Susan Bates recalls how the program evolved....

The concept for Young Chamber Musicians has existed as long as I've been coaching chamber music, but creating a program with all the key ingredients - coaching, group rehearsal, master classes, student performances and exposure to live chamber music performances - has been a challenge to achieve; and like most programs, it has taken some years to include a balance of all ingredients. 
Thanks to Music at Kohl Mansion and its Executive Director, Patricia Kristof Moy, we have become an important part of MAKM's education programming; and as a part of a chamber music presenting series, YCM engage its students as both performers and listeners.  Through our collaborative master classes, overture performances, and the annual Finale Concert our students today have access to chamber music tradition, professional artists and supportive audiences.  In 2015, Young Chamber Musicians became residents at Kohl Mansion for all of its activity - coaching and performances - giving our program a real home.

Past Guest Artists and Ensembles

VIOLIN Ian Swensen, Jory Fankuchen, Yuna Lee  VIOLA Toby Appel, Yun Jie Liu, Geraldine Walther, CELLO Chris Costanza, Angela Lee, Andy Luchansky, Nancy Skei, Vicky Wang  PIANO David Gross, Melinda Lee Masur, Mimi Lee, Mack McCray, Jon Nakamatsu, Jeffrey Sykes, Michael Tan, Joyce Yang, Andrew von Oeyen,

ENSEMBLES  The Afiara String Quartet, Catalyst String Quartet, Alexander String Quartet, Altius Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio, Ariel String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Cypress String Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, Ensō Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Harlem Quartet, Henschel Quartet, Horszowski Trio, Israeli Chamber Project, Jasper String Quartet, The Lee Trio, Lysander Piano Trio, Miró Quartet, St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, Telegraph Quartet, Trio Cavatina, Trio con brio Copenhagen, Ying Quartet.

2016-2017 Ensembles

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Claudius Quartet

Andrew Lee, Ellie Kanayama, Rebecca Christainsen, Euan Shields

Galante Prize Competition - First Prize

Works by Schubert, Ginastera, Beethoven, Ravel

Performance- "Dance" by Ali Zadeh, Fifty for the Future sponsored by the Kronos Quartet

Master Class:  Ensō Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

Amara String Quartet

Sean Mori, Sofie Kanayama, Kathleen Navas, Theresa Lee

Works by Beethoven, Borodin, Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak

Master Classes:  Jasper Quartet, Ying Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cypress Trio

Davis You, Karina Tseng, Aaron Hsia

Works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Smetana

Master Class:  Horszowski Trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinnacle Trio

Yoonsoo Cha, Victor Lin, Michael Song

Works by Dvorak, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Turina

Master Class: Andrew von Oeyen, Hermitage Piano Trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trio Animato

Jaime An, Cameron Akioka, Emily Gao

Works by Schumann, Ravel, Beethoven, Roussel

Master Classes: Mack Mc Cray, Hermitage Piano Trio

Trio Mariposa

Natalie Lin, Grace Huh, Leslie Jin

Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Arensky

Master Classes:  Jeffrey Sykes, Mack McCray

Overture Performance

 

2015-2016 Ensembles

Adeline String Quartet

Hesoo Cha, Astrid Jensen, violin - James Ahn, cello - Patricia Tang, viola

Repertoire:  Haydn Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise - Mendelssohn Op. 13 -  Prokofiev No. 2

String Quartet Master Class with the CATALYST QUARTET featuring the Adeline Qt

November 2015

Adeline Quartet enters the Miró Quartet Transcendence Education Project with a their thoughts on musical transcendence in chamber music!  

Adeline Piano Quintet 2016

Alex Chien, piano - Hesoo Cha, Astrid Jensen, violin - James Ahn, cello - Patricia Tang, viola

Repertoire: Dvorak Op. 81

EVEREST PIANO TRIO

Ellie Kanayama, violin - Victor Lin, piano - Theresa Lee, cello

Repertoire:  Beethoven Op. 1/2, Arensky No. 1,  Smetana Op. 15, Brahms C major Op. 87

KALANI STRING QUARTET

Robert Chien, violin - Kathleen Navas, violin - Rachel Broweleit, cello, Yoonsoo Cha, viola

Repertoire:  Haydn Op. 74/3 Rider, Dvorak Op. 96 American, Mendelssohn Op. 81, Shostakovich Quartet No. 8

The Sophos Trio 2016

PRIZE WINNER - 1st Place - GALANTE PRIZE COMPETITION 2016

HANA MIZUTA, piano     ANDREW LEE, violin      JEREMY TAI, cello

Beethoven, Shoenfield, Smetana

TRIO VOLARE

PRIZE WINNER - 2nd Place - GALANTE PRIZE COMPETITION 2016

Cami Akioka, piano - Jo Griffin, violin - Hannah Scarborough, cello

Schubert Bb Sonata, D. 28,  Mendelssohn Op. 66,  Ravel Trio

 

2014-2015 Ensembles

The Sophos Trio

HANA MIZUTA, piano     ANDREW LEE, violin      JEREMY TAI, cello

Beethoven in his own Hand, a residency of the BORROMEO String Quartet and Young Chamber Musicians, April 2015

Finale Concert, May 21, 2015

REPERTOIRE

Trio Op. 65Dvorak, Trio Op. 67  Shostakovich, Trio Op. 70/1  "Ghost"  Beethoven, Cafe Music  Paul Shoenfield

 

The Aye Trio

Winners - First Prize - GALANTE PRIZE

Winners - Second Prize - ENKOR Chamber Music Competition 2014

ALEX CHIEN, piano    HESOO CHA, violin    ELENA ARIZA, cello  

MASTER CLASSES
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet - October 12, 2014
Pianist Melinda Lee Masur - March 29, 2015

RECITAL

The Stratford Retirement Community December 12, 2014. 

Beethoven in his own Hand, a residency of the BORROMEO String Quartet and Young Chamber Musicians, April 2015

PERFORMANCE

Winter Solstice Concert, December 21, 2014

Finale Concert, May 21, 2015

REPERTOIRE

Trio Op. 22 Hummel, Trio Op. 8 Brahms, Spring - Piazzolla,

Trio Op. 70/1  Beethoven

 

  The Saratoga String Quartet  AKU SORENSEN, violin    JASON MOON, violin     LINUS LU, viola     IRENE JEONG, cello             MASTER CLASSES  Escher String Quartet, November 16, 2014 Christopher Costanza, January 11, 2015.   Beethoven in his own Hand, a residency of the BORROMEO String Quartet and Young Chamber Musicians, April 2015 PERFORMANCE Winter Solstice Concert, December 21, 2014 Finale Concert, May 21, 2015 REPERTOIRE Quartettsatz Schubert, String Quartet #2 Prokofiev, String Quartet Op. 95  Beethoven, Eternal Sunrise Linus Lu  

 

The Saratoga String Quartet

 AKU SORENSEN, violin    JASON MOON, violin     LINUS LU, viola     IRENE JEONG, cello            

MASTER CLASSES 
Escher String Quartet, November 16, 2014
Christopher Costanza, January 11, 2015.  

Beethoven in his own Hand, a residency of the BORROMEO String Quartet and Young Chamber Musicians, April 2015

PERFORMANCE

Winter Solstice Concert, December 21, 2014

Finale Concert, May 21, 2015

REPERTOIRE

Quartettsatz Schubert, String Quartet #2 Prokofiev,

String Quartet Op. 95  Beethoven, Eternal Sunrise Linus Lu

 

SOPHOS TRIO

SEE ABOVE 

2013-2014 Ensembles                                                                              

THE AYE TRIO

 

Young-Hye Lee, violin  

Alex Chien, piano  

Elena Ariza, cello                                       

 

Repertoire   Beethoven Op. 11, Dvorak  "Dumky" Trio

Master Class Trio Cavatina, David Finckel, cello

Performances Music Day 2013, Finale

 

Galante Prize Finalist                                              

 

                 CHIAROSCURO STRING QUARTET                                                        Winner, The Galante Prize 2014 

William Tsutomu Copeland, violin  

Isabella Costanza, violin   

                                Clara Chan, viola    

                               Irene Jeong, cello                                                                  

 Haydn, Op. 74 'Kaiser" 

Beethoven Op. 74 

Ravel Quartet

Master Class Miró Quartet, David Finckel, cello

Performances Harvard Club, Stanford University, Kohl Donor Dinner, Finale

 

 

The TAL TRIO

Taiga Murooka, violin    Linus Lu, viola   James Ahn, cello

Repertoire  Beethoven Trio Op. 9 in c minor and Dohnanyi Serenade 

Master Class  Brentano String Quartet, SF State,  Ariel String Quartet, Kohl Mansion  

Performances December Concert, Home of Roy and Katherine Bukstein, Finale         

WANG-TAI-LEE TRIO   

Andrew Lee, violin   Vivian Wang, piano  Jeremy Tai, cello                                                  

Repertoire Beethoven, Op. 70/1 Ghost - Smetana Trio in G minor

Overture Performance Kohl Mansion, January 2014

Master Class Henschel String Quartett

Performances Stratford Community ConcertFinale

                                                      

2012-2013  YCM Ensembles

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Elara String Trio & Piano Quartet

Lily Tsai violin  Nayeon Kim viola   
Hannah Kim cello  Vivian Wang piano 

Beethoven Op. 9/3  Fauré Op. 15

Master Classes 
Ying Quartet, Jon Nakamatsu,

Guest Coach David Gross
Performances  
Chamber Music Day, Harvard Club, Kohl Overture, Finale

 

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Verbena Quintet

Inga Liu, Freya Liu violin
Clara Chan, Emily Liu viola  
Irene Jeong cello

Mozart K. 512, Dvorak Op. 97, Brahms Op. 111

Master Classes 
Toby Appel & Alexander String Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio

 

Performances  

Chamber Music Day, Harvard Club, Kohl Overture, Klein Strings Attached, Finale

I was incredibly impressed with the Verbena Quintet and what they were able to act upon in such a short time. Totally terrific and lovely and gifted kids.
— Toby Appel, violist, The Juilliard School

2011-2012  YCM Ensembles

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The "Real"
Mendelssohn Octet 

The Borromeo Quartet & Young Chamber Musicians
Yujin Ariza, Ethan Tsai, violin  
Emily Liu, viola  Jeffery Kwong, cello

Using laptop computers to access the composer's original manuscript score, the Octet performs the 1825 pre-publication version of Mendelssohn's masterpiece.

Performances 

March 29, 2012  San Francisco State University and April 1, 2012 Kohl Mansion 

This evenings “event” with the Borromeo Quartet and Young Chamber Musicians was extraordinary. I was honored and truly thrilled, (on behalf of the ASQ), to be present to hear and see this inspiring performance and discussion. I know how very hard everyone worked to make this happen and I hope you all realize what a fantastic gift you gave to everyone present tonight.
— Fred Lifsitz, Alexander String Quartet

The Elara String Quartet

Lily Tsai, Christy Chen, violin
Nayeon Kim, viola  Stephanie Tsai, cello

Beethoven Op. 18/6, Mendelssohn Op. 13, Dvorak Op. 96, Philip Glass #3

 

Finalists,
Mondavi Young Artists Competition 2012

Master Classes  Cavani Quartet, Afiara String Quartet
Guest Coach      Christopher Costanza, St. Lawrence String Quartet    
Performances    Finale

 

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2010-2011  YCM Ensembles

 

 

The Mandala String Quartet

Ethan Tsai, Kathleen Chen, violin 
Clara Chan, viola  Minku Lee, cello

Mozart K. 458, Schubert Op. 29,
Borodin #2, Shostakovich #7

Master Classes  Cavani Quartet, Cypress Quartet

 

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The Bartok Quartet 

Alexi Kenney, Reina Murooka violin  Allie Simpson viola  Stephanie Tsai cello

Bartok String Quartet No
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Master Class  Miró Quartet

              

 

 

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The Young Musicians Quartet

Tim Yu, Christy Chen, violin 
Nayeon Kim, viola  Eunice Kim, cello

Dvorak Op. 96, Shostakovich #8

Master Classes  Daedalus Quartet, San Mateo Public Library

  

 

2009-2010  YCM Ensembles

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Genius & Youth - The Mendelssohn Octet, Op. 20 (1832) 


A day-long exploration and performance of the Mendelssohn Octet led by guest coach IAN SWENSEN
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library

violin   Zenas Hsu, Alexi Kenney, Eunice Kim, Kenneth Renshaw (rotating) 
viola Allie Simpson, Christy Simpson
cello    Will Chow, Tessa Seymour

 

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Celebrating Brahms

A Birthday Reading Session of the Brahms Op. 18 led by ANGELA CHOONG, violist Hausmann Quartet

Alexi Kenney, Lily Tsai, Stephanie Tsai, Eunice Kim, Angela Choong, Allie Simpson

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Spring 2008  Young Chamber Musicians

Reading Sextets   Tchaikovsky & Brahms led by Susan Bates

Eunice Kim, Christy Lopez violin  Morgan O'Shaughnessy, Ivo Bolvik viola  
Jasmine Lau, Tessa Seymour cello

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