PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently Concertmaster with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Of Korean descent, but born and raised in France. (Parents and siblings live in France.) Attended the Paris National Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University. Worked with Colorado Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London
CAREER INSPIRATION: The human interaction. (Communication without words.) Also that it was a respected field.
MUSICAL TASTES: Other than classical, motown, Jamiroquai.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My first teacher, who taught me all about the musical world, and Maurice André, French trumpetist, who I heard when I was 11. Transcending.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: Probably music administration or running a summer music camp, which is what I'm already doing.
BRITT HISTORY: First year was 2001.
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: Spending time with my host family, who have become like parents after all these years.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: When Maestri Trudeau, DePriest and Bay came and conducted the orchestra. I finally had a true sense of the Britt Classical heritage.
HOMETOWN: Sudbury, MA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Former Principal Second Violin Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Principal Second violin Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain, Camarata de Tenerife, violinist and soloist. Concertmaster Orquesta d'amici, Tenerife. Concertmaster Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, 4th chair 1st violins Evansville Philharmonic, New World Symphony Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second. Violinist in Solti Carnegie Hall Orchestra Project. Substitute in Kansas City Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic. Currently playing in Orchestra of Indian Hill and Lexington Philharmonic, freelancing in the Boston area. Running Sudbury String Studio, a private music studio started with husband Robb Aistrup (double bass), which provides private lessons to over 50 students of violin, viola, cello, and bass. BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Bachelor of Music Performance Eastman School, Master of Music Performance Indiana (Jacobs) School of Music. Primary teachers: Mauricio Fuks, Lynn Blakeslee, Marylou Speaker Churchill. Additional degrees: BA Biology, BS Nursing.
CAREER INSPIRATION: Music has always been very prominent in my family's life. I always thought I'd be a professional violinist, but I realized I absolutely could not live without playing orchestral music at a professional level during my junior year at Eastman, after playing Mahler 2 in Carnegie Hall.
MUSICAL TASTES: I love all kinds of good music. My favorite composers are Bach, Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, but I am also known to blast rap and hip hop music in the car. I admire artists like Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj, many others. I'm a big fan of The Voice.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: The late Marylou Speaker Churchill, who was Principal Second of the Boston Symphony, and was my teacher for many years. She will probably always be my biggest inspiration. My teacher Professor Mauricio Fuks from Indiana University changed my whole approach to the technical aspects of playing and expression. David Effron who taught orchestra at Eastman, helped me hone my orchestral skills and believed in me. Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the New World Symphony, is an astonishing musician and always demanded the absolute highest level from all of us at New World.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: Probably something in healthcare, research, or working with children.
BRITT HISTORY: This year will be my 21st season, and 13th as principal second.
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: Love the local restaurants and wineries! Crater Lake, Applegate, hiking, swimming at Jackson pool, socializing with my Britt friends.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: When my husband Robb Aistrup proposed to me at Crater Lake! And the sight of our triplet babies on the hill at Britt rehearsals having their first experience listening to all that amazing music.
HOME ORCHESTRA: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M., Violin (University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006); M.M., Viola (New England Conservatory of Music, 2008). During my time in Boston, I played with the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and also as a substitute with New World Symphony. I was fortunate to serve as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007-2009, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in 2010. In 2014, I was a quarterfinalist in the Primrose International Viola Competition, and in 2015 became a founding member of the Polymnia Quartet. Major teachers include James Buswell, Marylou Speaker Churchill, Kathryn Lockwood, Ed Gazouleas, and Carol Rodland. CAREER INSPIRATION: I've been drawn to music since I was very young, but the thing that motivated me to pursue it as a career was the knowledge that I would never be "done" with discovering new ideas and improving myself. I love having access to this universal language.
MUSICAL TASTES: Other than the classical music I play, I mostly listen to the local New Orleans radio stations, and my nostalgic 90s groups (Fiona Apple, the Roots, Radiohead, Dave Matthews...) And of course, there's an abundance of amazing live music of all genres in New Orleans.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My teachers have been my greatest inspirations, not only as mentors but as players themselves. Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell were an incredible combination to study with, and had profound impacts on my musical life in different ways. They gave me the tools to continue teaching myself indefinitely, which must be the greatest gift a teacher can give. Many other members of the UMass, NEC, and Tanglewood string faculty were incredibly encouraging and took great care in helping me switch from violin to viola. Tanglewood was an experience that greatly shaped my career path as a violist--there, I was exposed to some of the top conductors and chamber musicians in the world.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: I've never been one to make plans.
BRITT HISTORY: This is my first summer at Britt!
HOMETOWN: Toronto, ON
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently freelancing in Toronto and performing regularly with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company and chamber ensembles including Group of 27 and Against the Grain. Former co-principal cellist of Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife and member of Orquesta Palau Les Arts de Reina Sofia under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M. from Boston University, M.M. from Rice University. Participated as a Fellow in festivals such as Tanglewood, Taos Summer Chamber Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. CAREER INSPIRATION: I grew up in a musical household. There was music everywhere and learning to play an instrument was just a part of our education. I think it just became such a part of who I am that I couldn't imagine being anything else.
MUSICAL TASTES: Aside from classical, I really enjoy jazz and a lot of popular music spanning back to the 60s. I also really love pretty much anything Spanish or South American.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have performed under the batons of such celebrated conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Giovanni Antonini (Il Giardino Armonico), Jesus Lopez-Cobos... and that those experiences have all had a great influence on me. If I were to choose one person however, it would probably be my Dad. He was a beautiful musician and very committed to the arts.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: I have no idea! I would hopefully be doing something to make a difference somewhere.
BRITT HISTORY: I have been playing at Britt since 2003.
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: That has changed quite a bit over the years since I now have two young children! For now, I love just being with them in such a beautiful setting, reconnecting with our host family, going for long runs on the trails, chatting until the wee hours of the morning with friends over a bottle of Oregonian wine... simple things.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: There have been so many memorable performances I can't even begin to choose one. I loved playing Brahms Double with Iggy of course, and I've loved watching as my kids grow up on the hill with the other "Britt kids". A few of us also used to have a little known tradition of staying up all night after the last concert and then watching the sunrise from the hill. It was such a nice way to end the summer. Those are great memories.
HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/BACKGROUND: Principal Bass at Louisiana Philharmonic since 1996. Performed extensively with many diverse ensembles including the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua (NY) Festival, Colorado Philharmonic (NRO), Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. Has served as Bass Instructor for the Music School at Loyola University and also on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) as bassist/composer.
In 1984, he began his pursuits in composition, recognizing that the solo repertoire for his instrument was limited. Since then, his published work has expanded to other solo instruments, as well as for chamber orchestras and small ensembles. He has published many works and received acclaim for his compositions. In 1995, he won first prize in the Allen Ostrander International Trombone Composition Competition, sponsored by Ithaca college. Other works include his Concerto for Double Bass, Strings & Harp, commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra and performed on the 1997-98 subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
BEST BRITT MEMORY: The commission and performance of Celebration, a tone poem for large orchestra, for the 50th Britt season.
YEARS AT BRITT: Since 1994
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: The commission and performance of Celebration, a tone poem for large orchestra, for the 50th Britt season in 2012.
Photo provided by Zack Smith Photography.
Ignace “Iggy” Jang, Concertmaster (Honolulu, HI)
Eric Lee, Assistant Concertmaster (Alexandria, VA)
+Debra Akerlund (Aberdeen, WA)
Blayne Barnes (Seattle, WA)
+Anne-Marie Chubet (Westwood, MA)
Scott Cole (Talent, OR)
Bruce Colson (Austin, TX)
Leah Goor Burtnett (Lyndhurst, OH)
Juan Jaramillo (Pittsburgh, PA)
+Louanne Lotz (Shoreline, WA)
Dawn Posey (Pittsburgh, PA)
Michael Russell (Hilo, HI)
Caroline Slack (Chicago, IL)
+Bruce Sweetman (Nashville, TN)
Lydia Umlauf (Dallas, TX)
Emma Votapek (Tucson, AZ)
+Nicola Payne, Principal (Sudbury, MA)
Clara Lee, Acting Asst. Principal (North York, ON)
Robert Anemone (Evansville, IN)
Michelle Black (Houston, TX)
*+Michael Blaney (Lafayette, LA)
Sophia Cho (Park Ridge, IL)
Andrea Daigle (Louisville, KY)
Catherine Kei Fukuda (Kansas City, MO)
+Barbara George (Portland, OR)
Emily Herdeman Kelly (Seattle, WA)
Sherry Hong (Indianapolis, IN)
Jennise Hwang (Miami, FL)
+Mark Lotz (Shoreline, WA)
*+Karen L. Meikle (Aberdeen, WA)
Sarah Peters (Miami Beach, FL)
Maria Semes (New York, NY)
Amelia Clingman, Principal (New Orleans, LA)
Eliseo Rene Salazar, Assistant Principal (Houston, TX)
Karen Bea (Phoenix, AZ)
+Wendy Edgar (Yacolt, WA)
+Mary E. M. Harris (Oxford, OH)
E. Patrick Horn (Thunder Bay, ON)
Michael Kaveney (Ashland, OR)
Jenny Massey (Freeland, WA)
Jane Mitchell (Miami Beach, FL)
*Michael Molnau (San Diego, CA)
+Joseph Pagán (Tucson, AZ)
+Michele Parker (Brookline, MA)
+Monica Reilly (Chicago, IL)
Kurt Tseng (Miami Beach, FL)
Naomi Barron, Principal (Toronto, ON)
Meredith McCook, Assistant Principal (Tyler, TX)
Ian Greenberg (Ashland, OR)
Kirsten Jermé (Evansville, IN)
Andrew Kolb (Bend, OR)
Kevin Kunkel (Portland, OR)
Ruth Marshall (Indianapolis, IN)
+Ida Mercer (Cleveland, OH)
+Lisa Truelove (Ashland, OR)
+David Anderson, Principal (New Orleans, LA)
James Karrer, Assistant Principal (Tucson, AZ)
+Robb Aistrup (Sudbury, MA)
+Mark Elliot Bergman (Centreville, VA)
Nate Farrington (Los Angeles, CA)
+Margaret Johnston (San Diego, CA)
Troy Milleker (Toronto, ON)
Keith Wymer (Kansas City, MO)
*On leave for 2017 Season
+Britt Orchestra member for 20 or more years