SEASON SOLOISTS

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SOOAH JEON

Sooah Jeon has already distinguished herself as one of the most promising young flutists of her generation. She quickly demonstrated enormous talent since beginning her flute studies at the young age of seven. 
Six months after she started learning the flute she won several national and  international competitions. At the age of nine, Sooah was officially 
announced as the world's youngest flutist to receive a Performance Diploma  with distinction award from the Associate of the Royal Schools of Music in  the United Kingdom. Subsequently Sooah was awarded first prize in various  music competitions in the United States, including the American Protege,  international Grande Music Competition and the New York International  Music Competition. In 2019 she won the first prize in the New York Flute 
Club Young Musicians Contest, the South Carolina Flute Society Competition, the 92nd Street Y Concerto Competition in New York and the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, where she was the youngest grand prize winner. 
As a soloist, Sooah has performed at New York's leading concert halls, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Buttenwiser Hall 
at the 92nd Street Y and Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center,  as well as Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stem Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. 
Since her solo debut with the New Jersey Camerata Orchestra at Merkin Hall  at the age of eleven, she has performed as a soloist with numerous  orchestras, including the Concert Festival Orchestra, New York Chamber  Players Orchestra and the 92Y Orchestra. Sooah has also appeared in  various international concert halls. She performed at the Royal Albert Hall in  London and the Cite de la Musique Amphitheatre in Paris as the first prize  and exceptional young talent special prize winner of the 2019 Grand prize  Virtuoso International Music Competition

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AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA

Top Prize Winner of the 2018 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition Wagner Division, Soprano AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA made her much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera Debut in October 2014 as “First Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte - a role she has performed at the Met sixteen times. In previous seasons at the Met, she has also covered the roles of "Donna Anna" in Don Giovanni, "Anna" in Nabucco, “Clotilde” in Norma, “Aksinya” in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and “Queen of the Night” (also in Die Zauberflöte). Other recent operatic appearances have included “Maria” in Pacini’s Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra and “Marchesa” in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno with Odyssey Opera of Boston, “Tosca” with Maryland Opera, “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas, The Savannah Voice Festival, and Venture Opera, “Fiordiligi” in Cosi fan tutte with Annapolis Opera, “Leonore” in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Grand Harmonie, “Freia” (cvr) in Wagner's "Das Rheingold" with the New York Philharmonic, and “First Lady” in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Symphony. As a concert artist she has made five appearances at Carnegie Hall in addition to multiple appearances in Lincoln Center at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the David H. Koch Theater. She made her Mexican solo concert debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua and European Operatic debut in Händel’s Oreste at the Spoleto Festival, Italy. Her 2021-22 season includes concerts with the Adelphi Orchestra (NY & NJ) and Knoxville Opera (TN) and two role debuts: “Elettra” in Mozart’s Idomeneo with the Cyprus Symphony in Cyprus, and the title role of Turandot with Opera Grand Rapids (MI). Ms. Shoremount-Obra is a native of New Jersey and holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM) and The Juilliard School (AD). www.amyshoremount-obra.com

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THEODORE CHLETSOS

 Tenor Theodore Chletsos has garnered praise in the U.S. and abroad for his powerful voice and dynamic stage presence. Career highlights include performing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, il duca in Rigoletto, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Alfredo in La traviata, Luigi in il tabarro, Anatol in Vanessa, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Tom Norman in the North American premiere of Joseph Merrick, dit <<Elephant Man>>. 

Theodore has performed to much acclaim throughout the Netherlands and Belgium, performing in tours of Madama Butterfly, La bohème, and Rigoletto, where he was universally praised for his "ringing high notes" and dramatic talents. Theodore made his Carnegie Hall and New York City Opera debut in Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, conducted by George Manahan. Chletsos has performed with Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Central City Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Opera, Opera New Jersey, Baltimore Concert Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Symphony, among others, and performed in the world premiere (and can be heard on the original cast recording, singing nine roles!) of Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath with Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. 

Theodore's concert repertory spans four centuries, including Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Beethoven's Symphony #9 and Missa Solemnis, Handel's Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, many of Mozart's works, including: Requiem, Vesperae, Great Mass in C Minor, and Coronation Mass; works of Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and B Minor Mass, Dvorak's Mass in D, works by Menotti, Bernstein, and Saygun, among many others. Upcoming concerts include Mozart's Requiem at the Basilica in Newark, NJ and Beethoven's Mass in C with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

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LELAND KO

Leland Philip Ko (b. 1998) is a cellist of Chinese-Canadian descent from the Boston area.  He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across America’s east coast, such as Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre in Boston, as well as internationally in Sweden, Israel, and Spain, including Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada.  Leland’s most recent accolades include second prize at the inaugural Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition in 2020, and appearing as a finalist in the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Despite growing up a part of Boston’s strong youth orchestra culture, Leland has often sought out chamber music at various summer festivals over the years, having attended the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School and its Chamber Music Workshop, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.
Leland’s love for chamber music has also led him to be an Artist in Residence of New York Piano Society (NYPS), as well as a frequent performer on Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand’s concert series “Music on Park Ave” at Scandinavia House in NYC, and former Music Director of Opus 21, a student-run chamber music collective at Princeton.
Leland was a long-time student of Ronald Lowry and Paul Katz before attending Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in German Literature.  Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the teaching of Minhye Clara Kim and Timothy Eddy.  Since the end of 2020, Leland plays on the ex-Peled, ex-Greenhouse Thomas Dodd from 1790.
Leland was also a competitive long-distance runner for several years, but remains loyal to his original passion of tennis, both as a player and even more so as a fan.

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MING-FENG HSIN

Hailed by the Scotsman as “destined to be one of the giants of the next generation” after winning the first prize at the Glasgow International Violin Competition at age 15, Ming-Feng Hsin has enjoyed a unique and rich journey as a multifaceted musician.  He has lived through roles as a child prodigy, soloist, chamber musician, orchestra musician, and conductor. Having experienced a major setback from a career-ending accident at the cusp of a very promising solo career, he later triumphed over such upheaval which brought him the grounding to become a revered artist and an insightful mentor for the next generation.

 

Ming-Feng Hsin began his musical journey as a child-prodigy national hero in Taiwan.  At age 13, he was discovered by his mentor Lord Menuhin with whom he has performed throughout Great Britain, and in Washington D.C. where Ming also starred as soloist playing for President Ford and Queen Elizabeth during America's bicentennial celebrations. Later he soloed with orchestras such as the Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Orchestra to rave reviews.  After coming to the U.S. to study with Ivan Galamian, Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, he won top prizes in several competitions including the Montreal International Violin Competition but was soon sidelined by an injury that took years to heal. After realizing he could not live a life without music and being on stage, he decided to pursue conducting and graduated from the conducting class of Otto Werner Mueller at The Juilliard School. In the 1990’s Ming was the Music Director of the South Shore Symphony of Long Island, while also conducting orchestras throughout the US and Taiwan.  As his finger healed gradually, he often led these orchestras as soloist/conductor.

 

In 1994, despite not being a violinist for 10 years, Ming won his first violin position at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and began his 24-year tenure there.  Even with the rigorous schedule at the Met, Ming started to play more and more solo and chamber concerts, as well as still keeping up with conducting, such as full opera productions of Aida, The Flying Dutchman with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and Curtis Orchestra at Rockefeller Center.  He also guest conducted frequently the top orchestras in Taiwan and worked with many youth and college orchestras in the New York area as well as in Taiwan.  In 2018 Ming retired from the Met to spend more time with his children, and to devote his energies to more playing, conducting, and teaching.  He has recently been appointed a violin faculty member at the Mannes School of Music.


During the 2020-2021 season Ming gave a trio debut in the National Concert Hall in Taipei with his pianist sister Hsing-Chwen Hsin and Swiss based cellist Pi-Chin Chien prior to their trio tour in Germany.  While in Taiwan where the pandemic could not penetrate, he was invited to conduct and solo in a series of concerts with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as giving more than 40 masterclasses and workshops at top colleges and music schools.  Mr. Hsin is also a founding member of the jury for the biannual Sylvia Lee Violin Competition since its inauguration six years ago.