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Irene Kim | Piano
Pianist Irene Kim’s performances have been heard across North America, New Zealand, and Europe in recitals and with the Washington Youth Orchestra, Los Angeles Korean Chamber Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, Southwestern Youth Music Festival Orchestra, and the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra.
Having garnered top prizes at the Liszt International Young Artist, Carmel Music Society, Korean Concert Society, Yale Gordon, and Russell C. Wonderlic competitions amongst others, she debuted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and gave subsequent performances at venues such as the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Centro Cultural del Antiguo Instituto, Luckman Theatre, and the Library of Congress. Irene has also made appearances at the Banff Centre for the Arts Festival, Gijón International Piano Festival, Piano Festival Northwest, Columbia Chalice Concert Series, An die Musik LIVE, American Liszt Society Conferences, and the Young Artists Guild.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Irene began musical studies at age three with her mother, soprano Shil Kim. By age five, she was accepted into the studio of Ick-Choo and Hae-Young Moon, where her formative training was established. Irene continued her education at the Peabody Conservatory where she recently received her doctorate under the mentorship of Boris Slutsky and was awarded the Albert and Rosa Silverman Memorial Scholarship and the Lillian Gutman Memorial Piano Prize.
Benjamin Hoffman | Violin
Violinist Benjamin Hoffman has been heard across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and the North America, where he has given countless performances as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. He has performed alongside artists such as Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Peter Frankl, Wolfram Christ, Jorja Fleezanis, and Gary Hoffman among others, in various chamber music formations at festivals such as Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, and Music Academy of the West. In his Carnegie Hall debut, he performed Aaron Jay Kernis’s “Mozart en Route” and Hindemith’s “Kammermusik Nr. 1.” Recently, he had the honor of performing before UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon as a member of Sejong Soloists at the United Nations in New York.
Mr. Hoffman has served as concertmaster from an early age, performing both symphonic repertoire as well as chamber orchestra repertoire without conductor. Last year he led the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of John Adams at Avery Fisher Hall in New York to critical acclaim, and he has also appeared as guest concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Sichuan Orchestra of Chengdu, and Symphony Song in Seoul, Korea. In a recent performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, he was praised for his “virtuosity and deep feeling…impeccable intonation [and] a stirring, inspired performance.” Other appearances as a soloist have included numerous concertos as well as works ranging from solo Bach to Brahms’s Double Concerto to contemporary premieres in venues such as the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, China.