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Jasmine Lin

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Jasmine Lin began violin studies at age four. Since then she has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay, Evergreen Symphony of Taiwan, and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and in recital in Chicago, New York, Nova Scotia, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Taipei. She was a prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition and took second prize in the International Naumburg Competition. The New York Times describes her as an “unusually individualistic player” with “electrifying assertiveness” and “virtuosic abandon”.

As a chamber musician Ms. Lin has been a participant of the Marlboro Music Festival and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and has toured extensively in the United States as part of the Chicago String Quartet, in China as part of the Overseas Musicians, and in Taiwan as a member of Taiwan Connection Music Festival. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and DePaul University and was a faculty member of the Taos School of Music in New Mexico.

Ms. Lin is a founding and current member of the Formosa Quartet, which won first prize in the 10th London International String Quartet Competition. The Formosa Quartet’s recording of works by Mozart, Debussy, Wolf and Schubert on the EMI Debut Series has won critical acclaim from Gramophone and The Strad magazines, and the quartet performs in major venues around the world including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Library of Congress, Caramoor Festival, Cornell University, Maui Classical Music Festival, Taipei’s Novel Hall, BBC In Tune, and Wigmore Hall.

Ms. Lin is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She gave her New York debut in Merkin Hall, where the program included her poetry set to music. Her poem “The night of h’s” received Editor’s Choice Award from the International Poetry Foundation, and her poetry/music presentations have been featured in Chicago, at Cornell University in Ithaca, and on radio in Taipei, and have resulted in collaborations with composers Dana Wilson, David Loeb, and Thomas Oboe Lee.

In the 1999-2000 season Ms. Lin was Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her activities with the Formosa Quartet, she is a member of Trio Voce with cellist Marina Hoover and pianist Patricia Tao; the Trio recently released its first CD of works by Shostakovich and Weinberg, Inscapes, on the Con Brio label. Ms. Lin is also a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, whose Composer Perspectives series won the ASCAP award for adventuresome programming. She received a Grammy nomination as part of CCM’s Grammy-nominated CD of works for winds and strings by Mozart. She is on the faculty at Roosevelt University and a proud native of Chicago.

Wayne Lee

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Violinist Wayne Lee’s performance career reflects the full breadth and diversity of his musical interests. Foremost an active chamber musician, Mr. Lee has been since 2008 a member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, with whom he has performed prolifically throughout the United States and Europe. The Trio has been acclaimed as “outstanding” by the Washington Post and lauded as “a grand departure from the usual” by the News Herald. They recently added to their discography with the release of their third album, a disc of Schumann and Chopin trios, for the Marquis Classics label.

Mr. Lee has also since 2012 been a member of the Formosa Quartet, a Taiwanese-American ensemble that has garnered acclaim worldwide since winning the London International String Quartet Competition. Formosa performs extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, in addition to serving as ensemble-in-residence for The Art of Élan and as faculty string quartet-in-residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. The quartet members are also founders and teaching artists at the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Hualien, Taiwan.

In addition to performances with his two chamber groups, Mr. Lee also regularly appears before audiences as a soloist and recitalist. Mr. Lee’s recent commitments include concerts and recordings with the chamber ensemble The Knights, festival performances including at Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France and the Olympic Music Festival in Washington State, and concerto performances with the Minnesota Sinfonia.

As a recitalist, he has given performances of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas and of a cycle of commissioned works inspired by Bach’s B minor Partita. Most recently, Mr. Lee presented the entire cycle of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin in a series of recitals in New York City. As part of his interest in historical performance practice, he has explored the sonatas of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Bach on early instruments with fortepianist Mike Lee, a collaboration that has brought the duo as performance and teaching artists to institutions such as Cornell University and Indiana University.

A dedicated teacher and arts advocate, Mr. Lee maintains a large private teaching studio in the greater New York City area, has given master classes throughout the United States, and served as teaching assistant at the Juilliard School. Mr. Lee is also co-founder and co-artistic director of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival in the Bay Area, an annual week of chamber music concerts and community events.

Mr. Lee holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ronald Copes and Glenn Dicterow. Originally from San Francisco, Mr. Lee now makes his home in New York City. He plays on a 2001 Joseph Curtin violin.

Che-Yen Chen

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Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as an active performer and educator. He is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, recipient of the First-Prize and the Amadeus Prize winner of the 10th London International String Quartet Competition. Since winning the First-Prize in the 2003 William Primrose International Viola Competition and the “President Prize” of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Chen has been described by the Dallas Morning News as a musician who “played with silken finesse, and with elegant singers’ feelings for timing, shape, color and articulation” and by San Diego Union Tribune as an artist whose “most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music.”

Having served as principal violist of San Diego Symphony and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, he has appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

A former member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two, and participant of the Marlboro Festival and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, he is also a member of Camera Lucida and The Myriad Trio. Performing in chamber music festivals across North America and Asia, Chen appears frequently at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music International, La Jolla Summerfest, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, and National Youth Orchestra of Canada where the Formosa Quartet serves as faculty quartet-in-residence.

Currently teaching at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Chen has previously served on the faculties of Indiana University South Bend, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University Fullerton, and McGill University. He has given master-classes across North America and Asia, including schools such as Taipei National University of the Arts, New England Conservatory, Rice University, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and The Juilliard School. As a laureate, Chen was invited to serve on the jury of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition.

A native of Taipei, Chen is a four-time winner of the National Viola Competition in Taiwan. He came to the U.S. in his teens to matriculate at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, studying with such luminaries as Michael Tree, Joseph de Pasquale, Karen Tuttle and Paul Neubauer.

Deborah Pae

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Admired for her “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship” (San Diego Union Tribune), Korean-American cellist DEBORAH PAE is captivating audiences with her “superb tone” and “high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury Blog). With “sophisticated technique” (San Diego Story) and uncompromising curiosity in the pursuit of profound expression, Pae’s diverse career as a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arts advocate has earned her international recognition.

Pae’s 2017-2018 season highlights include concerto performances of “Rhapsodies for Cello and Strings” by Jeffrey Mumford and Haydn’s Concerto in C as well as chamber music and solo recital tours in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Brussels, France, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Committed to education and mentorship, Pae’s academic appearances include performances and masterclasses at Bowling Green State University, Washington College, Longwood University, and Eastern Michigan University where she serves as Professor of Cello.

Hailed as “exceptionally gifted” (Gramophone Magazine), Pae is an accomplished international soloist. She has appeared with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and presented recitals at notable venues including the Musée du Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series.  Committed to performing new and forgotten works, Pae released her debut recording in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires featuring Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with conductor Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique. As the cellist of Trio Modetre, their highly anticipated debut recording Tribute to Frank Bridge: Masterpieces Among Peers celebrates the 75th anniversary of Bridge’s death and breathes life back into his overlooked but striking second piano trio. As a collaborator on many projects, Pae has given world premieres of pieces by Jonathan Crehan, Roberto Kalb, Lei Liang and has joined forces with esteemed composer Jeffrey Mumford on a commission of a new cello concerto.  Outhere Music Label has partnered with Musiq3 Radio and will release Ms. Pae’s latest live recital recording on Series Prestige on their new series Digitale in early 2018.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Pae is the cellist of the critically acclaimed Formosa Quartet (winners of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the 2006 International London Quartet Competition) and founding member of Trio Modetre (winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and Silver Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition). She has been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Crans-Montana Classics, Festival Les Musicales de Colmar, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale.  Pae has shared the stage with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Johannes, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets.

Pae has previously served as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Académie et École Anglicorde in France, the Perlman Music Program, Visiting Guest Artist at Columbia University’s Music Performance Program, and Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She has also served as artistic manager of Music for Food Boston benefit concert series, and founder and curator of the WLP Lunchtime Series, which continues to bring high quality chamber music performances to underserved communities in Boston. She currently serves on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Formosa Chamber Music Festival.

A former artist-in-residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Ms. Pae has received major awards from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Belgian American Educational Foundation, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.  Pae is a graduate of the The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Her mentors include Gary Hoffman, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser, Itzhak Perlman, and Kim Kashkashian.

Ms. Pae plays a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) generously on loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation.

Past Visiting Artists

  • Jesse Mills, Violin
  • Jasmine Lin, Violin
  • Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
  • Clancy Newman, Cello
  • Ariana Kim, Violin
  • Che-Yen Chen, Viola
  • Andra Lunde Padrichelli, Cello
  • Laura Albers, Violin
  • Gareth Zehngut, Viola
  • Ani Aznavoorian, Cello