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After completing her violin studies in her native South Korea, Young-Shin Choi obtained a Master's degree in music in 1998 (with violin as her option) under Professor David Kim at the Boston Conservatory in the USA. For two years she continued to study under Zinaida Gilels, gaining her G.P.C. diploma in 2000. During this time she played as first violin in the Boston Civic Orchestra. She has attended master classes with Yfrah Neaman, Zakhar Bron, Dennis Zigmundi, Gottfried Schneider, Ilya Grubert, Ilya Kaler, Moshe Hammer, Oliver Steiner, Miguel Negri, Gill Shaham, Bernard Greenhouse, Rudolphe Werthen, Dorothy DeLay and Kati Sebesteyn.

 

She has played as a soloist on several occassions, both in the United States, with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and in Korea with the Dankook University Orchestra and the Unity Chamber Orchestra. She has given a number of recitals, playing in Seoul and Boston in various chamber music ensembles. From 2002 until 2004 , Young-Shin was second violin section leader and first violin solo with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Now she is leader of the Kandinsky String Quartet. Recent credits include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Bruocsella Symphony Orchestra.

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Pianist Andrew Wise studied music at st Catharine's College, Cambridge as well as piano and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He won the Harold Craxton and the Kate Steele prizes for piano playing. He was on the music staff of the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, and developed a career as accompanist and chamber musician, playing in the major Dutch concert halls.

 

He was then appointed chorus master of the National Travelling Opera in Holland. As chorus master he worked in the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp and the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen.  He was chief conductor of the Hoofdstad Operette, Amsterda. At the moment he is a free-lance pianist, conductor and composer with a European career in Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. He is chief conductor of the Middelburg Chamber Choir and guest conductor with the Swedish National Orchestra Academy. As piano soloist he performs with the Valerius Ensemble, the Pythagoras Trio and the Argandi Piano Trio.

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