Artists 2018-05-21T17:23:42+00:00

OUR ARTISTS

Brian Hong
Brian Hong
Violinist Brian Hong received his M.M. under the guidance of Laurie Smukler and Li Lin at the Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He received a B.M. in violin performance from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. Past mentors include Sergiu Schwartz, Zvi Zeitlin, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. As soloist, he has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Chesapeake Orchestra, U.S. Army Orchestra, and National Philharmonic, and he has won first prizes in the 2012 national finals of the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, 2016 American String Teacher’s Association Competition, Hellam National Young Artist’s Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. Mr. Hong has also appeared on NPR’s From the Top program.

As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Taos School of Music, Perlman Music Program, and Kneisel Hall. Highlights of his 2016-2017 season included solo performances of the Schoenberg and Mendelssohn violin concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony of Missouri, respectively, as well as studies with Steven Isserlis at IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England. In the fall, Brian will begin his studies with Laurie Smukler and Donald Weilerstein in the Artist Diploma program at Juilliard, as well as starting a two-year engagement with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect.

Tomer Gewirtzman
Tomer Gewirtzman
Hailed by The Washington Post as an artist of “formidable virtuosity and stylistic sensitivity,” pianist Tomer Gewirtzman will perform the Bartók Concerto No. 3 at Carnegie Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by David Robertson, as winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition, in April 2018. He has previously appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in his native Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic; with Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg; and throughout the United States including the symphonies of Shreveport, Charlottesville, Bucks County, and South Arkansas.

In recital, he has performed at London’s Steinway Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, DC. He has also performed at U.S. music festivals including Bravo! Vail, Aspen, PianoFest in the Hamptons, New York’s International Keyboard Institute Festival and at festivals in Italy, Belgium and Germany. At the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Gewirtzman won First Prize and five special performance prizes. Other recognition includes First Prize at the Louisiana’s Wideman International Piano Competition, the Piano Prize and Audience Prize at the America – Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competition, and First Prizes at many competitions in Israel.

Mr. Gewirtzman started his piano studies at the age of eight with Raaya Shpol at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, and continued with Vadim Monastirski from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. From 2008 to 2011, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces where he combined military service with music studies with Arie Vardi. He earned his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, working with Sergei Babayan, where he received the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He continues his studies at Juilliard in the Artist Diploma program.

Winston Choi
Winston Choi
Winston Choi is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. His professional career was launched when he was named the Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans. His solo, collaborative, chamber and concerto appearances have taken him across 4 continents.

Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, the Library of Congress, Merkin Recital Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, the Strasbourg Festival, and at IRCAM. His debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine: “…sheer élan and pianistic devilment…” He can also be heard on the Albany, Arktos, BIS, la Buisonne, Crystal, Intrada, Naxos and QuadroFrame labels.

Alexander Hersh
Alexander Hersh
Since making his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops in 2015, cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as a rising young talent. He has received numerous awards at both national and international competitions and has been heard at music festivals worldwide including: Caramoor, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, I-M-S Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennial, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Recents highlights have included his Carnegie Weill Hall debut, a “Three-generation” Hersh Trio performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto for the opening night of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season, a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, as well as recital and chamber music appearances in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Blonay, and Berlin.

Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He received his B.M. and M.M. from New England Conservatory (with academic honors) and is also a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe fund for studies in Europe during the 2017 – 2018 academic year where he works with Nicolas Altstaedt at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin. His previous teachers have included: Laurence Lesser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Paul Katz and Kim Kashkashian. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello on generous loan from a sponsor through Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago, IL.

Jesse Morrison
Jesse Morrison
Violist Jesse Morrison is currently a freelance musician based in Toronto. He recently graduated with a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, studying with Kim Kashkashian. During his time at NEC, Jesse was the winner of the NEC Concerto Competition in 2017 with the Bartók Viola Concerto and the Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2016 with Britten’s Lachrymae. Recipient of the 2016 Sylva Gelber Award, Mr. Morrison is an avid chamber musician and is an alumnus of festivals such as Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, the Banff Centre and Domaine Forget. He was a member of the Neruda String Quartet in 2015-16, which won the chamber music competition at NEC, resulting in a debut recital in Jordan Hall. Additionally, from 2011-2015, he was the violist in the Arkadas String Quartet, a Toronto-based ensemble which won the Felix Galimir Award at the University of Toronto.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Jesse received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under Teng Li and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School under Steven Dann. An active supporter of outreach and community engagement, Jesse was an intern for Music for Food (2015-17), a ground-breaking organization focused on raising resources to support unprivileged communities in Boston.