Koichiro Harada (Violin& Conductor)

Born in 1945, Koichiro Harada studied violin, chamber music and conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music under Hideo Saito, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian.

In 1969, Mr. Harada founded the renowned Tokyo String Quartet in which he played first violin for 12 years, and his chamber music engagements led him to prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Highly acclaimed for his talent, technique and musicality, he later began teaching overseas at major music learning centers including the Cleveland Conservatory and Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Harada returned to Tokyo in 1983 and has since formed several other notable chamber music ensembles among them NADA and Mito Quartet. He has performed at numerous music festivals, among them, Aspen Music Festival, Nagano-Aspen Music Festival, the Ishikawa Music Academy and Kurashiki Music Festival.

Received acclaim also as a conductor, Koichi Harada often appears with the New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kioi Sinfonietta, Tokyo among others.

In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Harada is a Professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and has been invited as a jury member to many international competitions: Concours Music International Reine Elisabeth de Belgique, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Concorso Internazionale Di Violino "Premio N. Paganini", Concours International de Violin "Henryk Wieniawski". In 2005, he was president of the jury of the Concours International Long-Thibaud

Nam-Yun Kim

Nam Yun Kim's international career as a soloists began after her studies in Seoul and in New York under Felix Galimir and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and winning top awards at numerous competitions including the Tibor Varga in Switzerland. She has performed with major orchestras in London, St. Petersburg, Singapore, and Seoul and has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has recorded all of the Mozart violin concertos with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra.

A devoted teacher, Ms. Kim serves as a professor and dean at the Korean National University of Arts. She gives master classes worldwide and adjudicates the most important international competitions. In recognition of her achievements in both Korea and abroad, she received the Nan-Pa Music Award and the Ok-Kwan Medal from the Korean government.


Nicholas Kitchen

Nicholas Kitchen leads a many-faceted career as violin soloist, chamber musician, educator, video artist, arranger, arts administrator and technology innovator.

Nicholas has performed in many of the world¡¯s great concert halls, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zurich, Wigmore Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington. In 1989 Nicholas founded the Borromeo String Quartet. The Quartet studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where the Borromeo Quartet has now been Faculty Quartet in Residence for 25 years. The quartet has also been in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the last 25 years. Nicholas has also taught frequently for ProQuartet in Paris. The Borromeo Quartet was ensemble in residence for NPR¡¯s Performance Today, and also worked extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. With the Borromeo Quartet Nicholas received top prizes in the Evian International Quartet Competition, received the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Avery Fischer Career Grant and the Martin E. Siegel Award. The Borromeo Quartet also were winners in the Young Concert Artist Awards. Nicholas was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and received the Albert Schweitzer Medallion for Artistry.

Nicholas has been active expanding the repertoire for string quartet arranging Bach¡¯s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 for string quartet as well as numerous Bach organ works. He has also transcribed for string quartet music by the great jazz pianist Bill Evans. Nicholas has created programs for school children to learn about the structure of classical music and combine it with techniques of animation and film making. In these programs the students create a video which is eventually shown in synchronization with live performance. Nicholas created and supervised a program called MatheMusica for KidZNotes in Durham, North Carolina funded by the North Carolina Arts Council. This program teaches mathematics, science and music in an integrated curriculum. Nicholas has been an innovator in the use of technology, pioneering the use of homemade USB page-turning pedals in order to always read from the complete score. This has lead often to the opportunity to read from the composer¡¯s manuscript, something which has yielded quite startling new information. Nicholas often shares this information in multi-media presentations where not only are these masterworks performed but the audience is brought into direct contact with the composer¡¯s creative process.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Living Archive which for many years allowed audience members to order CDs and DVDs of the concerts they had just attended. Presently Living Archive is reconstituting itself to become and extensive music learning website featuring media from live performance. Nicholas was Artistic Director for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival for six years. Nicholas grew up in Durham, North Carolin where his mother teaches violin and founded and directed the Duke University String School. His father, a pianist and organist and Duke math professor, has run, for nearly 50 years the extensive music program of St. Stephen¡¯s Episcopal Church.

Nicholas performs on the Szymon Goldberg Baron Vitta Guarneri del Gesu. Nicholas worked extensively with Szymon Goldberg at the Curtis Institute of Music and his violin was donated to the Library of Congress by his wife, pianist Miyoko Yamane Goldberg. It was donated on the condition that Nicholas would perform with the instrument and serve as a proponent for the extraordinary artistic principles connected with Szymon Goldberg¡¯s artistry and teaching.

Dong-Uck Kim

Violinist Dong-Uck Kim began his violin studies when he was five years old in Korea. Among early honors as a performer he won the music association of Korea competition. Mr.kim has served as the concertmaster of Busan Philharmonic Orchestra for 13years from his age 27. It was the youngest concertmaster in Korean orchestral history.

As the soloist he played with LosAngeles Chamber Orchestra, Chernihiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine , Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kumming Symphony in China, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeju Philharmonic orchestra, U.K.O. orchestra, Busan Symphony Orchestra, and Busan sinfonietta. As the chamber musician he played with James Buswell, Masuko Ushioda, Jerusalem Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, among others. His violin training includes completing his undergraduate studies in Kyung Won university, and the Korean National University of Arts, where he studied with Nam- Yun Kim while completing the masters degree in violin. He moved to US, he graduated Manhattan School of Music completing the masters degree of orchestra performance. His was the student of Nam Yun Kim, Glenn Dicterow(concert master of NY Phil.), Sheryl Staples and David Gilbert.

Mr.kim performs internationally as a violin soloist and chamber musician with recent tours of US , Japan ,China, Indonesia, Finland, Ukraine and Taiwan.

Currently he is the professor of Pusan National University in Korea. and the leader of Busan chamber music society as well


JiYoung Lim

First Prize of 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition Bronze Medalist of 2014 the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

¡°.. an impressive arsenal of strengths ? a range of colors that extended from a brilliant shimmer on top to an almost viola-like richness and graininess on the bottom, the ability to race from one end of the finger-board to the other with a tap dancer¡¯s agility and precision, a dramatic flair and an inclination. ..¡±
By Joan Reinthaler by from The Washington Post (Nov. 2015)

Violinist Ji Young Lim has become a star since she won the first prize of Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015. She has been known her brilliant talents and fruitful musicality in many domestic and international competitions; in 2011, third laureate of the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition, she won both the Ishikawa Music Award in Japan and the Great Mountains Concerto Competition in Korea, 2012. In 2013, she won the MIMC Prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition.
She also won the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (2014) and received the Mozart special prize.

Ms. Lim has been invited to many famous festivals and concert series, such as Great Mountains Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Festival, concert series of Seoul Arts Center, etc.

Highlights of Ms. Lim¡¯s 2015/2016 would include concerto concerts with Orchestra Philharmonique Royal de Liege, Brussels Philharmonic (Belgium), Taipei Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Pozna? Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Luxembourg Philharmonie (Luxembourg), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and special recitals during HongKong Arts Festival 2016, etc.

Ms. Lim started to play the violin when she was only 7 years old. She was accepted to Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and has continued her study with Nam Yun Kim at the Korea National University of Art since.

She plays the 1708 Stradivarius Violin ¡°Huggins¡± on loan from Nippon Music Foundation as part of the prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015.