Hailed by the New York Times for her "focused intensity" and "remarkable" performances, cellist Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Ms. Kim has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world's most illustrious concert halls and Festivals.
Highlights of her 2013-14 season include the World Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s String Quartet No. 7, "Désir", performances of the Bela Bartok quartet cycle at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival and in Boston at Jordan Hall, and appearances at the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa Festival in Mexico, the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, and the Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany. The season welcomes multiple performances with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and special collaborations with the Bill T. Jones Dance Company, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and also with cellist Antonio Lysy in a special multimedia production, Te Amo, Argentina.
Recent highlights include a two-week residency at Suntory Hall in Tokyo to perform the complete Beethoven String Quartets, a cycle of Dvorak quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the complete Bartok quartet cycle at the Curtis Institute of Music, performances at the International MIMO Festival in Brazil, the Morgan Library in New York, the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C., and in Nara, Japan, Beijing and Shanghai, China.
Ms. Kim has performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Borromeo, in duo with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and as a soloist, including engagements with the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Opera Bastille in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Saejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Library of Congress and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
A much sought after chamber musician, she has been invited to perform at many festivals including Spoleto in the United States and Italy, Ravinia, Marlboro, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Rockport, Music at Menlo, the Prague Spring Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music, the Stavanger Festival in Norway, the Evian and Divonne Festivals in France, and the Sejong Spring Festival in Korea.
Her collaborations with other artists include appearances with Angelique Kidjo, violinist Joshua Bell and Pamela Frank; violists Roberto Dias, Kim Kashashian, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping; cellists Paul Katz, Gary Hoffman, Lawrence Lesser, and Alisa Weilerstein; pianists Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman, Wu Han, Menahem Pressler, Rudolph Serkin, and Russell Sherman; clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and members of the Guarneri and Julliard String Quartets.
As a member of the Borromeo Quartet since its inception in 1989, Ms. Kim has had extensive involvement with NPR's "Performance Today," the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Her radio and television credits also include "Live from Lincoln Center" and numerous appearances on WGBH in Boston, Radio France, and NHK Radio and Television in Japan. Recording credits include "Native Informant" featuring music of Mohammed Fairouz , "As it was, Is, And will be" featuring music of Gunther Schuller , "String Quartets" by Robert Maggio , "Speak Like the People, Write Like the King" featuring music by Steve Mackey , "Soul Garden: The Chamber Music of Derek Bermel"  "Beethoven: Serioso" , and "Ravel: String Quartet and Sonata for Violin & Cello" .
Ms. Kim currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, in the cello and chamber music departments, and teaches each summer at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico. She has also taught at the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Canada, the Suntory Hall Fellows Academy in Japan, at the Seoul National University and National University of Arts in Korea, and for the Foulger Institute in New Jersey .
A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center's Martin Segal Award, and the Evian International String Quartet Competition as a member of the Borromeo Quartet, Ms. Kim has garnered numerous awards individually as well, including winner of the Ewha and Jungagng National Competitions in Korea, and the Seoul Young Artists Award for achievement in music and academics.
Kim is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, with advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Lawrence Lesser, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Hyungwon Chang, and Minja Hyun.
She plays a Peregrino Zanetto cello, circa 1576, one of the oldest in the world.
David Upham is the director of orchestral activities and assistant professor of music education at the University of New Hampshire, as well as the founding music director of the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestras. Prior to his arrival in New England, he was active in Seattle, Wash., as a conductor of professional, community and student ensembles. He served as the music director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, taught at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and worked with the Rainier Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Mahler Festival and various professional ballet orchestras. In November 2009, he made his international debut at the French contemporary music festival, Aujourd’hui Musiques.
Professor Upham’s work also focuses on orchestral music education at all levels, preparing students for careers as public school orchestra directors and teaching graduate conducting. In 2013, he founded the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestra program, which provides local school children with opportunities to study and perform string instruments while also providing UNH music education students with practical teaching experience. Professor Upham appears frequently as an educator and clinician at festivals across the country, including the Summer Youth Music School at UNH. His background as a music educator also includes a tenure with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and a successful ten-year career as a public school music educator.
Professor Upham received a B.A. in music from Luther College, an M.M. in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado and a D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Washington.
Boston-Based cellist Jacques Lee Wood enjoys an active career as performer, educator, scholar, and composer. His eclectic interests have led to a diverse range of musical genres and styles: historical performance on period instruments, commissioning new works for both modern and baroque cello, improvisation in both classical and non-classical styles, and most recently composing his own works. Recent compositions include a multi-movement work for 5 string electric cello with live electronics, and a collaborative composition for guitar and cello with StringLab partner, Simon Powis. Dr. Wood is a founding member of StringLab, Antico Moderno, a period chamber ensemble that commissions new works for period instruments, and the NYC-based bluegrass band Cathedral Parkway where he adopts a multi-faceted role as a vocalist, mandolin, banjo, and cello player. An avid chamber musician and orchestral musician, Wood is a member of the Pedroia String Quartet and recently appointed principal cello of the Cape Symphony. He is a frequent guest artist with A Far Cry, Aston Magna, Yale Schola Cantorum, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bachsolisten Seoul, Bach Collegium Japan, Juilliard 415, Firebird Ensemble, and the Handel and Haydn Society. A recognized pedagogue, Wood is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of New Hampshire and holds faculty positions at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (Intensive Community Program) and Milton Academy. He has held residencies at Yale University, University of Ulsan, Tufts University, and the Boston Conservatory. Wood is currently on the faculty of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale Summer School), Summer Youth Music School (University of New Hampshire), and is a frequent guest artist at the Great Mountains Festival (South Korea), Korea Strings Research Institute, Bari International Music Festival, Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm, Aston Magna, and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Festival. As a recording artist, Wood has released recordings on the Hyperion and Navona labels, and is currently recording a new album with the Pedroia Quartet for Naxos/Navona Records. Dr. Wood completed his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music under Laurence Lesser, and holds a MM and DMA from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot.
Cellist Junko Fujiwara has been performing and advocating innovations in contemporary and improvised music while teaching and maintaining Western classical and jazz traditions over a span of nearly thirty years. Based in New England, she has enjoyed the diversity of performing in a variety of musical genres at many venues not just on the East Coast but also in the Midwest and internationally in Europe. Among her current performing groups are: Eric Hofbauer Quintet, BOLT: Adventurous Improvised Music, and Mimi Rabson’s String Theory Trio, where some of her own original compositions are featured. Downbeat Magazine, Boston Globe, and Spontaneous Music Tribune (Poland) are some of the internationally-renown publications that have given recognition of her work.
As an active educator, Ms. Fujiwara holds cello faculty positions at Boston College (where she also coaches chamber groups and directs the BC Cello Ensemble), The Governor’s Academy, Masconomet Regional School, and Ipswich Public Schools. She has also taught guest master classes at MIT, Longy School of Music, and at Salem (MA) Public Schools. Ms. Fujiwara has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University.
Praised for his "impassioned performance" (Boston Globe) and playing "with remarkable ease and clarity, while maintaining a graceful—if vociferous—line that fit well into the narrative" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), cellist Sam Ou enjoys an active musical life in the Greater Boston area. A recipient of the Rosemary Scales Prize for best cello concerto performance at the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Ou has performed at several prestigious summer venues including Tanglewood, Sarasota, Musicorda, Santa Fe, and La Jolla music festivals. In 2012, he gave the world premiere performance of Larry Bell’s Cello Concerto entitled The Triumph of Lightness with the Boston Civic Symphony at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (NEC). An avid chamber musician, Ou has collaborated and performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Hung-Kuan Chen, Pi-Hsien Chen, James Dunham, Thomas Hill, Patricia McCarty, Paul Neubauer, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lois Shapiro, and Marcus Thompson. He performed Yehudi Wyner's Tanz and Maissele with violinist Lucy Chapman, clarinetist Bruce Creditor, and the Pulitzer prize-winning composer at the piano at The Center for Jewish History in New York.
Ou came to the United States from Taiwan at age 4, and began his cello studies at age 9. He has been a pupil of several renowned cello teachers, including Gretchen Geber, Eleanore Schoenfeld, and Aldo Parisot. After completing his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in New York from Columbia University and The Juilliard School in their double degree program, Ou moved to Boston to study with Laurence Lesser at NEC, where he graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts. His dissertation was entitled In Felix's Footsteps: An Examination of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Approach to Her Chamber Music.
Ou has been a visiting lecturer, performer, and cello teacher at Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, where he conducted solo and chamber music master classes and performed with Fu-Jen faculty musicians. As a participant of Fu-Jen’s 18th Century Piano Literature Symposium and the International Strings Literature Symposium, he presented papers on the chamber music of Beethoven and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Ou has also coached undergraduate chamber ensembles and orchestral cello sectionals at Tufts University.
A faculty member and assistant string chairperson at NEC’s Preparatory School, Ou also maintains a private teaching studio, and in the summer, he teaches in Belmont, MA at Music on the Hill, a chamber music program for young musicians. During this past summer, he additionally taught at the Walnut Hill Music Festival in Natick, MA, Youth & Muse Music Festival at the Boston Conservatory, and Point Counterpoint in Leicester, VT. In 2012, Mr. Ou released his first CD, With String & Pipe, in which he collaborated with organist Harry Lyn Huff. He was also featured in Larry Bell’s CDs entitled In a Garden of Dreamers, where he collaborated with recorder player Aldo Abreu and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa.
Cellist Hyun Min Lee has appeared in recitals, concerts, festivals, and master classes throughout the United States, Germany, Canada, Japan, China, and her native Korea as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble player in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Boston Tsai Performance Center, and Seoul Arts Center. Dr. Lee began her musical training in Korea at the age of seven. She has won numerous awards and prizes, including top prizes from the Korea Times and Munhwa Times competitions, “Je-Myung Hyun” String Foundation Scholarship, and the German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD] scholarship in Germany. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded the String Department Honors for outstanding Achievement in String Performance and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society of the United States.
As an active soloist and chamber musician, her performances have been broadcast on FM WCLV and FM WMNR in the United States. She has been a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, and New England Repertory Orchestra. She is the Founder and the Artistic Director of the Boston Cello Ensemble since its inaugural season in 2010, and also a member of the Amabile Piano Trio and the Hubbard Quartet. She has served as principal cellist for the Sebastian Chamber Players, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, The Yale Cellos, Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and was also a section member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
As a passionate teacher, Dr. Lee has been teaching at Boston University Tanglewood Institute since 2010 and taught string instrument class and non-major cello lessons and chamber music at Boston University. She was a teaching assistant to the legendary cello pedagogue, Professor Aldo Parisot of Yale School of Music, at the Great Mountains Music Festival and School and also to Professor Marc Johnson at Boston University. She is currently on faculty at Powers Music School and Concord Community Music School and also a former faculty member of the Bay Chamber Music School and the Youth & Muse Boston International Summer Music Festival.
Dr. Lee received her Master’s degree and Artist Diploma with full scholarship under the tutelage of Aldo Parisot from Yale University, the School of Music. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University as well as a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Geber, a former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where she studied with Marc Johnson of the prestigious Vermeer Quartet. Her other former teachers, coaches, and mentors include Peter Salaff, Christian Giger, Ani Kavafian, Stephen Clapp, Young-Sook Yoon, Hee-duk Lee, Alan Gilbert, and members of the Tokyo, Leipzig, Takácks, Orion, Juilliard, Cavani, and Muir String Quartets.
Dorothy Braker, cellist (B.A. and M.A. in Music Performance, the Juilliard School) had her very first lesson in music at the age of 4 with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, whose new idea about musical study through unlocking each child’s innate potential was first being brought to the United States. Her studies in cello, starting at the age of 8, were with Lois Yopp, Phil Blum, Karl Fruh, and Harvey Shapiro. Primarily a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed extensively across the United States, chiefly with educational performances associated with “Music History a bore? Not a chance!” that went across the Appalachian Valley in local schools, many schools in New York State, and to many fine museums and libraries, including the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Bennington Museum in Vermont. As the founder and Artistic Director of Aliento Chamber Players, she performed and managed a five-year chamber music concert series in the Seacoast area. Here in New Hampshire, in addition to many chamber music and solo appearances with area groups including the Portsmouth Symphony and Merrimack Valley Orchestra, she is principal cellist and Outreach Coordinator with The Portsmouth Symphony, coaches chamber music and has a private studio of students. As an organizer within The Portsmouth Symphony, she helped to create and currently maintains the Concerto and Aria Competitions, the MyPSO youth music arm of the Portsmouth Symphony that also has an outreach concert series for local schools, and the “Get Cozy with the Portsmouth Symphony” monthly chamber music concert series at the Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine, now heading into its fourth season.