“His interpretation was notable for a keen understanding of the emotional and structural shape of the music… His playing breathed with intensity, drama and solitude.” – Houston Chronicle
Shih-Kai Lin is a multi-faceted violinist constantly seeking ways to communicate with audience through music. Mr. Lin’s desire to extend the borders of classical music has allowed him to explore music that speaks to his heart and to share his music with audiences in various settings.
As an active performer, Mr. Lin has toured internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral member, and has presented recitals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. Among the most recent engagements as a soloist, Mr. Lin has appeared with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony (Taiwan), Houston Symphony, Quincy Symphony (MA), and the World Civic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Lin has collaborated with such renowned artists as Paul Biss, Martha Katz, Cho-Liang Lin, Jacques Loussier, Nai-Yuan Hu, Hsin-Yun Huang, and the International Sejong Soloists. Mr. Lin has also participated and performed at prestigious festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and the La Jolla SummerFest.
In addition to performing standard classical music repertoire, Shih-Kai Lin also enjoys creative collaborations with performers and musicians of other genre. Mr. Lin has performed with Jazz pianist Jacques Loussier and modern dance company Rioult. He can also be heard on the movie sound tracks of “Stand Up” (2009) and “Jump Ashin” (2011). Most recently, Mr. Lin has jointed force with contemporary improvisation musicians to produce a concert at Jordan Hall in Boston.
Shih-Kai Lin is a firm believer of music education and committed to bring music to venues outside of concert halls. Mr. Lin has given masterclasses and performed in public schools, senior centers, and hospitals.
Mr. Lin attended Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, where he studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill. Mr. Lin graduated from Walnut Hill School with honors and was the recipient of the Frances B. Lanier award from the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. He was the first prize and the audience choice award winner of the 2006 Ima Hogg Competition.
Mr. Lin was born in Taiwan and started his musical studies at the age of four. He holds both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School under tutelage of Naoko Tanaka and Cho- Liang Lin. While studying at the Juilliard School, he had served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. Shih-Kai Lin holds a doctoral degree of Musical Arts from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Miriam Fried. He is currently on the violin faculty of the National Taiwan University of Arts and National Taiwan Normal University.
Since making her Lincoln Center solo debut in 2006 in Alice Tully Hall, violinist So Jin Kim has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her musical lyricism, technical brilliance, and lush tone. She has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Golden Hall, KKL Luzern, Seoul Arts Center, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. She has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie, and the Budpapest Symphony Orhchestra.
As an active chamber musician, So Jin has been invited to Festival dei Due Mondi, Kissinger Sommer, MoMA Summergarden Concert Series, La Jolla Summerfest, and Sangat Chamber Music Festival, collaborating with artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Orli Shaham, Cho Liang Lin, Lynn Harrell, and Roberto Diaz. At the age of 24, So Jin was appointed concertmaster of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra where she played until 2013, and has been a guest concertmaster with Bern Symphony Orchestra. In Germany she has worked with ensembles such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra SWR, the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Radio Orchestra. She is currently a concertmaster of the critically acclaimed German chamber ensemble Musica Assoluta.
Having found early success in competitions, So Jin is a prizewinner of international competitions such as the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, and the International Violin Competition “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer”. She was accepted to the Juilliard School at the age of 16 to the Bachelor of Music Degree Program, and has received both Bachelor and Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School with Cho-Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka. She has also worked with Nam Yoon Kim, Hyo Kang, and Donald Weilerstein. In May 2016, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with Cho-Liang Lin. She has also worked with Krzysztof Wegrzyn at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover as part of the prestigious Solo Klasse program. In 2014 she joined the faculty of Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.
Awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award for 2014, violinist Itamar Zorman is the winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia.
Mr. Zorman has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Seoul, German Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Utah Symphony, American Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, RTE Symphony Orchestra Dublin and Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, with conductors Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, James DePreist and Yuri Bashmet, at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. As a recitalist he performed at Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debut series, People’s Symphony Concerts, the Louvre Museum, Suntory Hall and Frankfurt Radio.
Mr. Zorman was invited to the Verbier, Marlboro, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, MITO Settembre and Radio France Festivals. He is a member of the Israeli Chamber project, and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, which won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Mr. Zorman studied at the Jerusalem Academy, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and the Kronberg Academy, working with Sylvia Rosenberg and Christian Tetzlaff. He plays a 1734 Guarneri Del Gesù violin from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.
Angelo Xiang Yu
Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu’s astonishing technique, exquisite tone, and exceptional musical maturity have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements and chamber music performances.
In addition to winning First Prize as well as the Bach and Audience Prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Mr. Yu was awarded 3rd prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011 and was the youngest prize winner at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2006.
In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include appearances with the Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Houston symphonies, as well as with the North Carolina, Colorado, Alabama, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Modesto, Tucson, Elgin, Binghamton and Lake Forest symphonies. In the summer of 2016, he participated for the second season in a row in Portland, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest festival and made his debut at the Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California. Internationally, he has appeared with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and Oslo Philharmonic.
An active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Auckland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston. He has participated as a chamber musician in several of the world’s leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bergen Festival in Norway and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Perlman Music Program in New York. During the 12/13 season, Mr. Yu was invited to tour with Miriam Fried and chamber musicians from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute and performed concerts in New York, Chicago, Florida and throughout New England. He was also recently featured as the Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s nationally broadcast radio program Performance Today.
Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Yu earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship in Violin and was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and served as the teaching assistant of Donald Weilerstein. He was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s most prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.
Angelo currently plays on the 1729 “Solomon, Ex-Lambert” Stradivarius violin kindly loaned by an anonymous patron.
Dr. Angel Valchinov is a soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician, and a teacher. Currently performing with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, Dr. Valchinov is a soloist with wide a ranging repertoire. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, some of his recent performance highlights include performance of H. W. Ernst’s Six Polyphonic Etudes, and a concert with the Turtle Island Quartet in Boston’s Jordan Hall. He is currently concertmaster of several orchestras in the Boston area, including Claflin Hill Symphony and Boston Chamber Orchestra. He is String Faculty at Northern Essex Community College, and has a large private teaching studio. Mr. Valchinov also teaches at Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Youth & Muse Music Festival (Boston) throughout the summer. Bulgarian television has made a documentary about him and he has been featured on a number of television and radio stations across the U.S. A third generation musician, Dr. Valchinov regularly performs with his family and his wife, violist and pianist Dr. Chen Lin, and is a reader at his beloved Orthodox Church in Allston, MA.
Korean violinist Jehye Lee is one of the most promising young artists of her generation. In 2013, she was appointed the youngest 1st concert master in the history in the Augsburg Philharmonie, and most recently, she was appointed the concert master position of the 2nd violins in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Maestro Mariss Jansons.
Lee was honored with numerous awards in various International Competitions in Europe. As the highlight of her competition career, Lee won the 3rd prize and the chamber music prize at the 14th Tchaikovsky Competition in St.Petersburg. She also won the 1st prizes at the Leopold Mozart Competition in Germany and the Sarasate Competition in Spain, from which she garnered many European concert engagements in the subsequent years.
As a solo violinist, Lee has appeared with several renowned orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St.Petersburg Philharmonie, North Czech Philharmonie, Seoul Philharmonie and Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, working with conductors including Valeriy Gergiev, Myung Whun Chung and Julien Salemcour.
With her passion for chamber music, Lee was invited to take part in numerous chamber music festivals including the Lockenhaus festival, Ravinia Festival, and Chamber Music Connects the World from Kronberg where she has received special musical impulses from collaborations with such artists such as Menahem Pressler, Frans Helmerson, Gidon Kremer, Miriam Fried, and Andras Schiff.