YMIC International Competition Jury Members Biography
Marina Lomazov - Piano
Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Ms. Lomazov has given performances throughout North America, South America, China, South Korea, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and in nearly all of the fifty states in the U.S.Marina Lomazov has given major debuts in New York (Weill-Carnegie Hall) Boston (Symphony Hall), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series), Los Angeles (Museum of Art), Shanghai (City Theater) and Kiev (Kiev International Music Festival). She has
performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), KUG Orchester Graz (Austria), Bollington Festival Orchestra (England), Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra and ten performances with the South Carolina Philharmonic, to name a few. New York Times chief critic Anthony Tommasini describes a recent New York performance as “dazzling” and Talk Magazine Shanghai describes her performances as “a dramatic blend of boldness and wit”. Marina Lomazov is a Steinway Artist.
In recent seasons, Lomazov has performed extensively in China, including concerts in Shenyang, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao and Yingkou. She is a frequent guest at music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Hamamatsu, Chautauqua, Brevard, Miami, Seoul, Art of the Piano, Burgos (Spain), Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Germany) and Varna (Bulgaria), among others. She has recorded for the Albany, Centaur and Innova labels and American Record Guide praised her recent recording of piano works by Rodion Shchedrin for its “breathtaking virtuosity”. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, the “Bravo” cable channel and WNYC’s “Young Artist Showcase” and her recordings have been broadcast more than 100 times by WNYC and WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago and WBGH in Boston.
Before immigrating to the United States in 1990, Marina studied at the Kiev Conservatory where she became the youngest First Prize Winner at the all- Kiev Piano Competition. Ms. Lomazov holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter bestowing upon her the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given a pianist for nearly two decades. Her principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Jerome Lowenthal and Barry Snyder. Also active as a chamber musician, Lomazov has performed widely as a member of the Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo. Praised for “demon precision and complete dedication” (Audio Society), The duo garnered significant attention as Second Prize winners at the Sixth Biennial Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists (2005), the only national duo piano competition in the United States at that time. As advocates of modern repertoire for duo piano, they have given premieres of numerous works across the United States, including several works written specifically for them.
Ms. Lomazov is a Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She has served as jury member for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, Minnesota International Piano e-Competition, National Federation Biennial Young Artist Auditions and is the chair of the National Panel for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, the organization that nominates Presidential Scholars in the arts. For 17 years she served on the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music, where she held the chair of Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts Music and where she is currently a Visiting Guest Artist. Together with her husband and piano duo partner Joseph Rackers, she co-founded and serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival in Columbia, SC. Lomazov is a Steinway Artist.
Hyesoo Jeon – Piano
Hyesoo Jeon, a pianist representing the next generation of Korean musician, has performed as a soloist internationally in Asia and Europe. She is recognized as ‘a performer who has powerful skill and high concentration’ as well as ‘a performer with the warmth of Russian pianism.’
As a soloist, Dr. Juan has performed extensively throughout the world with numerous orchestras including the St. Petersburg National Academic Philharmonic (Russia), Khabarovsk National Symphony (Russia), Stuttgart Pegasos String Quartet (Germany), Alicante Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Filarmonica Pitesti Orchestra (Romania), Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), and Prime Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea). She is invited to perform at the various concert series sponsored by Iwon Culture Center, Korea Beethoven Association, International Piano Music Association, and Korea Music Professors Association.
Dr. Juan is a top prizewinner of prestigious piano competitions, including Samik Music Competition (Korea), Dobrich-Albena International Competition (Bulgaria) and IBLA International Competition (Italy).
As a frequent jury member of major national and international competitions, Dr. Juan has been invited to serve in jury panels of the 4th Young Musician Performance International Competition (Russia), 7th Серебряқова International Competition (Russia), New York Piano Society International Piano Competition (Korea), and the International College of Arts Festival and Competition (Vietnam).
A dedicated educator, Dr. Juan serves as Professor of Piano at the Sookmyung Women’s University and served as a department chair in 2018. She has performed and taught at such festivals and institutions as Music Fest Perugia (Italy), Opava International Music Festival (Czech Republic), the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Germany), and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany).
Her students have won top prizes in numerous national and international competitions, and have been admitted into such top music schools as Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Ecole normal de Musique in Paris, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.
Dr. Juan has several published recordings on CD by Classic Mutation Company; her performances are broadcast on radio and television in Korea and Russia.
Dr. Juan holds BM, MM and DMA degrees from the Sookmyung Women’s University in Korea and Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia.
David Bowlin- Violin
David Bowlin has won critical acclaim for his performances of a wide range of repertoire from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and many others. First prize winner of the 2003 Washington International Competition, Bowlin has performed as a soloist across the U.S. and abroad including recent appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Arktisk Sinfonietta, and the La Jolla Symphony. Among his dozens of premieres are violin concerti written for him by Marcos Balter and Alexandra Hermentin, performed at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
As a chamber musician Bowlin has
performed as a guest with the Juilliard Quartet, with members of the Emerson and Brentano Quartets, and with pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and Jonathan Biss. He has made several tours with Musicians from Marlboro and has been a guest artist with many organizations, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Banff Centre, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Ojai, SongFest, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, and the Four Seasons festival.
Bowlin is a founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble and a former member of the Naumburg award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players. He has performed in guest concertmaster and principal roles with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Marlboro Festival Orchestra. On air he has performed in live broadcasts for many major stations across the U.S., and his recordings can be found on the Bridge, Naxos, New Focus, Mode, Arsis, and Oberlin Music labels.
Bowlin currently serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of Strings at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and in the summer serves on the faculties of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Prior to coming to Oberlin in 2007, he taught at the Juilliard School as assistant to Ronald Copes of the Juilliard Quartet.
Bowlin is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, where his major teachers included Roland and Almita Vamos, Ronald Copes, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer, and Stephen and Kimberly Sims.
Amit Peled – Cello
Praised by The Strad magazine and The New York Times, internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Having performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Konzerthaus Berlin, Peled has released over a dozen recordings on the Naxos, Centaur, Delos, and CTM Classics labels. Musical America named Peled one of the Top 30 Influencers of 2015.
Recent career highlights include Bach Suite cycles in the United States, Europe, and Israel; performances of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto at the Kennedy Center; a debut collaboration with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra led by Maestra Marin Alsop; a return to the Ravinia Festival in celebration of Peled’s recording of the Brahms Cello Sonatas on the Goffriller cello (1733) once owned by the legendary cellist Pablo Casals; a return visit as a soloist to the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; performances of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Penderecki’s Second Cello Concerto conducted by the legendary Krzysztof Penderecki himself; Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata recorded on the Casals cello; and a worldwide musical celebration of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano to commemorate the composer’s 250th anniversary.
One of the most sought-after cello teachers in the world, Peled is a professor at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he has taught since 2003 and was one of the youngest professors ever hired by a major conservatory. He has instructed students who have gone on to garner top prizes at international competitions such as the Carlos Prieto International Competition in Mexico, the Schoenefeld International Competition in China, and Young Concert Artists Guild in New York. Embracing the new era of the pandemic, Peled recently established the Amit Peled Online Cello Academy in order to reach cellists all over the world with private lessons and in-depth courses on his First Hour technique method.
Passing on the tradition in which he performed with his mentors Bernard Greenhouse and Boris Pergamenschikow, Peled regularly performs with the Amit Peled Cello Gang. Composed of students
from Peled’s studio at the Peabody Institute, members of the Cello Gang range in age from undergraduate freshmen to second year master’s students. Peled and the Cello Gang tour regularly around the country with recent performances at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, as a resident ensemble in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and all across Maryland, the gang’s home state. Peled is also the founder, conductor, and artistic director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra dedicated to nurturing the careers of recently graduated music students, which annually performs a five-program season in Baltimore, Silver Spring, and Rockville, Maryland.Raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Amit Peled began playing the cello at age 10. From 2012 through 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello, which was loaned to him personally by Casals’ widow, Marta Casals Istomin. Today, he performs on a cello made by the Italian master Giovanni Grancino, ca. 1695, on generous loan from the Roux Family Foundation. Amit Peled is represented worldwide by CTM Classics. For more information visit www.amitpeled.com.
Yerin Lee – Woodwind
Yerin Lee, who was appointed as the first full-time flute professor at the Korea National University of Arts in 2014, is recognized for his feat of winning pure domestic students in the best international competitions for the first time in the wind music category.
She went to Paris alone at the age of 14. After completing her regular middle and high school courses in France, she studied at the National High Conservatory of Lyon, Professor Philip Bernold, the highest authority in the flute world, and Professor Andras Adoryang, a master at the Munich School of Music, Germany. Completed the best performer course.
She won the Seoul Rookie Music Concours, was selected as an artist at the Seoul Arts Center, and became the chief runner of the Suwon Symphony Orchestra.
She is also well received on her international stage, including an invitational recital at the Ars Antonina Association in France, an Antalya National Orchestra concert in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hanteo diplomatic relations, and a soloist at the Daegwallyeong International Music Festival's'Employees Series' and the Japanese flute convention.
In addition, she is invited as a collaborator of the Seoul Arts Center's planned Saturday concert, 11 o'clock concert, university orchestra festival and KBS Symphony Orchestra, Suwon City, Gyeonggipil, Cheongju City, Gunsan City, Pohang City, Prime Phil Orchestra, etc. He was chosen as an artistic director for the <TLI Indoor Music Festival>, which began in 2012, and has been striving to establish itself as a "small but strong" festival through two successful festivals so far.
She currently serves as a professor of instrumental music at the Korea National University of Arts, and she is an art director at the TLI Chamber Music Festival, an advisor to the Hyundai Motor Company Chung Mong-koo Scholarship Foundation, and a Dolce Powell Artist.
Eric Reed – Brass
Eric Reed is an internationally recognized horn player, chamber musician, and educator. He is a member of the American Brass
Quintet, and serves on the horn and chamber music faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Connecticut and New York University. In addition to his work with the ABQ, Eric performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He is a former member of the Canadian Brass and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect, as well as the Oregon, New World, and Harrisburg symphonies. Eric has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and International Contemporary Ensemble, as Guest Associate Principal Horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra and as Guest Principal Horn with
the New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and American Ballet Theater. He is a member of Ensemble Échappé, a recently-formed sinfonietta dedicated to music of the 21st century. Recent world premieres include works by John Zorn, Nina C. Young, Eric Ewazen, William Bolcom, Philip Lasser, Kenneth Fuchs and Timo Andres. Mr. Reed is on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Round Top Festival Institute, and Idyllwild Arts Festival. His chamber music festival appearances include Bridgehampton, North Shore, Cape Cod, Steamboat Springs, and Mostly Mozart. Reed holds degrees from Rice University and The Juilliard School. Eric resides in the Bronx with his wife, violinist Sarah Zun and their sons Oliver and Elliot.