Teaching Languages : English, Korean

Young Uck Kim, one of the world's most acclaimed violinists, has enjoyed three decades of international celebrity and today continues to captivate audiences as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He was violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1998-2002. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 1961, where he studied with the legendary Ivan Galamian. Since his 1963 debut in a nationally televised performance with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kim has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the great violinists of our day. Kim has appeared in recital across the United States and as soloist with virtually every American orchestra, including those of Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Washington, D.C. He performs extensively throughout Europe, as well as in the Far East, where he has annual engagements in Hong Kong, Japan and his native Korea. He has collaborated with many great conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert von Karajan, Erich Leinsdorf, Kent Nagano, Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Welser-Most, among others.
In addition to recitals and orchestral tours, Kim's schedule regularly includes special projects to which he is deeply committed. He has collaborated with such artists as Peter Serkin, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Previn and Eschenbach on a wide variety of programming.

Teaching Languages : English, Korean

One of the most active violinists and violin professors in South Korea, Joseph Kim studied with legendary Oscar Shumsky both at the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard School of Music.

His extensive musical career includes serving as a concertmaster for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the age of 27, later concertmaster of New Orleans Symphony and Korea's KBS Symphony Orchestra. Also as a guest concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony, Japan's Sapporo Symphony and many other orchestras.

He made his solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony at Carnegie Hall and concertized widely covering the entire globe, appearing at most prestigious venues of the world with his Kumho String Quartet. 
Prof. Kim was awarded "Musicians of the Year" in 1995 by the Musician's Guild of Korea. He was also appointed as a Cultural Ambassador of Korea and received Presidential Award for his achievements in creating Kumho String Quartet and performing widely throughout the world. He also served as a member of jury at international competitions, including Tong Yong International Competition and Tchaikovsky International Competition. Most recently he was awarded performance achievement award given by Korean Management Association.

A devoted educator, Prof. Kim has held professorship from 1990 to 2010 at Han Yang University College of Music, where presently, he holds Professor Emeritus position. 
Currently, he is a music director of K.K. Chamber Ensemble, Nirvana Philharmonic and New Asia String Quartet.

Teaching Languages : English, German

Maria Kliegel is one of the leading cello virtuosos of our time. Her international career began when she won the "Grand Prix" of the Concours Rostropovich" in 1981 in Paris.

She is also one the best-selling cellists world wide, and her recordings are always welcome with enthusiasm. During one of the recording sessions of Schnittke's first concerto for violoncello and orchestra, the Russian composer came to acknowledge that as the standard recording of this work.
Her many recordings for Naxos include concertos and other cello works by Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Bruch, Donhanyi, Dvorak, Elgar, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Schumann, Taverner and Tchaikovsky.

She has also recorded a large volume of chamber music by Brahms, Chopin, Demus, Gubaidulina, Kodaly, Mendelssohn and Schubert. She will be recording Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, Haydn's cello concertos and Bach's solo cello suites.

Maria Kliegel appears regularly as a guest soloist with leading orchestras at major concert venues all over the world. She has an exceptionally wide repertoire in her command: from the great masterpieces of the past to outstanding compositions by contemporary composers. Her versatility and her interests to explore new repertoire has repeatedly stimulated contemporary composers to write music for her. For example, she initiated the work Hommage a Nelson by Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindermann, dedicated to Nelson Mandela. As a result of the composition's success Maria Kliegel was invited by the former South African President to give a private recital. 

Maria Kliegel also takes care of the next generation of cellists. She has been teaching master classes at the University of Music and Dance, Cologne in Germany since 1986.

She played the legendary violoncello "ex Gendron" made by Stradivarius in 1693. For more than 30 years, it was owned by Maurice Gendron and was eventually put at her disposal by the Stiftung fuer Kunst und Kultur in NRW (Foundation for the Arts and Culture in North Rhine Westphalia). 

In November 1998, she has been appointed member of the board of the Deutscher Musikrat. In 1999, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia by Minister-President Wolfgang Clement.

VIOLIN  Prof. Bok Hyun Kim
Teaching Languages : English, Korean

One of the highly acclaimed violinists in Korea, Professor Bok Hyun Kim went to USA in 1981 for further violin studies, completed with full scholarship the degrees of master and doctor of musical arts in University of Miami. While studying, she already had musical activities, having concertized as a principal of University of Miami Opera Orchesta, and a member of Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, or having taken part in the L'Aquila Music Festival in Italy. 

After having come back to Korea - her home country, she still had motivatedly concert activities - she had a recital annually and was invited to have a recital at the event of the 1st anniversary of Korea Post publishing which was held in Las Vegas, USA. 
She had performed with I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, World Symphony Orchestra, Nirvana Chamber Orchestra. She was also invited to perform at the Friday Concert of Kumho Art Hall and with Masan Philharmonic Orchestra at the Korea Philharmonic Orchestras Festival. 

Professor Bok Hyun Kim founded 'Daejin Trio' composed of professors of Daejin University. This trio had concerts like Iwon Culture Center Invitation Thursday Concert or Trio recital with various repertoire. Acclaimed as "Successful violinist who is delicate, analytical, persuasively reifying inner emotions of music", Violinist Bok Hyun Kim was invited as a Jury member to Korea-national leading competitions and was the Dean of Daejin University College of Arts. She is a Viiolin Professor at the Daejin University. 

VIOLIN Bon Joo Koo
Teaching Languages : English, Korean

Violinist Bon Joo Koo studied at Yewon Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High School and Seoul National University. Then she went to USA for further studies at Yale University(Master Degree and Artist Diploma). Since when she was a child, she was recognized her talent and won prizes at national and international competitions such as Yewon, Yookyoung, Ihwa Kyunghyang, Jung Ang, YeEum for Chamber Music, Shimonoseki in Japan. She distinguished herself, winning the 1st prize at the KBS Rookie Music Competition and having debut stage with KBS Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Bon Joo Koo had acclaimed by performing as a soloist with Korea National Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, I Solist Beneti Orchestra, Yurasian Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Orchestra and drew public attention, by having premiere performance of  Shostakovich Violin Concerto in Korea with Seoul Metropolitan Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Orchestra Festival hosted by Seoul Arts Center in 1995.

She had been invited to perform as a soloist by many European orchestras, such as Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Virtuosi, Praha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Praha Radio Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestra de Chambre Regional d'ile de France, Savarian Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, Micheli Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, Orchestra Sinfonica de la Region de Murcia in Spain. 
Especially, she was invited by "Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien" to have concert tour with Vienna Symphony Chamber Orchestra to three Austrian cities including Musikverein Vienna. She was also invited by Romanian National Philharmonic Orchestra to have orchestral performance and recital in the halls like George Enescu Hall, Bucharest in Romania. In Bladivostok, she had invitational recital hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea and Kumho Culture Foundation.

She was acclaimed highly by local media, performing with world-renowned artists, such as with cellist Kirill Rodin Brams Double Concerto, with cellist Misha Maisky Beethoven Triple Concerto. Especially, Bon Joo Koo was invited to perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto with Praha Radio Broadcasting Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maxim Shostakovich at Shostakovich Birth 100th Anniversary Festival. As well, she had concertized widely including at New Year Invitational Concert at Sydney Opera House, Contemporary Music Festival Concert hosted by Tanglewood Music Festival, Chamber Music Concert at Seoul International Music Festival, Invitational Tour Concert at 9 cities in South Korea of the 10th Anniversary of Igun Music Society, Recital in HoAm Art Hall and LG Art Center, Kumho Art Hall Invitation Concert and many more. 

Currently, Bon Joo Koo is teaching at Yewon Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High School, Sunhwa Arts Middle and high Schools, Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, Korea National School of Arts. She studied with NamYoon Kim and Sidey Harth.

VIOLIN Jae Won Ryu
Teaching Languages : English, German, Korean

The concertmaster of Gwacheon City Symphony Orchestra, Violinist Jae Won Ryu studied at Peabody Institute of Music Preparatory School in USA, Seoul Arts High School and Seoul National University College of Music where he was graduated with highest distinction. He had also won at numerous competitions.

After then, he went to Germany and studied with Prof. Ida Bieler at Robert Schumann University of Music, Duesseldorf. His professor Ida Bieler said "Jae Won Ryu, his playing is very similiar with that of my mentor professor Oscar Shumsky. Ryu's playing Bach, Paganini and Ysaye has a very strong character, producing a fantastic atmosphere." 

Jae Won Ryu had 14 recitals in German cities like Kassel, Berlin, Hagen, Switzerland, Italy and other European countries. Having been highly praised, he had concert activities as a member in the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, while he was studying in Germany. After he came back to South Korea, he had an orchestral debut stage successfully by performing Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben. 

He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at SuhKyung University in Seoul. Currently he is teaching at Yewon Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High School, Deokwon Arts High School, Kyeonggi Arts High School, Kyunghee University, Hanyang University. He is also a member of Seoul Chamber Orchestra, the 1st violinist of KCO sextet and the Concertmaster of Gwacheon City Symphony Orchestra. 

VIOLIN Naria Kim
Teaching Languages : English, Korean

"She performs with sincerity and passion" - Philip Setzer, Emerson Quartet 
"Performance reflects the depth of interpretation, musicality....needed to distinguish oneself in the world of professional performance" - Barry Alexander & Cosmo Buono, ABI Foundation 

New York born violinist Naria Kim made her soloist debut performing with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as a winner of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Audition. She has also been invited to perform at numerous international festivals including the Elan International Music Festival, the Rising Star Series at the Great Mountains International Music Festival (KOR), the Gala Concert at the Canetti International Music Festival (Italy), L’Academie de Musique de Lausanne Duo Concert (Swiss), 2014 Summer New Artist Concert Series Recital’ of the Daejeon Cultural & Arts Center (KOR), Sorodha Foundation Recital (Antwerp, Belgium), the 30th season of the Rabi-Warner Concert Series recital at the NY Columbia University and the Chicago Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series Recital which was broadcasted live on WFMT 98.7 FM national wide. 

She has also been invited to give solo recitals and solo concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra, Soliall Philharmonic Orchestra, New Korea Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Seoul National Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Weill Hall, NY Symphony Space Hall, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall, Staller Recital Hall, Baroque Chamber Hall, Yale Morse Hall, KNUA Hall, Sejong Recital Hall, Sejong Chamber Hall, and the Kumho Art Hall. Ms. Kim is a prize winner of numerous national and international competitions including the Kumho Young Artist Audition, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Audition, the Osaka International Music Competition, the Eurasia International Violin Competition, 1 st prize at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition, 1 st prize at the CBS national competition, overall grand prize at the Korean artist association competition, 1 st prize at the Seoul philharmonic orchestra competition and second prize at the Korea Times Competition. 

Ms. Kim attended the Korea National University of Arts through the early entrance program for gifted students, completing her Bachelor Degree in only three years. She continued her study at the Yale School of Music, obtaining her Master Degree and Artist Diploma with full scholarship and stipend with Hyo Kang. She obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Stony Brook University where she studied with Philip Setzer with full scholarship, stipend and Teaching Assistantship where she has graduated in only two years. She has also studied with Igor Ozim, Miriam Fried, Zakhar Bron, Sholomo Mintz, Sergei Klavchenko, Victor Danchenko, Dirk Verelst, Pierre Amoyal and Aaron Rosan through master classes and music festivals. She studied chamber music with the Emerson and Tokyo String Quartet, performing in many venues including the Yale Ensemble Series, KNUA Ensemble Series, the Beethoven Quartet Project Concert with the Tokyo Quartet and chamber performances with Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet. She has also been a member of Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players where she has done premiere concerts performed at the New York Symphony Space Hall and Staller Recital Hall as the 1st violin. 

During her studies, she has served as undergraduate violin faculty at the Naugatuck Valley Community College and the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Currently, she is a faculty member of the Korea National University of Arts, Chung-Ang University, member of the ‘We Soloists’ Chamber group and the JK Ensemble. She has also served as Concertmaster of the New Korea Philharmonic Orchestra which she performed with as a soloist in multipule venues.

CELLO Jin Kyung Won
Teaching Languages : English, German, Korean

"A musician with rich tones and chrisma', cellist Jin Kyung Won graduated from Yewon Arts Middle School and Seoul Arts High School, then, went to Germany and accomplished her bachelor and master degrees with highest distinction at Essen Flokwang University of Arts, studying with professor Young Chang Cho. 

After then, she built a firm foundation as professional musician by acquiring the master and Konzertexamen degrees in the University of Music and Dance Cologne, studying with professor Maria Kliegel. 

Jin Kyung Won had won numerous prizes at national and international competitions in South Korea and Europe, including the 2nd prize(without 1st prize) at Llanes International Competition in Spain and the 1st prize at La Cellissima Cello Pro Concours in Germany.  
Jin Kyung Won had developed her musicality, participating in international music academies such as Kronberg Festival, Euro Music Festival, Forum Artium Festival, Atri Festival Italy, Music Alp France, Montpellier Festival, Salzburg Summer Academy Austria and others, where she had been recognized for her talent and had been always selected with honors to perform at final concerts. She had participated in many masterclasses held by world-renowned cello professors such as Jens Peter Maintz, Arto Noras, Peter Bruns, Johannes Moser, Frans Helmerson, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Gustav Rivinius, Christoph Richter, Alexander Huehlshoff, Tilmann Wick, Christoph Henkel, etc..

Jinkyung Won has concertized actively in South Korea and Europe. She had invited to perform at concerts in Atri Italy, Salzburg Austria, Praha Czech and diverse German cities like Halle, Wuppertal, Aachen, Cologne, Bonn, Kronberg, Essen, Duisberg and more. 
In Germany, in January and February in 2016, she performed Elgar Cello Concerto in Bonn.
In South Korea, she was invited to perform Dvorak Cello Concerto with Prime Philharmonic Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall by the annual performance of Primo Cantante in 2014 and received a huge acclaim by audiences. 
Jinkyung Won had her solo recital in Kumho Art Hall in December 2015 in big success.

Apart from her activities as solo artist, she is an active chamber musician as well as a cello teacher. 
As a cellist of Anima Trio with violinist Aleksey Semenenko (2nd prize winner at 2015 Queen Elizabeth International Competition) and pianist Meri Tschabaschwili (1st prize winner at 1997 Rachmaninoff International Competition), they had the Anima Trio Concert in Peregee Hall, Seoul in November 2016.
Jinkyung Won is teaching at Seoul Arts Middle School and Seoul Arts High School. 

CELLO Yun Cheong Boo
Teaching Languages : English, Korean

Cellist Yun Cheong Boo graduated at the top of her class from Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. She received her Master's Degree from Eastman School of Music with Anne Haydn Mcquay scholarship.
She also participated in the National Orchestral institute with a full scholarship, as well as attending various festivals like the Elan international Music Festival and Ishikawa Music Festival.

Having received awards at KBS Competition and Seoul Youth Chamber Music Competition, Yun Cheong Boo was recognized for her musical talent.

She has performed in the Korea-Japan exchange music concert with Kim Duck Soo - Samulnori and also collaborated with Korean orchestras such as Suwon Philharmonic, Jeju Philharmonic and Iksan Philharmonic.

She was a principal of Philharmonia Korea and a guest principal of Eurasian Philharmonic.

Performing with Hwa-eum Chamber Orchestra, The Space Ensemble and JK Chamber Ensemble, Ms. Boo played at the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra's 10th Celebration Concert with Mastro Myung Hun Chung.

She participated in Tongyeoung International Music Festival and received an award as the cello principal of Ensemble Be.
She was also invited to Seoul Arts Center's Chamber Music Festival and play at the Opening Concert.

Currently, Yun Cheong Boo teaches at Korea National University of Arts, Catholic University, Seoul Arts High School, Duckwon Arts High School, Kyewon Arts High School and Merri Celli(Music Director).