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Luke Pisani Bio:
Often described as a quirky and engaging performer, who is fully at home on stage both as a harpist, and as a storyteller and actor, Rosanna Moore, has made it her aim to combine theatre and music wherever possible. As a tenured member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rosanna can often be seen with ensembles such as Ensemble Signal, Slee Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Symphor!a, Binghamton Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic. In 2021, she appeared for the fifth year as principal harp with the Lake George Music Festival, NY. As an actress, she has worked as a narrator for orchestras and ensembles in addition to doing voice over work.
In addition to performing, Rosanna is the new Instructor of Harp/ Artist in Residence at the University of Oregon where she will teach students at the collegiate level as well as developing a community harp division. Rosanna is also the Harp Instructor at Opus Ithaca. She has been invited to present master classes for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble in Atlanta, GA and has appeared as the adjudicator for the American Harp Society’s Auditions and Evaluations. Formerly she was the Professor of Harp at Nazareth College and the Harp Instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. In these roles, she works to bring the harp to as many students as possible and teaches students of all ages and abilities. She served as President of the Rochester Chapter of the American Harp Society from 2019-2021 and she is the co-founder and host of the Soundweavers Podcast with Dr. Adam Paul Cordle and Dr. Blaire Koerner. Soundweavers is a chamber music podcast that explores the trials and tribulations of being a chamber musician and composer in the gig economy.
Rosanna recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with the Performer’s Certificate, an Arts Leadership Certificate, and a minor in theatre at the Eastman School of Music, supported by the Eileen Malone Scholarship. She previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music. Her wonderful mentors throughout the years have been Kathleen Bride and Eira Lynn Jones.
This coming season will see the release of her debut albums with Hats+Heels Duo (‘Womxn are…’), performances of the Ginastera and Debussy concerti, along with the US premiere of Kelly Marie-Murphy’s En el Escuro, es Todo Uno for ‘cello, harp and orchestra and the world premiere and tour of DJ Sparr’s ‘Extraordinary Motion’ concerto for electric harp and orchestra.
For more information, please see https://www.rosannaharp.com/
Luke Pisani (senior, Hilton HS) studies violin with Shannon Nance, Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Luke played with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra for six seasons and served as concertmaster, conducting apprentice, and twice won the HYSO concerto competition. Other accomplishments include: Second place prize at the Chicago Violin Competition, New York All-State Orchestra – Concertmaster, NYSTA Past-Presidents’ High School Instrumental Winner, Rochester Philharmonic League Ruth and Sidney Salzman Award for Strings, Rochester Philharmonic League Grand Prize Winner, David Hochstein Recital Competition Winner, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner, and Genesee Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition Winner. His string quartet, Saturday Quartet, won the 2021 Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Competition and were finalists in the national Coltman Chamber Music Competition.
Luke studies jazz piano with Dariusz Terefenko and plays in the Hilton High School Jazz Band and the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra. Luke’s other passions include – jazz piano, varsity basketball, and serving at church.
Violinist David Kim was named concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.
Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2021–22 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra at home in Philadelphia and also on tour; teaching/performance residencies and master classes at Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, the Manhattan School of Music, Bob Jones University, and the Prague Summer Nights Festival; continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the United States and online at the Kahn Academy; as well as recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras across the United States.
Each season Mr. Kim appears as a guest in concert with the famed modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at such venues as the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall. In September he returned to Nashville to perform at the Getty Music Worship Conference—Sing! 2021. Mr. Kim serves as distinguished artist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate.
Mr. Kim has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, ca. 1757, on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra, and a Francesco Gofriller, ca. 1735. Mr. Kim exclusively performs on and endorses Larsen Strings from Denmark. He resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife, Jane, and daughters, Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid golfer and outdoors man.
YooJin Jang, violin
Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition and First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition. These victories have resulted in a busy itinerary of international recital and concerto engagements and also the release of two new recordings for the dynamic young talent lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as being “a performer without fear or technical limitation.”
Recent and forthcoming concerto performances include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Columbus, Chautauqua, Dubuque, and Roswell. In recital, highlights include YooJin’s recent Carnegie Hall debut and concerts at Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago. A passionate chamber musician, YooJin has performed with Caramoor’s Rising Stars and toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Musicians From Marlboro.
Internationally, YooJin has performed with the KBS Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the Budapest Festival Orchestra led by Ivan Fischer, Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Spain’s Extremadura Orchestra; and recitals in Japan in Sendai, Nagoya and at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo.
In 2017, YooJin released two albums: live performances of the Mendelssohn and Stravinsky Violin Concertos with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Junichi Hirokami and a recital disc featuring music of Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Grieg, and Sibelius with pianist Kae Ozawa. Her first album, Korean Young Musicians, was released on the KBS (Korean Broadcast System) label, in cooperation with Aulos media & KBS Classic FM. She is also regularly heard on the radio, including a recent appearance on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase.
YooJin’s latest victories at CAG and Sendai follow a long line of international competition success. In 2013, she won Japan’s 4th International Munetsugu Violin Competition, which included the loan of the 1697 ‘Rainville’ Stradivari violin. She was also a top prize winner at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (including the Audience Prize and Best Performance of the New Zealand Commission Work), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.
YooJin is a co-founder of The Kallaci String Quartet, which made its international debut at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea and the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music. Recognized for her creative work in chamber music, she won the 2011 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, and in 2009 she was awarded the Schloss Weikersheim Scholarship as part of the London String Quartet Competition. YooJin has also participated in the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals, where she worked with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Dénes Várjon, and Peter Wiley.
YooJin holds a Bachelor of Music from The Korean National University of Arts, where she studied under Nam Yun Kim. She earned a Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and
Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory, as a student of Miriam Fried; and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at NEC.In the fall of 2020, Yoojin started her position as assistant professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music.
Mimi Hwang, Cellist
Award-winning cellist Mimi Hwang performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prize winner of the Evian International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Casals Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet held the position of Wardwell Fellows at the Yale School of Music and was Quartet-in-Residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, where Ms. Hwang was on the faculty of the Department of Music. She has recorded for Verdi Records. She has also performed with the Tokyo, Ying, Colorado and Ciompi Quartets as well as Raphael Hillyer, Laurence Lesser and Michael Tree. She was a member of the Peabody Trio, winners of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. As a soloist, Ms. Hwang has performed with the Beijing Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. A native of Los Angeles, she received the Master’s Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction at the New England Conservatory of Music. She was a founding member of the Cello Divas and Quartos and has appeared in the festivals of Aspen, Banff, Norfolk, Roycroft, Skaneateles, Yellow Barn and with the Craftsbury Chamber Players. Ms. Hwang is currently an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet. She is Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program, Artistic Director of If Music be the Food…, a chamber music series benefitting Rochester’s Foodlink and is Chair of the Board of Chamber Music America. In 2017 she was honored with a Philanthropy Award from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.