Instrument: Violin

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.


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.


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.


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.


1996 | Ann Kim, Violin

Performance Date: Sep. 21, 1996

1995 | Soovin Kim, Violin

Performance Date: Sep. 16, 1995
Soovin Kim, Violin

Soovin Kim won first prize at the Paganini International Competition when he was only 20 years old. He was later named the recipient of the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature artist equally gifted in concerto, recital, and chamber music repertoire.


1991 | Catherine Cho, Violin

Performance Date: Oct. 5, 1991
Catherine Cho

Catherine Cho is recognized for her remarkable virtuosity, combining technical mastery of her instrument with an extraordinary and distinctive musicality. Praised by The New York Times for her “sublime tone”, she has appeared worldwide as soloist with many orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recital.


1991 | Mia Sohn, Violin

Performance Date: Mar. 3, 1991

1988 | Chee-Yun, Violin

Performance Date: Oct. 29, 1988

Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras. In August 2007, she was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


1984 | Sarah Kwak, Violin

Performance Date: Oct. 26, 1984
Sarah Kwak

Sarah Kwak is currently First Associate Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, where she has been member since 1988. Kwak, a 2008 McKnight Artist Fellowship winner, has been soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Curtis Chamber Orchestra, and she has toured internationally with the Casa Verde Trio, including a three-and-a-half-week tour of China