Canadian Korean cellist Soo Bae, was recently praised by The New Yorker as “superb” and by The Strad, for being “rich and romantic with crisp incisive technique” She has performed across the world from HongKong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, South America, Canada and the US, including a sold-out debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C , Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in Japan. In addition, she was featured soloist for the closing ceremony of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, where she performed on Casals’ own instrument.
As a concert soloist, she was recently honored as the musician of the month in Musical America Magazine. Ms. Bae is also a winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 2006, the Canada Council of the Arts awarded her First Prize in its Instrument Bank Competition, resulting in a three-year loan of the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello. Earlier that same year, she became the first Canadian ever to win a prize at the Adam International Cello Festival & Competition in New Zealand. In 2009, she was awarded the McGraw-Hills Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach from the Juilliard School.
Her recent CD for the Naxos label featuring all of the solo cello works by Alfredo Piatti has been praised for the ‘staggering display of technical brilliance and outstanding range of expression transforming these works, often thought of as nothing more than etudes, into fulfilling musical jewels’. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Bae has collaborated with celebrated artists such as Richard Goode, Charles Neidich, Lynn Harrell, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Tree, Mitsuko Uchida, Arnold Steinhardt, David Soyer and Peter Wiley among others. She has also toured with “Musicians from Marlboro” appearing in numerous chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Amelia Island Music Festival, Sarasota, and Verbier. As a supporter of new music, Ms. Bae has premiered new solo cello works written especially for her by such renowned composers as Huang Ruo, David Ludwig and Shinuh Lee.
Soo Bae received her Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music under Orlando Cole and her Master of Music Degree and the prestigious Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where she also served as assistant faculty under Joel Krosnick. Intensely involved in teaching, Ms. Bae has given master classes around the globe and has been asked to judge for various competitions including the recent Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition. Ms. Bae is the director and founder of Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber Music Program in New Jersey which is dedicated to training and empowering young musicians to serve and love the community through music. She also teaches at the Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia and performs as part of the 'Curtis on tour'.
Ms. Bae uses the Ivashkin Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae of Cremona cello dated 1710 on a loan from a generous private donor and resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
Website: Soo Bae
Cellist of the Chiara String Quartet for 18 years, Gregory Beaver performed over 500 concerts in concert halls on 3 continents, garnered a Grammy nomination, premiered 40 works, and recorded 7 major albums. Beyond traditional concertizing, the Chiaras were the first quartet to perform in clubs and bars across the country, reaching younger audiences and hiring a manager specifically for that role. Recently, removing the barrier of music stands and connecting with audiences more directly, the quartet offers all programs memorized. In 2016, the quartet presented all 6 of Béla Bartók’s string quartets memorized in a 2 day period at the Ravinia Festival and recorded the quartets on Azica Records Bartók by Heart. Their final performance in May of 2018 featured the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s piano quintet, composed for the Chiaras and pianist Paul Barnes.
From the beginning of his work as a performer, Gregory has been fascinated with the process of growth. This fuels his performing, composing, teaching, and writing with a passion from 18 years of performing internationally with the Chiara String Quartet. It permeates his published writings in Strad Magazine, a book on computer programming, his contributions to the open source programming world and even his personal recipe for guacamole. Mr. Beaver takes this passion and devotes it to expanding his solo performing, composing, and teaching activities. It extends to his role as a Senior Software Engineer at Braze, Inc. where he gets to hack on interesting problems that help business engage with their customers in more authentic ways, seamlessly transitioning between musical practice and computer work in a typical day.
Before his professional life, Mr. Beaver studied with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School, and Norman Fischer at Rice University. He had the opportunity to work with great conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, played principal cello of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and won first prize at the Corpus Christi International Competition. He began his cello studies under Char Sherman as a Suzuki student and studied in high school with renowned pedagogue Louis Potter, jr. Mr. Potter studied with Willem Willeke at Juilliard, graduating in 1935. Mr. Willeke had a long and fruitful relationship with Johannes Brahms, perhaps explaining why Mr. Beaver feels an affinity for Brahms. Gregory has performed cycles of Solo Bach, Beethoven Cello/Piano Sonatas, as well as Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartok cycles with the Chiara Quartet. He lives with his wife, violinist Hyeyung Yoon, 2 daughters and cat in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Rebecca Fischer is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer of solo, chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire. Garnering attention for her compelling programs of solo violin and singing violinist music, Ms. Fischer has premiered solo works by composers Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Mathew Fuerst, Augusta Read Thomas, Byron Au Yong, Pierre Jalbert and others. Recent solo recital engagements include Columbia University’s Miller Theater Pop-Up series, The Stone, and the University of Oregon. She is the concertmaster of Ensemble Baroklyn, a group run by pianist Simone Dinnerstein specializing in the music of Bach. Ms. Fischer is also a member of The Afield, a multidisciplinary collaboration with visual artist/writer Anthony Hawley combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media. The Afield has performed at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Boston University, and KANEKO in Omaha.
First-violinist of the Chiara String Quartet for eighteen years until the group’s final season in 2018, Ms. Fischer recorded and performed numerous works by heart, held residencies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University, and premiered many major new works by composers such as Philip Glass and Gabriela Lena Frank. Performance highlights include the complete Bartók Quartets by heart at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, several complete Beethoven quartet cycles, and collaborations with such artists as the Juilliard and Saint Lawrence Quartets, Roger Tapping, Robert Levin, and the electronic duo Matmos. Ms. Fischer has recorded for Azica Records (the complete string quartets of Brahms and Bartók) and New Amsterdam Records (the string quartets of Jefferson Friedman, a Grammy-nominated album).
Committed to working with musicians and artists of all kinds, Ms. Fischer has given masterclasses and run workshops at Carnegie Hall, Rice University, Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and San Francisco Conservatory, among others, and she served for over a decade on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently teaches violin and chamber music at the Mannes School of Music and at Greenwood Music Camp, where she is also Associate Director. Ms. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.) and The Juilliard School (M.M., A.D.). Her writing on artistry and creativity has been published in Strings Magazine, and her first book of personal essays “The Sound of Memory: Themes from a Violinist’s Life” will be available in spring 2022.
Website: Rebecca Fischer
Omar Chen Guey
Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Guey has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Kenya, and the Seychelles. He has been a featured soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, and the State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony and the Seychelles International Music Festival Orchestras. Following a recital in Oslo, Norway, he had the honor of performing for the King of Norway, Harald V. He is a prize winner at both Tibor Varga and Lipizer International Violin Competitions in Switzerland and Italy, respectively.
Mr. Guey released the Bach Concerto for Two Violins on the Paulinas Label with the Brazilian soloist Elisa Fukuda and the Camerata Fukuda, of which he was also concertmaster. He premiered and released a work for solo violin of renowned French Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife on Nagan records. As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Guey has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Semaine Musical in Portes du Solei in France, and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. He participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in 1999. He has collaborated with such renowned chamber musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Ani Kavafian, David Finckel, Lawrence Dutton, and Colin Carr.
Mr. Guey received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he studied with Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Robert Mann and a Bachelor’s from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg. He was awarded a full scholarship for graduate studies from the Brazilian government as well as a scholarship from the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival Fellowship.
He was assistant concertmaster of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, in Valencia, Spain, under the direction of Lorin Maazel. He has served as concertmaster of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra in Israel, and guest assistant concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.
He has taught at several music festivals in Brasil, among them, the International Winter Music Festival of Campos do Jordão, the largest in South America, and the Juiz de Fora International Music Festival. He has also taught at the Buñol Music Festival, in Spain.
Hyeyung Sol Yoon
Hyeyung Sol Yoon (she, her) has been seeking to connect deeply with audiences since starting her career as a violinist with the Chiara String Quartet in 2000. Out of this desire she launched “Chamber Music in Any Chamber,” that brought her ensemble to over 50 clubs and bars across the country. The quartet’s project of memorizing its repertoire, including the performances of the Complete String Quartets of Bela Bartok at the Ravinia Festival in 2016, also came from this desire. Without stands in the way, the audience could sense the music more vibrantly. Discography includes Jefferson Friedman’s Quartets, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 and the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók, released in 2016. Hyeyung is the co-founder of Open Space Music, a music event series whose mission is to create multicultural spaces in music where the boundaries between artists and audience fade away and is the founder of Asian Musical Voices of America (AMVA), a platform to create community among Asians working and creating in classical music in the U.S. and to uplift BIPOC experiences within the field. She traveled to Korea in Spring 2019 to research folk performance practices and performed and taught in Tunisia in March 2019 and February 2020 as part of Tunisia88, an organization that has created student-led music clubs in every high school in the country. Hyeyung recently gave a world premiere of Anjna Swaminathan’s Anandham: A Homecoming, a piece commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy, at Roulette Intermedium in November 2020. She was the Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University (2008-2014) and a Hixson-Lied Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2005-2018). She is a graduate of The Juilliard School [B.M. and Artist Diploma) where she studied with Sally Thomas and coached with the members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
Website: Hyeyung Sol Yoon