• Faculty

    Chee-Yun Kim & Friends

    In 2011 Chee-Yun Kim joined the Hawaii Performing Arts Program to initiate a chamber music program for exceptional students. A vibrant teaching team was created, and after many years of working together we are starting a new program in San Francisco Bay Area.

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    Chee-Yun Kim

    Artistic Director

    Violin

    Violinist Chee-Yun's flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.

    "This is a talented instrumentalist, with the kind of high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener's ear."

    - New York Times

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    Eugene Chukhlov

    Program Director

    Violin/Viola

    Violinist Eugene Chukhlov is applauded regularly as a soloist and orchestral player throughout the Bay Area. Eugene has over 25 years of performance and teaching experience. He is associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and teaches at both the Crowden School and San Domenico Conservatory.

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    Igor Veligan

    Assistant Director

    Violin/Viola

    Igor Veligan joined the faculty of the UOP Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2006. He holds the Master of Arts in violin performance and chamber music from Odessa State Conservatory. His primary violin teachers include Zoja Istomina and Galina Gritzenko. Mr. Veligan has studied chamber music with Oleg Shkarpitnuy and Natalya Buzanova, and has had master classes with Zakhar Bron, Liana Isakadze, and Igor Frolov.

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    Edith Szendrey

    Junior Program

    Conductor

    Canadian born violinist and violist Edith Szendrey founded the HPAF Junior Program in 2013, to the delight of many young students, parents and audiences alike. Of Hungarian roots, she holds a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of British Columbia. In addition to inspiring young musicians for over a decade, she has performed in many chamber music concerts with the San francisco Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Choral Society and the Arlekin String Quartet.
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    Patricia Shands

    Clarinet

    Clarinetist Patricia Shands has appeared to popular and critical acclaim throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Her performances have been applauded by the critics of such publications as The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Il Giornale (Milan), Fanfare, and The American Record Guide.

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    Sergei Riabtchenko

    Cello

    Sergei Riabtchenko received a Bachelors degree from Pushkin Music College in Russia, where he was the Grand Prix winner of the Moscow Young Musicians Festival. He received his Masters from the Moscow Conservatory of Music with a degree in cello performance and teaching, and a minor in composition. Sergei performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra until 1990

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