Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award Concert
One of the Borromeo's most-loved activities in their residency at the New England Conservatory is the audition process to select the Winners of the Guest Artist Awards. They greatly enjoy the week of collaboration in which every student who has entered the competition has a session playing and working together with the Quartet. Working with all of these students, and affording special recognition to those that are chosen as winners, is always an inspiring experience.
This year's winners are:
SooBeen Lee, violin; Aadam Ibrahim, viola; Macintyre Taback, cello; Song-Hyeon Kim, piano; Hyunwoo Chun, clarinet; and a string quartet comprising Masha Lasikova and Kristy Chen, violin, Njord Fossnes, viola and Davis You, cello
This is an in-person event with a public live stream.
Antonín Dvořák | String Sextet in A Major, op. 48
Allegro - Moderato
Dumka: Poco allegretto
Finale: Tema con variazioni - Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino
Felix Mendelssohn | String Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20
Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
GAA winner biographies
Clarinetist Hyunwoo Chun was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Kyung Hee University, where he studied under Yonggen Lee, Myeongjin Im and Junghwan Park. During his undergraduate years, he won the concerto competition and performed with the wind orchestra. In 2021, Hyunwoo moved to Boston and pursued his master's degree at New England Conservatory, where he is currently continuing his studies in the graduate diploma program with Thomas Martin, Associate Principal and E-flat clarinet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center last summer and a substitute for the New World Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his solo and orchestral pursuits, Hyunwoo enjoys playing chamber music. In 2018, his woodwind quintet won the Kumho Young Chamber Artist Award and performed a recital in Kumho art hall. Later, his woodwind quintet at NEC was selected as one of the Honors Ensembles and will give a concert in April.
Aadam Ibrahim was born in the west suburbs of Chicago where he began his viola studies at Wheaton College’s Community School of the Arts with Lisa Hirschmugl beginning at age five. At age 13, he began studying with Likuo Chang, the principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At age 17, he also began working with Roland and Almita Vamos at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. At age 20, he joined the then newly formed Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, Germany where he studied with Professor Wilfried Strehle - former principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Ibrahim has enjoyed the mentorship of many great musicians including Kim Kashkashian, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Muti, Nobuko Imai, Tabea Zimmermann, Pinchas Zukerman, Mihaela Martin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, and Bruno Pasquier.
Ibrahim has been a top prize winner at such institutions as the Medici International Music Competition, Pablo Casals International Festival in Prades, France, and the George Gershwin International Competition among others and has had the opportunity to solo with orchestra as a result. Ibrahim has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
As a chamber musician, Ibrahim has been a member of the Ashkenasi-Kirshbaum Seminar as well as a String Scholar at the Heifetz International Institute of Music and attended Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artists Program where he worked with Roberto Diaz, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Pinchas Zukerman. Ibrahim has given chamber recitals with a variety of ensembles in Frank Gehry’s Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin where he was able to work with Mihaela Martin, Michael Barenboim, Frans Helmersson, and Daniel Barenboim.
As an orchestral musician, his career has included the opportunity to be the substitute principal violist of the Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids, associate principal violist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, the youngest member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago during the 2015-2016 season, and principal violist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Ibrahim enjoys collaborating with friends and expanding his horizons in music in every possible way. He plays a viola attributed to Tommaso Balestrieri in 1767. He currently studies under Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory.
Born in 2002, Song-Hyeon Kim started playing the piano when he was 5 years old. He graduated from Yewon School, which is the most renowned music school in Korea, and studied with Soo-Jung Shin, Prof. Emeritus of Seoul National University. In Korea, he rose to prominence by winning the grand prize unanimously at the 12th Shinhan Music Awards. He has also won the top prizes at the Korea Steinway Competition, Samick-Selier Piano Competition, and Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition.
He made his official recital debut at the age of 13 through the Kumho Prodigy Concert and performed at Korea's representative concert halls such as Seoul Arts Center and Lotte Concert Hall. He performed with Eurasian Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Gimpo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Incheon New Philharmonic Orchestra.
He came to the world’s attention in 2017 when he won the prize of the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2018, he performed the G minor piano quartet of Brahms at Alice Tully Hall at the invitation of CMS of Lincoln Center. He has also won prizes at the Chicago International Music Competition and Ishikawa Music Awards. In 2022, he won the 5th prize and the
audience prize at the 8th Sendai International Music Competition as the youngest finalist.
As a pianist, he evokes deep emotions among his listeners and displays a tremendous musical spectrum in his playing—from graceful sensibility to powerful virtuosity. In 2021, he signed a contract with the agency, Music and Art Company, which also represents such artists as Kyung-Wha Chung and Kevin Kenner. Song-Hyeon is currently studying at New England Conservatory with Hae-Sun Paik and Marc-André Hamelin.
SooBeen Lee has been praised by the Washington Post for her “poised presence, a luxurious sound, spot-on intonation, and a bow arm that will surely be the envy of her peers”. First Prize Winner of the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was also honored with YCA’s Slomovic Prize and the Michaels Award which provided her debut recitals in New York and Washington, DC. Her violin studies began at the age of 4; at age 8 she won First Prize at the Russia International Violin Competition, and she captured First Prize at the 2013 David Oistrakh Violin Competition. SooBeen appears as soloist with major Korean orchestras and American orchestras such as Detroit Symphony and orchestra of St. Lukes. She also performs as recitalist at festivals, including Usedom in Germany, the City of London Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin Festival. SooBeen currently studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory and plays the Giuseppe Guadagnini Cremona 1794, on loan to her from Kumho Cultural Foundation.
Born in New York City, MacintyreTaback began his cello studies at the age of 11. When he was 14, he started at the Juilliard Pre-College program with Caroline Stinson. Mac has recently attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and IMS Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music Seminar. He has worked with musicians such as Donald Weilerstein, Joel Krosnick, Merry Peckham, and Itzhak Perlman, and has recently performed with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Erich Höbarth, and the Emerson String Quartet. Mac completed his undergraduate studies with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott at the Eastman School of Music, where he received the Performance Certificate and Cello Prize. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at New England Conservatory under Laurence Lesser. He previously studied at Yale University.
Recently named an NEC Honors Ensemble, violinists Masha Lakisova and Kristy Chen, violist Njord Fossnes, and cellist Davis You find themselves in constant demand both as a performing ensemble and individual chamber artists. Founded in 2021, the quartet is currently coached by Mai Motobuchi and is deeply grateful for the Borromeo Quartet’s mentorship throughout their time together. The quartet has had the privilege of collaborating with renowned artists such as Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Jonathan Swensen and Julian Rhee. Past engagements include Jordan Hall performances as part of the 2022 NEC Chamber Gala and the 2021 Borromeo Beethoven Seminar, where they performed Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 130 with the Grosse Fuge. The quartet looks forward to making their recital debut in Jordan Hall in May of 2023.