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Julee An, Piano

 

 

 

 

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Regarded as an artist of great depth and virtuosity, pianist Julee An has appeared as soloist in numerous prestigious venues, including the Grand Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1993, her successful debut at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow was marked as the second and only occasion that a Korean pianist had been invited to perform, the first being the legendary pianist Kun-Woo Baik.

 

     Since her debut as a solo recitalist at age 10 and her debut as an orchestral soloist at age 11, Ms. An has performed in major cities in more than thirty U.S. states and toured extensively throughout Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany. She made her first, month long, eighteen-city tour on concert stages throughout Europe at age 17.

 

     Ms. An has performed as guest artist at the Prince Albert Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, the Mosel Festiwochen Musikfestival in Germany, International Piano Series in Charleston, Old First Church Series in San Francisco, Embassies in Washington, DC,  Piano Technicians Guild Convention in Chicago, Music Teachers National Association's (MTNA)  conventions in Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Virginia and Maryland. Her performance of Rachmaninoff's Concerto No.1 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra was aired live throughout Russia, and many of her live performances have been televised and radio broadcasted in Canada and the U.S., including through Classical KUSC, of her numerous performances in Los Angeles.

 

    Ms. An's many awards include First Prizes at the Young Keyboard Artist International Competition, the American Music Scholarship International Competition, National MTNA Baldwin and Yamaha Competitions to name a few. Ms. An began her piano studies at age 4 in Seoul, Korea, with her mother, and continued her studies with Fred Sahlmann, Julian Martin, John Perry, and Norman Krieger at both Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University and the University of Southern California for her undergraduate and graduate (B.M./M.M) degrees.

Ms. An remains very active as a concert artist, orchestral soloist, frequent adjudicator for competitions, and guest lecturer for master classes, and currently resides in Washington D.C.

 

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Joanna Kim,

 Guest Conductor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Joanna Kim is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano performance and a group piano teaching specialist. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Joanna Kim began her piano studies at age four and presented her first piano recital at age seven. Dr. Kim has won numerous competitions throughout her study and now maintains an active career as a concertizing artist both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is a Steinway Artist and has performed in Korea, France, Austria, Germany, Australia, China and the United States. She has appeared with many orchestras including the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, UGA Symphony Orchestra, WVU Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), and North Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Australia) and the North Georgia Chamber Symphony. Dr. Kim attended prestigious St. Scholarsticas College in Sydney, Australia where she studied with Elizabeth Powell at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. Upon receiving a prestigious Herman Godes scholarship from West Virginia University, Dr. Kim moved to the United States and studied with Dr. James Miltenberger. While at WVU, she was named a state winner for three consecutive years and received an Honorary Performance Diploma from the West Virginia University, Division of Community Music. She then continued her musical education at the University of Georgian where she received Masters & Doctoral degree, majoring in Piano Performance, minoring in Collaborative Musical Art under the guidance of Dr. Evgeny Rivkin.

 

Dr. Kim is an active clinician and an adjudicator around the state. She serves as the chairwoman for the GMEA- Piano Division, program chair for the Atlanta Steinway Society, state chair for GMTA – Collegiate State Piano Auditions and state chair for Wellness Forum for GMTA.

 

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Sinisa Ciric, Concertmaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  SINISA CIRIC received his undergraduate degree from the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (Yugoslavia) and master degree from University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing DMA degree in violin and viola performance at University of Georgia in Athens studying with world renowned professor Levon Ambartsumian (student of Kogan and Yankelevich). Dr. Ciric attended master classes and played for William Preucil and Jean-Marc Philips Varjabedian.

Dr. Ciric is concertmaster of Rome Symphony GA, New Atlanta Philharmonic, and Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra. He appeared as a soloist with New Atlanta Philharmonic, Rome Symphony Orchestra and Georgia Philharmonic as well as Bach Festival Orchestra, GA.

As a member of ARCO Chamber Orchestra Dr. Ciric performed in Carnegie Hall and was featured as soloist on ARCOs most recent recording of Vivaldis concertos for two, three and four violins.

He can also be heard on several CD recordings of New Trinity Baroque ensemble on period instruments as violinist and violist.

He is founding member of Balkan Quartet with whom he regularly performs across USA presenting music from Eastern Europe arranged for string quartet. For the most recent performance at Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Balkan Quartet was invited by Serbian Embassy. They also performed at Piccolo Spoleto chamber series as well as Art Club of Washington Passport to DC series.

Prior to coming to USA Mr. Ciric orchestral experience involves Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Radio-Television of Serbia, and the Opera Orchestra of the National Theatre. While performing with the Symphonic Orchestra of Serbian Radio Television, he cooperated with many national and international conductors, such as Zubin Mehta, Christian Mandeal, Gyula Nemet, Milen Nachev, and Mikis Teodorakis. Mr. Ciric performed as a member of Bellingham Festival Orchestra. Under the direction of Maestro Michael Palmer the Bellingham Festival Orchestra brings together principal players from major American and European orchestras and exceptional musicians from other local, regional, and national ensembles.

Dr. Ciric is Artist Affiliate at Emory University and teaches violin, viola and chamber music at Oxford College of Emory University as well as Georgia Perimeter College where he is in residence with members of Balkan Quartet.

 

 

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William Pritchard, Tuba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Pritchard is the low brass professor at Georgia College and State University, where he teaches tuba, euphonium and trombone.  He is a native of New Jersey. He began teaching and freelancing in Atlanta in 2001 while he was a member of the Army Ground Forces Band. Currently he plays tuba with the Midtown Brass Quintet, the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the John's Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwig Symphony. He has also performed with the Alabama, Columbus, Macon, Cobb and Hilton Head Symphonies, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Atlanta Brass Society, The Atlanta Ballet and the Peachtree Brass. As a soloist he has appeared with the Army Ground Forces Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the Ludwig Symphony, and the New Jersey-based South Orange Symphony, delighting audiences of all ages with his dynamic interpretations of both standard and lesser known works for tuba. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Pritchard is a dedicated teacher of his craft, giving private lessons and master classes on euphonium and trombone, as well as tuba.  Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music management from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts in classical performance from the Eastman School of Music.

 

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