Join us on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 pm to hear a performance by violist Jordan Bak and pianist Ji Yung Lee. Mr. Bak is represented by Concert Artists Guild.
The program will be announced soon.
About the Artists
Award-winning Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is building an exciting international career as a trailblazing artist, praised for his radiant stage presence, dynamic interpretations, and fearless power. He is frequently in demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator. The 2021 YCAT Robey Artist and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a Grand Prize winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players and is a featured artist for WQXR’s Artist Propulsion Lab.
Highlights of the 2021-2022 season include recital debuts at Wigmore Hall, Merkin Concert Hall & Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series, chamber music tours with Musicians from Marlboro and CAG on Tour, and new music commissions from such composers as Tyson Davis, Shawn Okpebholo & James Ra. He has been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician in the United States at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Jordan Hall, and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others, and in Europe at the Verbier Festival, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, the Centre de Musique Hindemith, and the Helsinki Musiikkitalo.
A proud new music advocate, Bak gave the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Du gick, flög for viola and mezzo-soprano and the viola premiere of Jessica Meyer’s Excessive Use of Force. He has additionally championed works by such composers as H. Leslie Adams, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Quinn Mason, Je rey Mumford, Caroline Shaw & Alvin Singleton. Bak has been a presence at numerous chamber music festivals including the legendary Marlboro Music Festival; he has collaborated and performed with top-level ensembles including Verona Quartet and Merz Trio, and such artists as Jonathan Biss, Lara Downes, Ani Kavafian, Keith Lockhart, Charles Neidich & Marina Piccinini.
A New York native, Jordan Bak holds degrees from New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School, having studied with Hsin-Yun Huang, Dimitri Murrath and Samuel Rhodes. Bak is jointly represented by Concert Artists Guild in New York and Young Classical Artists Trust in London. In addition to his performing schedule, he has been invited to serve as returning Viola Artist Faculty for the Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, as Guest Artist Speaker for the Children’s Orchestra Society in Long Island, and as a jury member for the Boulder Bach Festival’s 2020 World Bach Competition. Bak is on the faculty of Opportunity Music Project in New York and served as Teaching Assistant for The Juilliard School ACHT Viola Studio.
Ji Yung Lee
2nd prize and special award winner at Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, pianist and singer Ji Yung Lee has made appearances at Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center. She has also captivated audiences via numerous radio broadcasts including WQXR, MPR and WFMT. She recently joined Victory Hall Opera as its first official pianist-in-residence, with the title of Chief Repetiteur. Her upcoming engagements during the 2021-22 season include a U.S. tour with violist Jordan Bak at venues such as Merkin Concert Hall.
Ji Yung received her Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School, studying collaborative piano with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Diane Richardson, and J. J. Penna. She also studied voice with Cynthia Hoffmann as secondary study. During her study, she had various recitals including one where she performed in both as a pianist and singer, playing J. Brahms’ Vier Ernste Gesänge and R. Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben, and singing R. Strauss’ Mädchenblumen.
Ji Yung received her Master’s Degree and Graduate Diploma in collaborative piano with academic honors at New England Conservatory, studying with Cameron Stowe and Jonathan Feldman. She performed Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Poulenc’s Dialogues de Carmelites as an orchestral pianist for Graduate Opera Studies. As an opera coach and a pianist for Undergraduate Opera Studies, she also performed Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the opera scene programs. She performed with NEC Percussion Ensemble as a guest artist under the baton of Frank Epstein. Ji Yung received her Bachelor’s degree at Yonsei University in Korea, majoring in choral conducting, studying with Ickhyun Cho and Haeock Eunice Kim Bang. She participated in conducting masterclasses led by Donald Neuen and Simon Carrington as both conductor and pianist. She also studied Organ with Hyeyoung Lee and voice with Hyunjoo Jung.
Ji Yung began her artistic studies with Young Hwa Yoon at Sunhwa Arts School and Seoul Arts High School. As a young pianist, she was a prizewinner in both Korean American National Competition and Piano Duo Association of Korea Competition.
About the Concert
Our concerts take place in a southern Rhode Island home near the village of Peace Dale. Our street address is 103 North Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.
This performance begins at 2:00 pm. If your schedule permits, please join us one hour before the performance for a discussion about the music on the program. After the performance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their background, interests, and activities.
Advance reservations are required. If you’d like to attend this concert, send us an email and tell us who’s coming. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If not, we’ll add you to the waiting list. If you have a confirmed reservation and you later decide not to attend, please let us know so others can take your place.
The suggested contribution is $40 per person. If your resources are limited, please contribute whatever you can afford. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
IMPORTANT: As a precaution during the current pandemic, we’d like everyone attending this concert to be fully vaccinated and symptom-free. Please make sure that everyone in your party gets this message.
Seating capacity for this concert: 20