Korean Concert Society Artists

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.


2003 | Won-Jin Jo, Clarinet

Performance Date: Sep. 27, 2003
Won-Jin Jo

Won-Jin Jo, born in Flushing, New York, was 16 when he was named a winner of the 2001 New York Philharmonic Young Artists’ Competition. He subsequently made his New York Philharmonic debut at a Young People’s Concert in 2001 under Kurt Masur. He was re-engaged for a five-concert tour with the New York Philharmonic in 2003 under Roberto Minczuk.


2003 | Jasmine Nakyung Choi, Flute

Jasmine Nakyung Choi did not perform at the Kennedy Center as scheduled on September 26, 2003, due to a conflicting engagement in Vienna. The alternate candidate for 2003, clarinettist Won-Jin Jo, performed instead.

Flutist Jasmine Choi, a native of Korea, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and full-time orchestral musician. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. At the age of 22, she was appointed Associate Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony under the music director Paavo Jarvi and became the first Korean woodwind player to hold a post with a major orchestra in the United States.


2003 - 2004 | Jeeyoung Kim, Composer

Korean Concert Society’s first ever Composer in Residence Jeeyoung Kim writes music that harmonizes the unique cultural aspects from Eastern and Western traditions. Recent works include two pieces, “Tryst” and “Ancient Bell”, that were commissioned and toured worldwide by the Silk Road Ensemble lead by Yo-Yo Ma. She has served as a composer-in-residence for Chanticleer, a Grammy Award winning choir, and she is currently a composer-in-residence for San Francisco Performances.


2002 | Patrick Jee, Cello

Performance Date: Sep. 21, 2002
Patrick Jee

Praised as “spectacular” (American Record Guide) and a “virtuosic tour-de-force” (New York Concert Review) cellist Patrick Jee has earned international acclaim for his bold musicality, rich sound, and passionate performances. Mr. Jee has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall as well as special performances at the United Nations and on CNN, American Morning. He has performed at major music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Caramoor, Casals, and La Jolla.


2001 | Yung Wook Yoo, Piano

Performance Date: Sep. 21, 2001

Mr. Yung Wook Yoo won the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the 13th Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition which was granted by unanimous vote from the jury in August, 1998. This prize included important concert tours and recitals throughout the world as well as a recording contract with a major label.


2000 | Ju-Young Baek, Violin

Performance Date: Sep. 23, 2000
Ju-Young Baek

Lauded by Krzysztof Penderecki as the “next Goddess of Violin,” violinist Ju-Young Baek made national headlines in Korea with her appointment as the youngest faculty member of the prestigious Seoul National University. In addition to her appointment, Ju-Young Baek enjoys an extensive international career. Many of world’s most important venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Seoul Arts Center, have presented her in recitals as well as a soloist.


2000 | 20th Anniversary Concert and Gala featuring Chee-Yun, Sung-Won Yang, Lucille Chung, and Byung-Soon Lee,

Performance Date: Mar. 18, 2000

In 2000, three former recitalists, Chee-Yun (1988, violin), Sung-Won Yang (1993, cello), Lucille Chung (1994, piano), and Byung-Soon Lee (1999, soprano) returned to the stage at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater for a special concert to celebrate the Korean Concert Society’s 20th anniversary.