Soo Yeon





January 30, 3pm EST (US), 8pm GMT (UK)

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Gershwin/arr. Earl Wild

Etude No. 4: "Embraceable You"

Etude No. 6: "I Got Rhythm"


Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op. 108


Polonaise Brillante, Op. 21

About the artists

Soo Yeon Kim

Praised for her “musical maturity and masterful technique,” (​Leipziger Volkszeitung​) Korean-born violinist ​Soo Yeon Kim ​is a multi-faceted artist, regularly appearing in recital in major concert halls and giving masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Kim has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, MI, Barnes Hall at Cornell University, Yamaha Hall at Ginza in Japan, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hall in Germany, as well as in France, the Netherlands and South Korea. Garnering both national and international recognition, she has appeared as a soloist and concertmaster working with such renowned conductors as David Zinman, Neil Varon, Gum Nanse, and Adam Glaser at Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, City College of New York Orchestra, the High Mountain Symphony Orchestra, the Houghton Symphony Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Korean Sinfonietta and Busan Philharmonic. She has also been featured as a young artist and fellow in major music festivals both in the U.S. and in Europe including the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, Aspen Music Festival-Conducting Academy, Kronberg Academy Festival and Leipzig Internationale Sommer-Musikakademie in Germany, and Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands.

Dr. Kim is an avid chamber musician as well, having collaborated with the leading composers of her generation and eminent artists, namely the late Peter Serkin, Joseph Kalichstein, Timothy Eddy, and the members of ​American String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet and Juilliard Quartet. She has ​worked closely with the New Juilliard Ensemble at Lincoln Center’s ​Focus!​ Festival, premiering works by world-renown living composers including Andrew Ford and Aleksander Lasoń, which were live-streamed on New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Her 2016 premiere and recording of the American composer Samuel Adler’s ​A Euphonious Quartet​ is now available on major digital platforms, including Spotify and iTunes.

As a passionate educator, she has served as a teaching artist in the NYC area and enjoys a private teaching experience of over a decade. Currently, she is a current Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, as well as the Director of String Chamber Ensemble at Houghton College. Previously, she has served on violin faculty and instructor positions at Carnegie’s Weill Institute, Thurnauer School of Music of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Luzerne Music Center, InterHarmony Music Festival and School in Italy and University of Rochester.

Dr. Kim is a graduate of Juilliard with her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Stephen Clapp and Sylvia Rosenberg and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music.



Kayoung An

"Along with elegance, she has fire."

- Music Today

“Passionate”, “expressive”, “bold” and “sensitive:” This is how critics glowingly described pianist Kayoung An’s performance with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie at the Seoul Arts Center. It “penetrated deep into the heart, evoking an image of an artist painting on a canvas with a brush” (Music Review, August 2017).

​Kayoung An has also appeared as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonians, the Amadeo Philharmonic Society, and Contemporary Repertoire Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on Cogeco TV, KBS Classic FM (Musical Common Ground) and KBS-TV (Music Anchor Desk). She has also been interviewed by Lusiter, Music Today, Music Journal, and the East Hampton Star. She has worked with prominent conductors Gábor Hontvári, Lawrence Golan, and others.

Winner of the First Prize at the New York International Artists Association Piano Competition and the Silver Award winner at the Paris International Competition, Kayoung An made her debut in Weill Carnegie Recital Hall in 2013. She has also been a top prize-winner at the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition, Kiwanis Music Competition, Korea All-States National, Darius Milhaud Performance Prize, Duxbury Chamber Competition, CIM Concerto Competition, Kumho Young Artist, and uJung Rising Star Auditions. She also has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Babayan International Academy, Norfolk (Conn.) Chamber Music Festival, and the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

​Dr. An has been awarded piano performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.Mus.), the New England Conservatory (M.Mus.), and the Colburn School (Artist Diploma). She was awarded the coveted Doctor of Musical Arts by the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied with Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, Ory Shihor, Alexander Korsantia, Solomon Mikowsky and Marc Silverman and was invited to play in a master class led by Yuja Wang in 2017.

She has been serving as a music director at the EnoB Foundation since 2016, and the EnoB Education Program since its foundation in 2018.  She recruits professional musicians who believe in the healing power of music by sharing their talent at local hospitals, hospices, and elderly homes. She also has organized and performed in successful concerts in Boston, Los Angeles, and New Orleans to benefit the Bridge of Mission International’s relief efforts in Haiti and Uganda.

A thoughtful and inspiring educator for many years, Dr. An has taught at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and the Manhattan School of Music and currently is on the music faculty at New Jersey City University.

Future engagements include recordings of the complete piano music/chamber music of Swiss-born American composer and six-time Clio Award winner Bernard Hoffer with Maestro David Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor of the Greenwich (Conn.) Symphony, the Bergen (N.J.) Philharmonic, and the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York.


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