Artistic Director, Daniel Suk
IN MO YANG, Violinist
Korean violinist In Mo Yang, First Prize Winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been hailed by the Boston Globe for his “…seamless technique and a tender warmth of tone,” combined with “…an ability to project an engaging sense of inner sincerity through his playing.” In March 2015, he won the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” in Genoa, Italy, marking the first time since 2006 that the Paganini Competition jury has awarded the First Prize. He also garnered the following special prizes: Youngest finalist; Best performance of the contemporary original piece; and Performance most appreciated by the audience, confirming The Violin Channel’s praise of In Mo as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi.”
These impressive First Prize honors have resulted in numerous performance prizes for In Mo with prestigious orchestras and at renowned recital venues worldwide, including his recent Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Recital Hall, a concerto engagement with the Danish National Symphony conducted by Fabio Luisi, and a special recital in Genoa using Paganini’s own Guarneri Del Gesu violin, among many others.
Concerto highlights of his 2016-17 concert season include European engagements with Philharmonia Zurich and the Baden Baden Philharmionic (Germany), and in the US with the Fairfax Symphony, Gulf Coast (MS) Symphony and the DuPage (IL) Symphony. Back home in Boston, In Mo opens the season for The Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society (formerly the Boston Classical Orchestra) and he also makes his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Benjamin Zander,
Featured North American recitals in 2016-17 include New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Ravinia’s Gordon Hall series near Chicago, Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts and Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. In Europe, he performs at the Dresden Music Festival and the Yehudi Menuhin Gstaad Festival, following other recent international recitals throughout Italy, as well as in China and Korea. As a chamber musician, In Mo will play at Caramoor in fall 2016 as part of their Rising Stars series, and he tours again in spring 2017 with ‘Chamber Music from Ravinia’ and Artistic Director Miriam Fried.
In Mo has performed as concerto soloist with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Great Mountains International Music Festival, Japan-Korea Concert for Young Musicians, and Public Concert Academie de Music in Sion. Among his many earlier competition awards are Second Prize in the 2014 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, and top honors at the 2013 Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition and the 2012 Joachim International Violin Competition.
Born in Asia to a Korean family in 1995, In Mo Yang gave his debut recital at age 11 on the Ewon Prodigy Series in Seoul, followed by his concerto debut at age 15 with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts in February 2011 and was then admitted into the Korean National University of Arts as a prodigy in music. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at New England Conservatory, where he studies with Miriam Fried as a recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship.
In Mo plays on an Antonio Stradivari violin (composite c.1705/1718), courtesy of an anonymous donor, with a loan generously arranged by Reuning & Sons, Boston.
“From his first entrance onward, Yang was an arresting performer: now sweet, now excitable, now chaste, now florid, and always, everywhere, in command.”
-The Boston Globe
“In Mo Yang gave a thrilling performance…”
Alexandra Conunova, Violinist
Alexandra Conunova attracted public and critical acclaim when she won First Prize at the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover in the autumn 2012. She was praised by the jury for her vivid tone and her highly virtuoso dramatic art and Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that she "shows with what radiance of tone she is able to endow her music-making. Her interpretations of Bach’s baroque dances are sometimes austere and yet wonderfully cantabile, at other times truly dance-like or – as in the Bourrée – with a high degree of virtuosity".
Alexandra’s current season include concerts at the Collonge-Bellerive Festival, Festival International de Colmar, Festival de Pâques, La folle journée, Rencontres Muiscales d'Evian,Elba Isola Musicale d'Europa, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Schloss Elmau, Stars on Baikal and others. She will perform with Camerata Bern, the China Philharmonic orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra,the Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinski Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Orchestre National du Capitole, the Orchestra I pomeriggi musicali, the Rundfunk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists. Alexandra will do her U.S. concert debut in January 2017 and a Japan tour is planed in July with the National Philharmonic of Russia under the baton of Yuri Simonov
Alexandra has won major prizes at competitions such as the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the 2015 Singapore International Violin Competition, the 2011 George Enescu International Violin Competition as well as at Tibor Varga (2010), Ion Voicu (2009)and Henri Marteau (2008). Alexandra was awarded the Julius Bär Prize for the most accomplished artist of the Verbier Festival Academy 2013. In 2015 Alexandra received the honorific title "Master of Arts" of the Republic of Moldova. Alexandra got awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship 2016
She has established herself as a soloist of a high level. She has performed with orchestras such as the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Berne, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera, Hermitage Orchestra St-Petersburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Musikkollegium Winterthur, National Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Saarbrücken Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Wuhan Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors including Christian Badea, Yury Bashmet, Teodor Currentzis, Misha Damev, Valery Gergiev, Hannu Lintu, Hubert Soudant, Andrew Matze, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Simonov and Gabor Takacs-Nagy.
Alexandra is also a devoted chamber musician. She regularly collaborates with artists such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Lera Auerbach, Boris Brovtsyn, Gérard Caussé, Renaud Capuçon, Finghin Collins, Blythe Teh Engstroem, Ilya Gringlots, David Kadouch, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Yura Lee, Michail Lifits, Alexander Melnikov, Paul Meyer, Edgar Moreau, Gordan Nikolic, Andreas Ottensamer, Anne Queffélec, Julien Quentin, Alexei Stadler,Christian Tetzlaff, Kirill Troussov, Istvan Vardai, Pretty Yende, Tabea Zimmermann and others.
Alexandra was born in 1988 in the Republic of Moldova and took up the violin at the age of six. She studied with Professor Petru Munteanu at the University of Music in Rostock, with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music in Hannover and with Professor Renaud Capuçon at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. She has received taken additional classes with Ivry Gitlis , Igor Oistrakh, Igor Ozim and others. She currently plays the Santo-Seraphin Violin, dated 1735, Venezia, kindly loaned by the "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben".