Six Questions: Jungah Yoon, Flute

South Korean flutist, JUNGAH YOON, began playing flute at age 10. In 2006, she was selected as Kumho Prodigy and gave her debut recital in Kumho Arts Hall. She has received numerous awards including the Espoir Prize at the Osaka Twenty-year-old Canadian International Music Competition, the first prize at the Herald Music Competition, and the Sungjung Music Competition.She has performed in masterclasses for distinguished pedagogues such as Julien Beaudiment, Mathieu Dufour, Carol Wincenc and Silvia Careddu. Yoon received her bachelor’s degree from Korea National University of Arts and is currently pursuing her MM at the Yale School of Music studying with Ransom Wilson.

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Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Lucy Wang, Violin

Violinist LUCY WANG is a member of the Viano String Quartet, a major prize winning ensemble at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa in May 2017. Wang was featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in past seasons and has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition, the Shean Competition, and the OSM Manulife Competition.  MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Clare Monfredo, Cello

CLARE MONFREDO is a New York City-based cellist committed to chamber music and collaboration across the arts. She has performed extensively abroad, most recently as a guest with Ensemble Intercontemporain. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Clare was the recipient of the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award and worked closely with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax. In 2016-17 she studied in Leipzig, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. Monfredo received her MM from Rice University and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Artist Award. MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Rachyl Duffy, Viola

Violist RACHYL DUFFY (Norfolk ’17) burst onto the classical music scene on both coasts in 2015 when she won both the prestigious Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition and the Hugo Kauder International Competition for Viola. She then went on to join the San Diego Symphony while completing  her MM degree at the Colburn Conservatory with Paul Coletti.  She now lives out her dreams of making a difference teaching at the Brooklyn Music School, and is jumping into the New York chamber music scene. MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Elliot Lichtenberg, Oboe

ELLIOT LICHTENBERG is entering his second year as a master’s student in oboe at the Yale School of Music, studying with Stephen Taylor. He recently earned his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Richard Killmer. Lichtenberg has performed with the New World Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and over recent summers has participated in music festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra and Round Top Festival Institute. In his free time, Elliot enjoys folding origami, playing with his dog Mozie, arranging music, climbing, and wandering through the forest. MORE

Published July 20, 2018
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Six Questions: Natalia Edwards, Horn

NATALIA EDWARDS, horn with the Maverick Brass Quintet, first began her instrument at age 13 and is currently in her third year studying with Saul Lewis. In 2016, she received a scholarship to pursue a BM at the University of Melbourne and has since been awarded a number of scholarships and prizes, most recently the Eric and Linda Jullyan Memorial Scholarship. In December of 2016, Edwards was invited to play in Stuart Greenbaum’s 50th Birthday concert and was also selected to travel to Korea, in December 2017, for joint performances with students from the Music College at the University of Ulsan in  South Korea.
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Published July 18, 2018
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Six Questions: Cherry Choi Tung Yeung, Violin

CHERRY CHOI TUNG YEUNG, violin, was born in Hong Kong and studies with Ida Kavafian at The Juilliard School. Yeung has been admitted to the highly selective accelerated program, where she will finish both the bachelor’s and master’s program in four years. Yeung is a laureate of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, The Juilliard Violin Competition, New York Philharmonic Global Academy, Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, Hong Kong Youth String Competition, and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Concerto Competition. Apart from music, she enjoys swimming and exploring New York City.
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Published July 18, 2018
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Six Questions: Luke Baker, Horn

Horn player LUKE BAKER, from Houston, TX, recently received his MM degree from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of William Purvis. His previous teachers include Greg Hustis, Haley Hoops, Gavin Reed and Holley Linder. He performs regularly with the Allentown Symphony and has served as guest principal with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. While Baker enjoys orchestral performance, he also has a passion for solo performance, and won the university division 2017 International Horn Competition of America and the 2014  Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition. When Baker is not playing the horn, he enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and social dancing. | Clement Clarke Moore Scholarship | lukebakerhorn.com
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Published July 18, 2018
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Weigang Li and the Shanghai Quartet
Returning to Norfolk After 32 Years

Violinist Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet talks about returning to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for the first time since attending as a Fellow. 

The first time the Shanghai Quartet (Norfolk ’86, ’92) came to Norfolk, they were Fellows visiting the U.S. for the first time and barely spoke any English. “The Tokyo String Quartet had organized a late Beethoven Quartet seminar,” recalls founding violinist Weigang Li. “To this day I still remember the things we rehearsed and learned that summer.”

“I remember hanging out every night with the Tokyo players and Jesse Levine,” he says. “We learned English and how musicians lived their lives. It had a profound influence on us.” MORE

Published July 18, 2018
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