Colburn Artists is a unique in-house professional management program for Colburn students on the cusp of professional careers. Created in order to provide guidance and support during the critical transition from studying to touring, the Colburn Artists program is designed to prepare students to work with industry leaders and artist managers. In a supportive atmosphere linked closely with their individual performance studies, they receive personalized career advice and training, including guidance on building relationships with presenters, orchestras, and professional musicians; developing repertoire; interview preparation; and creating a professional image and online presence.
James Baik, Cello
Cellist James Baik has been described as “an undeniable authority,” possessing “a real warmth emerging in lyricism… and displays mixture of sonic mastery and interiority,” by Belgian newspaper Le Soir, after his astounding performance at the 2021 Queen Elisabeth Competition. James was a finalist at the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition and went on to receive the first prize at the prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition. He made his debut solo appearance in 2015 with the Houston Civic Symphony and the Clear Lake Symphony in Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Highlights from recent and upcoming performances include the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Colburn Orchestra, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davies at the Walt Disney Concert Hall; Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie; Brahms’s Double Concerto with the Peninsula Symphony; and chamber music performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Music in the Vineyards Festival in Napa Valley and Nevada Chamber Music Festival, where he is an invited guest artist.
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Described as having “an enormous wealth of colors… and sparkling rhythms,” (All News Press), Quartet Integra are quickly developing a reputation of international prestige. In 2022, the Quartet won Second Prize and the coveted Audience Award at the 2022 ARD International Music Competition, First Prize at the 2021 Bartók World Competition, and First Prize and the Prize of Beethoven and Grand Prix Award at the 2019 Akiyoshidai Music Competition. Upcoming performances include over twenty performances throughout Japan including the Kanazawa, Hukuyama and Takefu International Festivals and at venues such as Tokyo Opera City, Toppan Hall, and Suntory Hall, among others. Additionally, they have performances planned as part of the Discovery Series at the La Jolla Music Society, the California Club in Los Angeles and Thayer and Zipper Halls at the Colburn School.
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Finnish-British conductor Ross Jamie Collins is a part of the inaugural class of Salonen Fellows in the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Highlights of the 2022–23 season include a debut with the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series, curated by pianist Conrad Tao; outreach concerts with Colburn’s Zipper Orchestra; and a chamber orchestra performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2. He will be assisting maestro Salonen, pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Johan Dalene on a European tour with the San Francisco Symphony, and will be assisting conductors Courtney Lewis and Simone Menezes with the Colburn Orchestra. Recently, Ross made his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, alongside violinist Randall Goosby in music of Mendelssohn, Nielsen and Sibelius. In October 2022, he made his debut with the Turku Philharmonic, Finland’s oldest orchestra, where he led them in score of the classic British animated film The Snowman. In 2019 he made his debuts with the South Denmark Philharmonic and the Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra.
The Sonarsix wind sextet was founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2022. The ensemble, comprised of flutist Martha Chan, oboist Eder Rivera Acosta, clarinetist Victor Diaz Guerra, bassoonist Chirstopher Chung, hornist Elizabeth Linares Montero, and pianist Bogang Hwang, cover in total six nationalities and nine spoken languages. A mere months after its founding, the sextet was a Bronze Medalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Members of Sonarsix have performed concerti with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, and the Colburn Orchestra, among others. Individually, they’ve appeared at the Verbier, Pacific, Lucerne, and Marlboro Music Festivals, as well as Music from Angel Fire, and the Seoul National University International Chamber Music Festival.
Hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his “dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years,” Indian-American pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been recognized on three continents as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership. Vijay has rapidly established a major international reputation as top prizewinner in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, World Piano, and Waring International Piano Competitions. Highlights of Vijay’s performance season include debuts with the Pasadena Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Bangor Symphony, Ashland Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, South Coast Symphony, and at Le Salon Musiques in Chopin’s Concerto in F Minor. Additionally, he appears this season at the Crystal Theatre, Camerata Musica, DaCamera Society, Irvine Performing Arts Center, L’ermitage Foundation, Muzewest, Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society, South Bay Chamber Music Society, and a debut in Mexico for ProMusica San Miguel de Allende.
Molly Turner is a Chinese-born conductor and composer. Recently, she has conducted the Juilliard Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Eastern Festival Orchestra. Molly also filled in on short notice for a full video production of Teddy Abrams’ new telling of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat created by Nate Farrington and Catherine Garcia and prepared the Colburn Chamber Orchestra for James Conlon in the LA Opera premiere of Carla Lucero’s Las Tres Mujeres de Jerusalén. In 2019, Molly was the youngest conductor invited for residency at the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors. She has served as assistant and cover conductor for the Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonie de Paris, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, and Colburn Orchestra. She also regularly prepares the Juilliard Orchestra and has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Rafael Payare, Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Paul Watkins.
Aubree Oliverson, Violin (2019–2022) | Askonas Holt
Viano String Quartet (2018–2021) | Opus 3 Artists
Faktura Piano Trio (2017–2019)
Rodolfo Leone, Piano (2017–2019) | MKI Artists
Blake Pouliot, Violin (2015–2018) | Opus 3 Artists
Ray Ushikubo, Piano/Violin (2012–2018)
William Hagen, Violin (2014–2017) | MKI Artists
Simone Porter, Violin (2012–2015) | Opus 3 Artists
Calidore String Quartet (2012–2014) | IMG Artists
Sang Yoon Kim, Clarinet (2012–2014)
Nigel Armstrong, Violin (2012–2013)
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