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Irene Kim | Piano
Pianist Irene Kim has performed across the globe in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia in recitals, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Her work with Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra as an Artistic Team member has led to collaborations with the greater Los Angeles community, performing at homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, Title I schools, children's hospitals, and retirement centers. With Kaleidoscope, she accomplished the rare feat of performing Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto without a conductor.
Known for her powerful and authoritative performances, Dr. Kim 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 has performed at venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Musco Center for the Arts, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Library of Congress.
Continuously piqued by the music and art of her contemporary surroundings, she has recently taken on projects with living composers, premiering works, and collaborating with visual artists and dancers. Irene’s other interests have led her to train as a conductor and also as a piano technician assistant at the Peabody Institute. She completed an internship with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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.