Soojin Han Our soloist for December 1st playing Beethoven’s violin concerto.
‘Soojin is a wonderful violinist with extraordinary subtlety and great expressiveness…and remarkable instrumental mastery’- Gidon Kremer
Born in Korea, Soojin moved to the UK when she was two. She began the violin at the age of eight and entered the Yehudi Menuhin School before transferring to the Purcell School under Felix Andrievsky’s tutelage. After graduating, she took lessons with Zakhar Bron and mentor Kyung-Wha Chung. She studied at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music in London and is also an alumni of Kronberg Academy (Further Masters) where she worked with Ana Chumachenco.
Soojin has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, Zhejiang Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, L’Ensemble Ricercata de Paris, and has given concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East in venues including nearly all of the major London concert halls, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall, Operacity and Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Hangzhou Grand Theatre and the Sejong Arts Centre, Seoul. Her performances have been broadcast live on Polish, Dutch, Korean and US Radio.
Soojin won 2nd prize as the youngest competitor and the youngest ever top prize winner at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition 2001 in Poznan, Poland where she was also awarded 7 other special prizes including the Critics and Journalists Prize and the Polish Radio Listener’s Award. She also won first prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition 2002 and the Bayreuth International Competition 2006. Other awards include the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Manoug Parikian Prize 2001, Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Award 2002, the LSO Scholarship Competition 2002, Martin Music Scholarships, and Hattori Foundation Scholarships, an Allcard Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2008 and a Countess of Munster award 2008.
Her love of chamber music has taken her on several occasions to participate in Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, Cornwall since 2003.
She has performed with such artists as Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Frans Helmerson.
Hee-Jin Kwon played Sibelius violin concerto at TP’s 16 June 2018 concert. A graduate of Seoul National University, has won many prizes: among others The Music Education News Competition (grand prize), Yaejin Music Competition (1st), Haneum Contest (1st). Notable performances include the three violin sonatas of Brahms at the Samick Art Hall, recitals at the Youngsan Art Hall, and at the MusicAlp and Vivace Festivals. Kwon has participated in masterclasses of Igor Ozim, Sergey Kravchenko,
Mi-kyung Lee, Ye-Eun Choi, and Tong Wei-Dong. Currently she is pursuing her postgraduate degree at her Alma mater under the tutelage of Prof. Kyung-Sun Lee.
SongHa Choi was the winner of Senior 2nd prize and the Audience prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2016. She has won a number of national and international competitions including the 1st prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin, Hanguk-ilbo, Eumyeon Music and Buam Music competitions. She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including Yongin Philharmonie Orchestra, Thames Philharmonia, RAM Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia of Cambridge.
Emily Trubshaw started playing the violin at the age of 6 with Clare Kennington. After obtaining distinction in grade 8 at the age of 13 Emily achieved her ABRSM diploma at the age of 15. She was a finalist of the national Pro Corda competition in 2017 and at the age of only 16, Emily played the Bruch violin concerto with the Thames Philharmonia on the 13 May 2017.
Born in South Korea, Victoria Baek began learning violin and piano at the age of three, and at the age of eight, began to play the violin as a professional. At the age of 15 she moved to Russia to study with A.M Kazarina, professor at St.Petersburg, graduating with distinction. After finishing her studies in Russia, she studied with Jacqueline Ross at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As a soloist, Victoria has captivated audiences and music critics alike with her dynamic and engaging performances. Her list of national and international competition successes is considerable Victoria has performed at many notable venues, including Tchaikovsky Great Hall, Sage Gateshead, Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and many others. Victoria played the Sohal concerto and The Lark Ascending with us on the 13 March 2017.
Born in London, Lisa Izumi (violin) studied music at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and at the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music, where she earned “with Honours” degrees for solo violin performance. She went on to study with Pavel Vernikov and Julian Rachlin at the Vienna Private Conservatory. Lisa won many international prizes and more recently has been engaged as a recitalist performing in London, Vienna, Venice, Tokyo, Nagoya, Oita and Osaka. Lisa plays on an 1847 Giuseppe Rocca violin and her bow is made by Eugène Sartory. Lisa played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Thames Philharmonia on the 3 December 2016.
Tamara Ravenhill (soprano) is a regular contributor at Thames Philharmonia events. Her roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel opera and the countess in the Marriage of Figaro, but she is equally brilliant at singing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder as she is singing Korean folk songs (Arirang from UNESCO’s intangible heritage list).
She began her vocal studies with Lyudmila Tretiak in the Ukraine and then with Dodi Protero in New York and Enid Hartle in London.
In 2005 she was awarded a Prize for Musical Achievement Golden Orpheus by the Ukrainian Art Foundation of Kiev, and the winner of the 2008 Isobel Baillie cup at the Oxford music festival.
Olivia Scheepers (violin) studied at the Royal College of Music under Natalia Lomeiko. She has won prizes at the North London Festival, the Marlow Music Festival, Hatfield & District Music Festival in London and at the Mozart di Terni Festival in Italy.
Olivia played the violin in the Brahms Double concerto at our March 2014 concert.
Yuki Ito (cello) first came to international prominence when he won 1st prize at both the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and the prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition in the UK at age 21. He played in the Brahms Double concerto for violin and cello at our March 2014 concert.
The cello playing of Christina Meißner is an encounter that dissipates rigid conceptions in favour of a refreshing experience. A celebration of music for all of life’s sounds. Letting these become audible in their quality means exploring the depths of existence. Necessary for this is courage and openness. With devoted presence, Christina Meißner creates artistic regions that in their character are distinctive and worth listening to.She will be playing the Dvorák concerto at our June 2016 concert.
Haim Choi studied violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Professor Simon Fischer and while there worked with and played for many highly regarded musicians including Zakhar Bron, Lewis Kaplan, Zvi Zeitlin, Wihan Quartet, Tasmin Little, Jeremy Menuhin. Alina Ibragimova and Heinrich Schiff. She is currently an Orpheus Scholar at the Royal College of Music studying with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. Haim has performed in many leading venues in London, Amsterdam and Seoul and is a Cultural ambassador of UNESCO of Korea. She played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto and Saint-Saens concerto no.3, Op.61 with us in 2013 and 2016 respectively.