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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
San Domenico alum Niki Fukada is a brilliant young violinist and experienced teacher. Finishing her Master Degree at SMU Niki was a TA at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and last year at Chee-Yun & Friends Festival. We are proud to welcome her as our youngest member of the faculty!