Echo Bridge Cello
Created by cellists who share a love of playing the instrument, possess deep knowledge of music pedagogy, and strive to develop an inspiring and caring community, Echo Bridge Cello serves audience who loves music and guides cello students. The focus is to provide healthy interactions and positive influences through music and help students master the instrument and plan individualized curriculum.
Members of Echo Bridge Cello have received trainings from outstanding artists and world-renowned music schools including New England Conservatory, Yale University, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and Boston University. In addition to being experienced and talented performers, they are dedicated educators. These artist-teachers taught and coached talented students at Boston University, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Cellist Agnes Kim, described as a “hair-raising performer” in The Boston Musical Intelligencer, has an active and versatile career as a chamber musician, a soloist, and an orchestral player. As a member of the highly respected Arneis Quartet, their recording of Elena Ruehr's String Quartet No. 8 "Insect Dances" in 2022 on Avie Records and chamber music of John H. Wallace, “pale reflection... : Arneis Quartet and Friends”, in 2016 on Centaur Records were released to critical acclaim. She has appeared as a soloist with the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, performed with the Orchestras such as Emmanuel Music, the Boston Philharmonic, and served as the principal cellist for the Haffner Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia Boston, and Coro Allegro. As an avid educator, Ms. Kim is on chamber music faculty at the Boston University, serves as cello instructor and chamber coach for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and taught at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), Point Counterpoint, and Lyceum Music Festival. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
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Hyun-Ji Kwon, cellist, currently maintains an active schedule as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul; Master of Music and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory in Boston; Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University, in the studio of Rhonda Rider. Her other teachers include Natasha Brofsky, Il-hwan Bai, and Sungwon Yang. Kwon has performed in master classes for renowned cellists such as Natalia Gutman and Anner Bylsma. She has performed as guest alumna along with the celebrated Muir Quartet and violist Michelle LaCourse, with the Convergence Ensemble, ArtiQue in Boston Ensemble, and many more Boston area ensembles. Kwon has taught at Boston University as a lecturer, Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) as a Co-Director of Cello Workshop and cello coach at BUTI’s Young Artist Orchestra Program, and at Walnut Hill School for the Arts as a chamber instructor. Currently, she serves as a cello faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, and chamber instructor at Project STEP.
Cellist Jaehee Ju, a native of Korea, has won top prizes in several prestigious Korean competitions, including first prize in both Korea Times and Chosun Times Competitions. In the U.S., she won Luigi Silva Memorial Award at the Corpus Christi International Competition for piano & strings. As an active recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Ju has performed in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and Sanders Theatre in U.S., Kumho Art’s Center in Korea and Kiyota Kumin Center in Sapporo. Ms. Ju collaborated in performances with distinguished musicians such as the American String Quartet, Masao Kawasaki, Alexander Kerr and Vladimir Feltsman. In conjunction with the Pacific Music Festival she performed quartets by Schubert and Beethoven with the principals from Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Ju is also an active orchestra player. She served as a Principal Cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago where she actively collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, and the Boston Civic Symphony. She was also an Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lansing Symphony orchestra and was a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
As a dynamic and engaging teacher, Ms. Ju currently serves as cello faculty at the Bunker Hill Community College and Stonehill College. She is also teaching at Boston College as a lecturer in Korean and previously taught at Wellesley College East Language and Culture department. She also taught cello at the Chestnut Hill School, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra ICP program and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Ju began playing the cello at the age of 8. Her teachers have included Laurence Lesser, Aldo Parisot, Eric Kim, and Chungsim Baek. She received Doctor of Musical Arts from Indiana University as one of only selected few who are recipients of the Jacobs School of Music’s most prestigious award. Ms. Ju holds a Bachelor degree from Seoul National University, Master’s and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory, as well as an Artist Diploma at Yale University with full scholarship.
Young Sook Lee
Young Sook Lee, a native of South Korea has appeared as an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout North America and in Asia. Beginning playing the cello at the age of ten, she studied with emeritus professor Chung Shim Baik at Seoul National University in Korea and continued her studies at New England Conservatory and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University. She participated at Asia Orchestra week, Aspen Music Festival, Packific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and performed under the baton of world renowned maestros including Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
She has won numerous competitions, awards in US and Asia including Boston University Soloists competition, PSA Young Artist Competition and Bay State Concerto competition. Throughout her musical carrier, she has performed at various venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, UN Center, TD Garden and Boston Symphony Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln center. Also, she has performed at US tour(Boston) of world renown Italian singer-Andrea Bocelli concert since 2016.
As a passionate soloist, she has performed some challenging works of cello repertoire such as Barber cello concerto with Boston University Symphony orchestra, Schumann cello concerto with Boston Philharmonia and Haydn cello concerto in D major with Orchestra of Indian Hill. As an active chamber musician, she was invited to Beethoven Institute in New York, the 10th Daejeon Chamber music Festival hosted by Korean Broadcasting System in Korea. Also, she was invited to have recitals at Steinert hall, Peabody Institute Library and Brookline Library for 2018 Concert Series. Her duo was invited to have recitals for the Indian Hill Music chamber music series and Newton Free Library. Currently, Mrs. Lee serves as a principal cellist at Vista Philharmonic Orchestra from 2018 and is also engaged with Symphony New Hampshire, Lexington Symphony Orchestra and Duo Nouveau.