Eun Joo Ko
Eun Joo Ko is highly recognized for her prize-winning performance at numerous competitions. Some of these renowned competitions include the Flute & Flutist Journal Ensemble Competition, The Music Association of Korea International Students Competition, Kyung Hee University Music Competition, The Kukmin Daily & Hansei University Music Competition, Music Chunchu journal Competition, Sungshin Womens University Competition, Korea Flute Association Competition, and The Student Music Association of Korea Competition. Eun Joo’s most recent award-winning performance was for the Eisenberg Fried Concerto Competition held at Manhattan School of Music. Eun Joo has performed as the principal flutist with many reputable orchestras in Korea such as Seoul Arts High School Orchestra, Seoul National University Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra. She also has been a featured soloist with Sunhwa Art School Orchestra. She was invited to Prefailles Music Festival in France, Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, and University Orchestra Festival in Seoul Korea. Eun Joo Ko, born in South Korea is a graduate of Seoul National University under the tutelage of Hyeri Yoon. She came to America in 2016 to study under Michael Parloff at the Manhattan School of Music for her Master of Music degree as a recipient of the President Award.
Just completing his eighth year at the Juilliard School pre-college where he studied with Clara Kim, Derek Louie has just commenced his college career at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. Derek has given numerous performances including appearances on NPR’s From The Top and The Rising Stars Concert Series at the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea and the National YoungArts Week Finals at the New World Concert Center in Miami. He has won numerous awards including 2017 Enkor International String Competition; grand prize in the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition; was a semi-finalist for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; the 2016 Orford Music Award; 2016 National YoungArts Competition; amongst many others. Derek has participated in several festivals such as the Great Mountains International Music Festival in South Korea and the MusicAlp festival in France and the Heifetz International Music Institute. He has been a member of several chamber groups and has performed in Dvorak American Heritage Association at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. Derek has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alpensia Concert Hall in South Korea and Lincoln Center just to name a few. This past summer Derek attended the Verbier Festival Academy, Switzerland.
Having started the violin at the age of five, Coco Mi, 17, is currently in her fourth year at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Coco continues her studies with Elizabeth Faidley now in her fourth year at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program, the recipient of a merit scholarship. Coco is a Merit Winner of the YoungArts Foundation and has won grand/first prizes in numerous competitions such as the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s Inaugural Concerto Competition, the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition, The Sinfonietta Nova Concerto Competition, The MSM Concerto Competition, among others. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition. She has been able to perform in prestigious venues which include Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. She was selected to participate in music festivals such as the Summer String Academy at the Jacobs School of Music, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and Aaron Rosand’s Intensive Violin Program at the Summit Music Festival. Coco has performed in masterclasses with renowned violinists; such as Ray Chen, Jennifer Koh, Jan Sloman, Stefan Jackiw, Peter Winograd, Vadim Gluzman, Sarah Chang, to name a few. Coco is a senior at Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ and actively participates in community service with students of special needs and young music students.
Chelsea Xia, a student at Hunter College High School, has been playing the violin for six years, studying with Elizabeth Faidley. Chelsea has appeared as a soloist four times this past year. She has performed Vieuxtemps’ 5th Violin Concerto with the NYIMC Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Riverside Symphony, plus Vivaldi’s “Summer” Concerto with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. In May, she won the 2016-2017 MSM Symphony Concerto Competition, performing the Vieuxtemps Concerto with the Manhattan Precollege Symphony Orchestra. Chelsea has won many other competitions which include the American Protege International Competition, the Vivo International Music Competition, the Alexander and Buono International String Competition, and the East Coast International Music Competition, amongst others. She has appeared in masterclasses with Ray Chen, Charlie Siem, Sarah Chang, and Jennifer Koh. This summer, Chelsea attended the Meadowmount School of Music.