Violinist Robyn Bollinger made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve. Since then she has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival. Robyn has recently come to national attention through her residency on Fred Child’s Performance Today, and she has appeared multiple times on NPR’s From the Top.
Robyn has received top prizes at the many international competitions, most recently among them the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. She was also recognized for her creativity in musicianship with a prestigious Entrepreneurial Grant from New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking Project Paganini, a solo performance project featuring all twenty-four Paganini Caprices in combination with a multi-media historical presentation. A dedicated chamber musician, Robyn has participated in many of the nation’s top chamber music festivals and enjoys many collaborations. She is also a member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry.
Born in Philadelphia in 1991, Robyn’s former teachers include Soovin Kim, Miriam Fried, and Paul Kantor. She holds a BM from New England Conservatory and expects to complete her MM in May 2015.
Violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. After winning first prize at the Niccolò Paganini International Competition, Soovin’s artistry was affirmed by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. Today he enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concerti without conductor, big Romantic concerti, sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, and Ives, string quartets, and new world-premiere works almost every season.
Soovin has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. He has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic. As well as performing as a soloist, Soovin devotes much of his time to playing chamber music, primarily as 1st violinist of the Johannes String Quartet, as founder of the MIK (“Made in Korea”) piano quartet, and at Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival.
Soovin is a very active recording artist. He has commercially released 4 solo albums, most notably Paganini's demanding 24 Caprices for solo violin that was named Classic FM magazine’s Instrumental Disc of the Month (“he emerges thrillingly triumphant…a thrilling debut disc.”), and 7 chamber music albums. Later in 2015 he will release a 2-disc set of Bach’s monumental 6 unaccompanied sonatas and partitas.
Soovin is also in great demand as a teacher. He has previously taught at Yale University, Stony Brook University, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and now lives in Boston where he recently joined the prestigious string instrument faculty at the New England Conservatory. His students already tour the world as soloists and in award-winning string quartets, and play in the world’s major symphony orchestras.
Soovin grew up in Plattsburgh, NY. He spent 5 years playing in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and performed as a teenager throughout the area with organizations such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and at UVM Recital Hall.
Violist Wenhong Luo began her studies as a violinist at the age of 4, and in 2006 won 1st place in the Central Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, making her debut two years later made with the China Broadcast Orchestra. Her performances have garnered critical acclaim from major classical music publications, such as China Music and The Strad, which in 2008 coined her, “Violist of the Future.” In 2010 Wenhong won the Theodore Holland Viola Prize, and in 2012 was awarded 3rd place in the Johannes Brahms International Competition. More recently she was awarded a prize as a semi-finalist in the 11th Lionel Tertis Viola Competition.
A native of Beijing, China, Wenhong holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from London’s Royal Academy of Music, and is currently a graduate student at the New England Conservatory, where she studies with Kim Kashkashian.
Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “exceptionally gifted” and “breathtaking," cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences with her “elegance, poise, and beauty” (Transcentury Blog). Since her orchestral debut at age sixteen with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Deborah has performed concerti with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, the Westchester Philharmonic, and Livingston Symphony Orchestra with conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Thomas Wilkins, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, and Itzhak Perlman.
A devoted chamber musician, Deborah has collaborated with many of the world’s celebrated artists including Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Roel Dieltiens, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Johannes, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets. Her piano trio, Trio Modêtre, won the silver medal at the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Born in the United States to Korean parents, Deborah holds a Bachelors degree from the Juilliard School and Masters from the New England Conservatory where she was mentored by cellists Joel Krosnick and Laurence Lesser, violist Kim Kashkashian, and violinists Miriam Fried and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Chapelle in Belgium where she is working with Gary Hoffman. Deborah plays a J.B. Vuillaume cello (ca. 1860) generously on loan to her from the Ravinia Festival.
Peter Stumpf began his professional career at the age of sixteen, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently served as associate principal cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra and principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Peter has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra; and at the Aspen Music Festival and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. A dedicated chamber musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet, and has performed at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals. He has given solo recitals for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Chamber Music in Historic Sites in Los Angeles; and at the Philips and Corcoran galleries in Washington, D.C. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition. Mr. Stumpf studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. He serves on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Described by the Grand Rapids Press as “a lyrical musician who plays with authenticity that transcends mere technique,” Joseph Conyers has performed as soloist with the Alabama Symphony, the Flagstaff Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Sphinx Symphony. Joseph has performed throughout the United States and Europe at numerous music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland, the Brevard Music Center, and the Britten-Pears Music Festival in England.
Joseph is committed to education and community engagement through music. He founded the Savannah, Ga.-based Project 440, which has reached thousands of youths, exposing children and adults to classical music. Acknowledging how the classical music industry must continually evolve with our ever-changing world, Project 440 educates musicians from around the country how to become active, relevant, and integral pillars within their communities.
Joseph received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He was the inaugural recipient of the Sanford Allen Award from the Sphinx Competition, and in February of 2010, he was the first Sphinx Competition laureate to serve on the distinguished jury panel for the Competition. Joseph performs on the “Zimmerman/Gladstone” 1802 Vincenzo Panormo double bass, which he has affectionately named “Norma.”