Born in South Korea, Young Ik Jang is currently a doctoral student with Julian Gray at Shenandoah University. Among other recent accomplishments, Jang recently took home second place in the prestigious Schadt String Competition (WCGS 2016-17 artist Alec Holcomb took 3rd). Jang’s program will include solo works, as well as the first concerto we’ll have the pleasure of presenting, accompanied by pianist Bo-Kyung Hwang!
Works by Bach, Giuliani, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Guest Opening Artist: Benjamin Pasternak, winner of the High School Division of the 2017 PCGS Guitar Competition
This concert will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.
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Korean Guitarist Young Ik Jang, is a musician, who continuously prove his musical passion at numerous music festivals, mainly in Maryland, New York, Virginia, and District of Columbia. His musical involvement includes performance at Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship series at Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland, and his recent achievement of winning second-prize at Edwin H. & Leigh W. Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania offered him generous opportunities to represent his musical passion at many concerts. Young Ik is also internationally active, which he was invited at Sungshin Women University in South Korea as guest artist.
Young Ik’s first musical experience occurred at age of four by learning piano, and later decided to pursue his musical career with classical guitar at age of ten. Furthermore, Young Ik attended the well acknowledged art school in South Korea, called “Yewon School” in Seoul, and achieved first-prize at Seoul Baroque Competition under the guidance of the alumni of Peabody Conservatory, Byeong-woo Lee. With his sagacious advice, Young Ik decided to study abroad in United States of America, and attended “Idyllwild Arts Academy” in Idyllwild, California while studying classical guitar under Kenton Youngstrom. Young Ik was later accepted at the studio of Professor Julian Gray at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland with enormous scholarship award, and pursued Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, while receiving the position of Teaching Assistant.
Beside as soloist, Young Ik’s musical passion is also well represented as ensemble, which his quartet often received positive acknowledgement at Guitar Foundation of America in New York Regional Symposium in 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, Young Ik’s quartet was awarded as winner of “Small ensemble showcase” competition at Guitar Foundation of America in Denver, Colorado in 2016.
Young Ik has also been participating in the field of composition, which he performed at Computer Music Consort occurred in 2014 at Peabody Conservatory, and working as film scoring engineer in South Korean movie industry since 2012 with several movies: ‘Ode to My Father,’ ‘The Face Reader,’ ‘Perfect Number,’ and ‘The Neighbors.’
Young Ik is currently active as soloist and chamber artist since being member of Phoenix Arts Management in 2014, and concentrating on performance and composition while pursuing Doctoral of Musical Art at Shenandoah University with full-scholarship and Teaching Assistant position.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, 27-year old pianist Bo-Kyung Hwang has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Bo-Kyung made her professional concerto debut in 2002, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, she made her solo recital debut at The Mozart Hall in Seoul. She has also performed with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in Michigan and selected to perform Beethoven Sonata, Op. 110 to great acclaim at the 2009 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Arizona on a program of outstanding students from Korea. Recent performances throughout England, Italy, Austria, and the United States have taken Ms. Bo-Kyung to many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues in cities such as Naples, Amalfi Coast, Salzburg, London, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York, Arizona, Michigan, Washington D.C, Maryland, Virginia, Main, and Florida.
Ms. Bo-Kyung has won numerous awards including the first prize at the 32nd International Young Artist Piano Competition and premiered Kaleidoscope by Li-Ly Chang. Ms. Bo-Kyung is also a prize recipient of the Pauline Favin Memorial Award in Solo Piano and the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying and from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She was also received a full-tuition Collaborative fellowship from Bowdoin Festival.
As a soloist, She has performed in many master classes for Aldo Ciccolini, Richard Goode, Ian Hobson, John Perry, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Jin Woo Jung, Leon Fleisher, the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano at Johns Hopkins University as well as the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors and subject of the 2006 Oscar-nominated short documentary Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story. As a chamber musician, she has performed in master classes for Garrick Ohlsson, Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra.
In her chamber career, she collaborated with numerous artists and served as a studio pianist for the studios of Soovin Kim (Violin faculty at New England Conservatory, Former Violin Faculty at Peabody Institute and Stony Brook University), Alan Stepansky (Cello Faculty at Peabody Institute, Former Cello Faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Former Cellist at New York Philharmonic Orchestra), Blair Milton (Violinist at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Violin Faculty at Northwestern University), Hans Jensen (Cello Faculty at Northwestern University), Anthony McGill (Former Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Clarinet Faculty at Peabody Institute). Ms. Bo-Kyung is currently assisting as a studio pianist of Jonathan Snowden (Former principal flutist at London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Flute faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory)
Although born in South Korea, She received most of her early musical training in many countries including Mozarteum Summer Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria, The Piano festival in London, England, Amalfi Coast Music festival in Italy, Interlochen Arts Academy under T.J.Lymenstull in Michigan, the United States, and Korea National University of Arts of Music Preparatory Division in Korea.
Ms. Bo-Kyung received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under renowned pianist and professor, YongHi Moon. She received her Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University. Attending Northwestern University on a full-tuition scholarship, she studied under the guidance of Steinway artist and Professor, Alan Chow. Other chamber coaches and mentors include Sylvia Wang, Elizabeth Buccheri, Nancy Stagnitta, Octavio Mas-Arocas, Michael Kannen, Seth Knopp, Alison Wells, Soovin Kim, Blair Milton, Alan Stepansky, Hans Jensen, Anthony McGill, Doris Lederer, and Jonathan Snowden.
Ms. Bo-Kyung is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at Shenandoah Conservatory on a full-tuition scholarship and positioned as a Teaching Assistant.
For more information about this event, please visit http://www.wilmingtonguitar.org/young-ik-jang/
Wilmington Classical Guitar Season 2017-18 Concerts
September 23 - WCGS Members Showcase at Old Town Hall
October 21 - Meng Su, classical guitar with special guest Phillip Smith at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
November 18 - Boyd Meets Girl* (Rupert Boyd, classical guitar and Laura Metcalf, cello) with special guest Luke Honer at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
February 24 - Xiaobo Pu, classical guitar and Emma Resmini, flute at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
March 24 - Young Ik Jang, classical guitar with special guest Benjamin Pasternak at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
April 21 - GFA Winner's Tour Featuring Xavier Jara, classical guitar* with special guest Andrew DiGiandomenico at University of Delaware
May 26 - 6th Annual WCGS Members Concert at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
*Check our website for masterclass dates and times.