Filip Pogády is one of the most promising violinists of his generation and has been praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”. He has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of music across the genres, from the classical violin repertoire to Rock and Electronic.
He participated three times at Austria’s nationwide music competition “Prima la Musica” and won the 1st prize each time. He was also honored with a special prize by the Austrian String Society and the Raiffeisen Bank for extraordinary results at this competition. Since then he has performed in concert venues such as the Rudolphinum Prague, Wiener Konzerthaus, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, Brucknerhaus Linz, Ed Sullivan Theater and the Apollo Theater.
After being invited by Pinchas Zukerman personally to study with him, Filip Pogády followed his advice and earned his Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1993, James Kim has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, The Juilliard Orchestra at Carnegie Stern Auditorium, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of New England Conservatory at Jordan Hall, Camerata Virtuosi of New Jersey at Carnegie Zankel Hall, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra at Tongyeong Concert Hall, and the Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra at Changwon Arts Center, with conductors such as David Zinman, Keith Lockhart, and Michael Sanderling, among others. A recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship and Salon de Virtuosi’s Sony Foundation Grant, James Kim is the First Prize winner of the 2006 International David Popper Cello Competition held in Hungary and the concerto competitions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard School, and New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He has recently won the Third Prize and the Park Seong Yeowng Special Prize of the 2015 International Isang Yun Cello Competition held in Korea. As a result, he is presented by the Kumho Cultural Foundation at Kumho Art Hall in 2016, a return since giving his recital at the Foundation’s Young Prodigy Series in 2008. He has also been presented by Salon de Virtuosi, International Sejong Soloists, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Yale in New York, New York Piano Society, Great Mountains Music Festival’s Rising Star Series, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, WQXR’s Robert Sherman Young Artist Showcase, and National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” in concert halls such as Weill, Zankel, Steinway, Alice Tully, and Jordan, and other venues, such as Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York, Alpensia Concert Hall in Korea, and the Bennett Gordon Hall in Illinois.
Hana Mundiya made her concerto debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 13 at Avery Fisher Hall as a part of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts. In the fall of 2011, Hana performed as a soloist in a series of concerts with the Mainzer Kammerorchester in Germany; the Allgemeine Zeitung described her performance at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden as “convincing and technically impeccable”. In 2011 and 2013, Hana appeared as a guest soloist for the New York Piano Society in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and this past March, appeared with The Piano Guys at Perelman Hall at Carnegie Hall. She is currently a freshman at The Juilliard School studying with Naoko Tanaka.