto Prize of the 2008 Paganini Violin Competition in Italy, Jeong made her solo debut at age 12 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as winner of its Feinburg Competition and with The Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of its Albert M. Greenfield Competition.


2007 | Hee-Young Lim, Cello

Performance Date: Nov. 3, 2007

A winner of numerous competitions, Ms. Lim, a native of Korea, has won the Washington International Competition for Strings, the Barnett Foundation Competition, and the Sorantin International String Competition. She captured the grand prize at the IBLA International Competition in Italy, where she was given a Special Mention and recognized as a Most Distinguished Musician. She joined Astral Artists’ roster as the winner of its 2009 national auditions.


2006 | Soyeon Lee, Piano

Performance Date: Sep. 9, 2006
Soyeon Lee

Korean pianist Soyeon Lee has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for performances of rare passion and grace. Her rapturous playing has brought numerous accolades and successes including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild International Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition, and the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition. At 26, having already worked with conductors such as Jahja Ling, Otto-Werner Mueller, and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, and orchestra such as the Cleveland Orchestra and London Symphony, Ms. Lee continues to bring her unique power and sensitivity to audiences around the world.


2005 | KCS 25th Anniversary Celebration with International Sejong Soloists and Chee-Yun,

Performance Date: Oct. 29, 2005

Praised as a “top notch conductor-less string orchestra” by the Washington Post, International Sejong Soloists (ISS) was founded in New York City in 1995 and met with immediate success. Since its inception ISS has given more than 200 concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Uniquely comprised of today’s leading young soloists, International Sejong Soloists is known for its cohesiveness, beautiful sound, and refreshing musical style in performing string orchestral works as well as solo and chamber repertoire.


2004 | Hyuk-Joo Kwun, Violin

Performance Date: Oct. 2, 2004
Hyuk Joo Kwun

Violinist Hyuk-Joo Kwon was the 1st prize winner at the 7th Carl Nielsen Violin Competition 2004 and received the special prizes as a best performer of Denmark Composition and a young popularity vote. In 2001, Hyuk-Joo graduated from the Moscow Central Music School and entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he today continues his studies with Professor Grach. That October he won the Grand-prix in the Kloster- Schoental Competition in Germany.